5 free online courses to do in lockdown

Be productive during the coronavirus pandemic! Now is not the time for productivity! Upskill! Take it easy! I don’t know about you but I’m getting whiplash about how I should be using lockdown time. My advice? Do what works for you.

One thing I know for certain is I need to keep busy. Too much downtime and I start to dwell on things. All the wrong things. Ever heard the old adage that you can cure feeling down by learning something new? Online courses are one way to do just that.

Here’s 5 free online courses to keep you busy during the coronavirus lockdown, whether you’re bored or want to learn a new skill:

  1. Google Digital Garage – The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

This free 40 hour course from Google can be a refresher for anyone who already works in marketing, or it’s a great overview of the all-encompassing world of digital marketing for people like me who come from totally different professions. I found the modules on ecommerce and SEM to be the most helpful. There’s 26 modules, you can test your knowledge with quizzes at the end of each module, and, if you pass the hour long exam, you earn an Open University certificate you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

  1. Digital Marketing Institute Power Membership

The Digital Marketing Institute has a great offer at the moment where you can sign up for Power membership for 3 months for free. As part of the deal, you can access webinars and articles, but what made me click “sign up” were the free short courses. And I was not disappointed. If you work in content production, you’ll pick up a thing or two from the courses on UX, CX, and content marketing.

  1. MOMA art and design courses

Bit of an art groupie? Can’t draw a stick figure? Loved art at school but dropped it for a “real job”? From the techniques of de Kooning and Pollock to 3D printed dresses, you’ll be able to refine your eye for modern art and design with nine new courses from New York mecca MoMA. Available through online course haven Coursera, the free courses cover fashion design, contemporary art, and photography, with each course drawing on MoMA’s incredible archive of art.

  1. Advanced Google Analytics

Unless you’re a geek for stats and figures, this is most likely a course you’ll do for your career prospects, not for a fun Friday night. And for good reason, too – learning data science and becoming proficient in business analytics is one of the best ways to upskill and add a sought-after skill to your CV. Each topic is explained through video tutorials, there are useful exercises where you have to find data in a test analytics account, and you get a certificate from the Google Analytics Academy at the end. Terrified of analytics? Try the beginner’s course first.

  1. Nikon Photography classes

Take your Instagram game to the next level or get creative with how you document life during coronavirus with a little help from the experts behind the camera. For the month of April you can stream classes at the Nikon Photography School for free so you can finally dust off your old point-and-shoot or pick up some new video skills. As part of the deal, professional photographers offer insights on everything from vlogging to product photography, and from photographing your pets to the power of the perfect lighting.

Sick of staring at a screen? You might like my pandemic reading list instead.


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