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Learn New Skills at Home: Free Online Courses You Can Try Now

The concept of free online courses is not new. Free classes have begun popping up in the early 2000s, and now, a quick internet search would yield dozens if not hundreds of courses to take on a particular subject.

But with the pandemic forcing most of us to stay home, these free online classes have gained a new audience as they have become a way for many to stay sharp and be productive while staying indoors. After all, there’s only so much TV and movies you can watch before you need a break.

Not sure which courses to take? We’ve compiled a list of classes you might want to start with:

General Knowledge

General Knowledge

Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19

Offered by the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics at Imperial College London, this class will help you understand the current pandemic we are currently battling and will seek to answer questions like, “How dangerous is the virus?” and “When will a vaccine be available?”

Take the class here.

The Health Effects of Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest crises the world is facing right now, and this course from Harvard will examine how the effects of climate change apply to human health. It will also teach enrollees how to help mitigate these effects.

Take the class here.

Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry

Take out CTTO and “No copyright infringement intended” from your vocabulary and learn why an artistic work belongs to its creator. You’ll also learn the challenges content creators face in protecting their work in the digital landscape.

Take the class here.

Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters

Ever been told to stop asking questions? In this course, you’ll learn why being told to stop being critical is dangerous, and how academic freedom contributes to a better society. You’ll also learn about the many threats to academic freedom that exist all over the world.

Take the class here.

Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space

Spending your nights looking at the moon and the stars wondering about the universe? Check this course out and understand modern astronomy, as well as the breakthroughs and discoveries that have happened in recent years.

Take the class here.


Life Skills

Life Skills

The Science of Well-Being

What does it take for someone to become happy? This course will attempt to help you discover your own happiness and foster it. You’ll also learn about common misconceptions about happiness.

Take the class here.

A Mini Course on Time Management

Always getting sucked into procrastination? With the seven steps the instructor teaches, you’ll learn how to become more productive. You’ll also learn how to identify and avoid time management traps.

Take the class here.

Logical and Critical Thinking

If you think you’re someone who gets easily fooled, this course is for you. It will teach you how to improve and develop your logical and critical thinking skills by showing you how to evaluate arguments and identify those that are flimsy.

Take the class here.

The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs

You will definitely learn more about yourself and your relationships if you take this course. It will teach you effective communication skills such as listening, understanding, and expression, as well as how to foster relationships that have a positive impact on one’s self.

Take the class here.

Introduction to Personal Branding

Nowadays, perception is as important as reality, and how you present yourself to the world can greatly affect your success. Take this course and learn how to create your own personal brand and maintain it.

Take the class here.


Food and Cooking


Stanford Introduction to Food and Health

Offered by Stanford, this course will help students understand what healthful eating means. It will teach them how to make their eating habits more healthy while still being practical in order to try and avoid diet-related diseases.

Take the class here.

Knife Skills: A Mini Class to Chop Like a Chef 

Got 12 minutes? Take this class and learn basic cuts and how to execute them properly in your own kitchen. You’ll also learn which knife is best for a particular style of chopping, and how to use each one safely.

Take the class here.

Nutrition Kitchen: Basics of Cooking for Busy People

Just as its name suggests, this course teaches the basic cooking skills needed for beginners to be able to prepare a meal by themselves. You’ll learn which cooking equipment, ingredients, and spices are best, as well as how to create your own meal plan.

Take the class here.

Know Yo’ Dough – Baking Tools, Tips, and Techniques

If you’re more into baking, you can take this class, too. It covers all the basics, from tools to mixing, shaping, and actually baking your own treats.

Take the class here.

Fruit Grower

This course from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA aims to teach Filipinos how to grow their own fruits. Lessons include preparing the site, growing seedlings, and of course, harvesting fruits.

Take the class here.


Arts and Entertainment


Introductory Photography Course

Step up your photography skills with this intro class that will teach you basics like how to use your camera’s manual settings (and finally leave Auto Mode), how to frame photos, and how to make photos brighter or darker.

Take the class here.

CS50’s Introduction to Game Development

Harvard’s course on game development helps noobs understand how games are created by using popular examples like Super Mario Brothers, Pokémon, Legend of Zelda, and more. By the end of this course, students will be able to program their own games.

Take the class here.

How to Write Your First Song

Want to create your own song but don’t know where to start? Take this course and learn the tools and techniques many songwriters use to compose their own work. This class will also explore what elements make a song a hit.

Take the class here.

Start Writing Fiction

With the help of published writers, this course will teach you how to create characters for your stories. It also has a workshop portion where your work will be reviewed by your peers and vice versa.

Take the class here.

The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling

Think you have something to say that is worth listening to? Maybe it’s time to try to create your own podcast. Learn the basics of planning, writing, and uploading your own podcast with this class. It will even teach you what software and hardware are effective.

Take the class here.





Like games? Duolingo makes learning a new language even more fun by turning it into a game. You’ll not only learn to read and write in a foreign language but with the help of your microphone, you’ll also learn how to speak it, too.

Check the classes and the app here.

First Step Korean

Want to fully immerse yourself in K-Dramas and K-Pop? Do away with the subtitles with the help of this course. Not only will you learn the basics of the Korean language, you’ll also learn more about Korean culture.

Take the class here.

Spanish For Beginners

The Filipino language has several similarities with Spanish, and that should encourage you to take this course. You’ll learn the basics of the Spanish language and will be able to carry a simple conversation by the end of the course.

Take the class here.

Introduction to Dutch

At the end of this three-week course, you should be able to write and speak basic Dutch. Apart from learning basic but useful sentences and phrases, you will also be taught about grammar and other language rules.

Take the class here.

Steps in Japanese

This three-part introductory course will help you learn how to read, write, and speak basic Nihongo. The course also teaches basic conversational phrases that will help you communicate with native speakers.

Take the classes here.


What are you waiting for? Enroll in your preferred class now and keep your brain challenged. You can also check out other activities at Traveloka.

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