Coursera Offers 115 Courses Free With Certificates Until July 31, 2020

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Monday, July 20, 2020


Besides affecting public health, with three million deaths in the US alone, COVID-19 has affected the state of the economy. Though the situation has been improving since March, many people are still out of work due to drops in demand that forced many employers, both small and large, to lay off staff and cease business. 

As I write, JC Penney intends to shutter 152 stores and ax 1,000 jobs; Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close 200 stores and Fox Business reports that job cuts at US newspapers have been up 170 percent the first half of this year.

The bottom line is that we are living in difficult times. To some: unprecedented times. Yet, how we emerge from this challenging season rests in our hands. We can decide to sit and mourn the jobs and opportunities lost, or we can rise and prepare to emerge roaring and ready to face the post-COVID job market. The resources I share in this article seek to help you with just that.

To help individuals improve their skill set, popular Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) provider, Coursera, offers about 115 courses free with certificates included until the 31st of July. These are those that a plethora of renowned institutions, namely Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins, Imperial College London, UPenn, and Yale, have created.

Usually, one can audit these courses at no cost, only having to pay when they’d like to access assignments and receive certificates they can attach to their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. But as part of this offer, you can sign up for these courses and get certified for free within 180 days post-checkout. 

One of the best things about these courses is that the deadlines within are flexible. Say because of work or school you miss a week or a quiz. In this case, Coursera enables you to reset deadlines. Keep in mind, though, that the ability to earn certificates for free expires 180 days after you enroll in a course as part of this offer before the 31st of July. 

Of these 115 courses, listed initially on Class Central, I’ve posted only those offered in English. If you want to see the complete list, you may do so here

 

 

How these courses benefit you as a professional or student depends on the attitude with which you take them. If you seek the best results, I recommend you take them with a heart to learn, not with a desire to binge through as many as you can just for the certificates. There’s no use obtaining 100 certificates, yet lacking understanding of the content, right? Before taking one of these courses, I highly recommend you read this article by Laurie Pickard on Class Central, which provides hacks for e-learning. 

 

With that said: Stay safe! Happy Learning!2

Andrew Jose is a freelance journalist, studying for his Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University's branch campus overseas in Qatar. He is an International Economics major, and Government and Philosophy minor, regularly writing articles on economics, philosophy, and foreign policy. As well, he is a contributor at The Daily Caller and The Western Journal. Andrew's work has been published here, Airways Magazine, International Policy Digest and several other outlets

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Andrew Jose

Andrew Jose is a freelance journalist, studying for his Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University's branch campus overseas in Qatar. He is an International Economics major, and Government and Philosophy minor, regularly writing articles on economics, philosophy, and foreign policy. As well, he is a contributor at The Daily Caller and The Western Journal. Andrew's work has been published here, Airways Magazine, International Policy Digest and several other outlets

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