Written By Franklin V on Monday, April 25, 2011 | 8:36 AM
100 Free Cutting-Edge Courses
Just because you are unemployed doesn’t mean your day can’t be filled with productivity and learning. With so many college courses available free of charge, there are plenty you can be taking to improve your skills and expand your knowledge to help you become a prospective employee that managers are scrambling to hire. Choose from these classes that can improve writing, communication, teaching, and technological skills or help you learn about web design, business, and entrepreneurship. There are even classes that will help you become a better thinker and expand your horizons by offering fun and useful information. Improve Your Writing Skills These writing classes include improving writing techniques through practice writing essays, studying the mechanics of writing, and more.
The Science Essay. Learn how to write science essays that are clear and understandable to those without a science background in this class. [MIT]
Consumer Culture. Explore the role of Americans as consumers over being citizens while polishing your writing skills here. [MIT]
New Media Literacies. This class looks at the role of literacy throughout history and into the present day with online social networking, videogaming, collective intelligence, and other forms of media. Weekly reading and writing assignments are included. [MIT]
Improve Your Communication Skills Learn to be a better communicator through written and oral methods with these classes that range from online communication to technical communication to academic communication.
Understanding Online Interaction. Communicating online is a major part of society today. Get a better understanding of how it works so you can use it to your advantage. [Utah State University]
Communicating Across Cultures. Globalization has brought new experiences to many, but has also brought a few challenges, including communicating across cultures. Learn how to manage this communication issue in this class. [MIT]
Information Technology Essentials. This class is a business class designed to teach the basics about technology, including information about the Internet, hardware, software, and technology concepts and trends. [MIT]
Finding information in technology. Students will learn how to find the information they need via several methods on the Internet, evaluate the quality of information found, and learn how to stay current with technology. [The Open University]
Learn about Web Design Take these classes to learn everything from HTML basics to more abstract artistic concepts to help you build creative and well-designed websites.
HTML Basics. Learn how to create and link together HTML pages with this class. [University of Washington]
Flash. Discover the basics of Macromedia Flash and create one fully-functional Flash project. [Utah State University]
Learn and Apply HTML. This class teaches you to learn and apply HTML so that you can do your own coding on websites. [Utah State University]
Blender 3D Design. Learn to use Blender software to create 3D designs in this class. [Tufts University]
Art of Color. Study the use of color in visual arts, the psychology of color, the historical use of color in art, and interaction between colors. [MIT]
Improve Your Teaching Skills Teachers looking for employment can spend their extra time taking these classes that help with everything from concept-centered teaching to understanding dyslexia to exploring how you work with other educators.
Understanding dyslexia. Learn how to recognize and manage dyslexia in your students with this course. [The Open University]
Autism Theory and Technology. If you work with students on the autism spectrum, you will want to take this class that is about working with autistic students and current technology that provides educational opportunities for autistic students. [MIT]
Accessibility and eLearning. Technology has changed the educational experience of students with disabilities. Find out more on this topic with this class. [The Open University]
Teaching for good behaviour. The quality of teaching directly affects behavior in the classroom. Find out how you can engage students to promote both learning and positive behavior. [The Open University]
Learn to Think Like an Entrepreneur Maybe you are taking this time between jobs to consider going out on your own. If so, then you will want to check out these classes designed specifically for entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial Marketing. Examine basic marketing and new-venture issues important for entrepreneurs to gain a better understanding. [MIT]
Entrepreneurial Finance. Learn about raising money for technology-based companies and the early stages of development. [MIT]
Managerial Economics. This course covers the basics of microeconomics as it pertains to management decisions and is designed to create strong business leaders. [Utah State University]
Applied Economics for Managers. This course teaches ways economists study consumer reactions to limited resources as well as the markets’ response to these reactions. [MIT]
Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager. Students will learn how to use good judgment in their roles as entrepreneurs in this class that teaches basic legal issues from start-up to going public. [MIT]
Become a Stronger Thinker These classes will improve your thinking processes with classes that include strengthening your logical thinking skills to exploring topics such as mythology, human rights, and gender.
Logic & Proofs. This class provides an introduction to modern symbolic logic with an emphasis on strategic argumentation. [Carnegie Mellon]
Fill Your Mind with Fun and Useful Information While these classes may not directly affect your employability, they will certainly expand your knowledge base and provide you with a productive use of your time while you are unemployed.
Kitchen Chemistry. Learn chemistry from this hands-on class that studies applied chemistry through cooking. [MIT]