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Asaf Fybish

Asaf Fybish is a Tel Aviv-based growth marketing professional. He likes all things organic, especially when it comes to growth. He's our Chief of Stash at StartupStash

Working From Home? Here’s a List of 130+ Free Online Courses

In the last few weeks, the CoronaVirus arrived in my country and changed the way I live (hopefully not for too long). I found my self working from home for hours, watching Netflix, and slowly feeling more and more depressed. A few friends recommended for me to take an online course as a way to spend my time at home wisely.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When the world gives you COVID-19, find an online course.

After searching for hours between hundreds of different online courses, I decided to create a list of 100+ free online courses and share it with the world. There are millions of people that are now working from home, or just chilling, waiting for the CoronaVirus to end. This is for all of us:

Business:

How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC, by University of London

This course will introduce, and help you put to use in your startup, the five models through which your customers can – and will, if you ask them! – fund your business. These five time-tested models have been put to use by entrepreneurial like Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and more.

Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour by University of London London

The aim of the course is to change the conception of brands as being an organisation’s visual identity (e.g., logo) and image (customers’ brand associations) to an experience along “moments-that-matter” along the customer journey and, therefore, delivered by people across the entire organisation.

Protecting Business Innovations via Patent

This course assumes no prior knowledge in law, business or engineering. However, students with backgrounds in all three areas will find useful concepts or ideas in the course on how to protect business innovations using patents.
The approach taken in this course is practical and commercial rather than theoretical. A combination of lectures and case studies help to illustrate the concepts and make the course more interesting.

Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success

Learn how to apply tools and techniques to better solve problems, generate ideas, and excel in your chosen career.

Philosophy and Critical Thinking

This course introduces principles of philosophical inquiry and critical thinking that will help us answer this question. Learn how we can use philosophical ideas to think about ourselves and the world around us.

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies by HarvardX

Explore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex social problems in emerging economies.

Becoming a Successful Leader (Inclusive Leadership Training)

Become a successful leader by learning 21st-century leadership skills and applying concepts to the real world.

Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World

Get equipped with the latest tools and social impact insights to develop your own entrepreneurial potential to solve the world’s biggest problems.

An Introduction to Consumer Neuroscience & Neuromarketing

How do we make decisions as consumers? What do we pay attention to, and how do our initial responses predict our final choices? To what extent are these processes unconscious and cannot be reflected in overt reports? This course will provide you with an introduction to some of the most basic methods in the emerging fields of consumer neuroscience and neuromarketing.
You will learn about the methods employed and what they mean. You will learn about the basic brain mechanisms in consumer choice, and how to stay updated on these topics.
The course will give an overview of the current and future uses of neuroscience in business.

Advanced Valuation and Strategy – M&A, Private Equity, and Venture Capital by Erasmus University Rotterdam

his course is helpful for executives that need to value complete strategies and for all students interested in corporate finance and strategy. We present the latest tools and show you how to apply them!

Introduction to Operations Management

Green Business Strategy

In this course, we look at how some firms are responding positively to environmental concerns with new strategies. We look at ‘best practices’ of companies across countries and industries from different perspectives.
We introduce a very helpful framework to structure your thinking about environment and business strategy. We explore why current destructive business practices are so ‘sticky’ and resistant to change.
You don’t have to be an environmentalist or a tree-hugger to benefit from this course.

Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals

This course has been developed by Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (RSM). It focuses on the role of businesses in achieving the SDGs. You will gain insights from leaders of international companies and academics in business and management who will guide you through the issue of how businesses can contribute to the SDGs.

Digital Transformation: Business Development and Marketing

Learn how to evolve and market your product and services in a digitally transforming business landscape.

AI Chatbots without Programming by IBM

Chatbots are increasingly in demand among global businesses. This course will teach you how to build, analyze, deploy and monetize chatbots – with the help of IBM Watson and the power of AI.

Introduction to FinTech by Hong Kong University

Learn from leading academics and practitioners from around the world about the innovations, technology and regulation driving the transformation of finance.

Global Human Capital Trends

This course explores the top trends in Human Capital Management (HCM) based on the Global Human Capital Trends 2016 Report published by Deloitte LLP. The course is evidence-based and future-oriented, with a focus on practical applications for each trend.

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models

The simple spreadsheet is one of the most powerful data analysis tools that exists, and it’s available to almost anyone. Major corporations and small businesses alike use spreadsheet models to determine where key measures of their success are now, and where they are likely to be in the future.
But in order to get the most out of a spreadsheet, you have the know-how to use it.
This course is designed to give you an introduction to basic spreadsheet tools and formulas so that you can begin harness the power of spreadsheets to map the data you have now and to predict the data you may have in the future.

Design-Led Strategy: Design thinking for business strategy and entrepreneurship

This course is for entrepreneurial managers who are looking for tools and techniques to introduce exciting, innovative products or services to market quickly and informed by high-quality customer insights.

Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies

Learn how fashion and luxury companies work and understand their brands, products, retail, and communication strategies. Travel through business models, international development, and product categories with industry influent experts.

European Business Law: Doing Business in Europe

This six-week course titled Doing Business in Europe is the second in a series of three exploring some of the main business aspects of European Union law.
Besides providing learners with a sound knowledge base of European laws and regulations relevant to establishing and managing a company within the European Union, the course also explores business considerations within a broader perspective by including inputs from leading law practitioners in the field.

Entrepreneurship 1: Developing the Opportunity

By the end of this course, you’ll know how to test, validate and prototype your idea, and also whether or not you fit the profile of an entrepreneur! You’ll also be ready to move on to the next phase of entrepreneurship in Entrepreneurship 2: Launching the Start-Up.

A Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration

This course is about landscape degradation – a global and wicked problem that is contributing to the dooming prospect of depletion of Earth’s finite resources.
But this course is also about the solutions to this problem – business driven landscape restoration. So rather than leaving you powerless with the prospect Obreht puts fowards above, it is our hope that you learn how you can be part of the solution to making sure that Planet Earth still provides a safe and habitable home for future generations. We must act big and we must act now.

The Art of Negotiation

The art of negotiation comes into play daily in the life of employees at all levels and in every position. Participants explore how current approaches to negotiation strategy and tactics are used, what negotiation entails, types of negotiation relationships that exist from hard bargain to win-win, to fully partnered relationships and personal ones. The course explores the personal and behavioral characteristics of an effective negotiator

The Business of Cybersecurity Capstone

This course intends to make the student familiar with information security management.

Business Strategies for Emerging Markets

The course aims to transfer the fundamental knowledge and to form the basic competencies necessary for the development and the implementation of a business strategy in an emerging market.

New Technologies for Business Leaders

From Blockchain over Artificial Intelligence to Virtual Reality technologies: This course will empower business leaders to embrace the concepts and bring the state of the art information technologies into their organizations to improve client and customer engagement and ultimately the bottom line of their businesses.

Business Models for Innovative Care for Older People

This course will introduce you to healthcare innovation within the field of healthy living and active aging. By following two specific cases on diabetes and rehabilitation, this interdisciplinary course will provide you with key theories, tools and concepts for analyzing and developing viable innovative solutions for aging populations.
The lectures will cover demographic, biological, economic, social and cultural aspects of active aging and healthy living, along with lectures on current innovation theories and methods.

Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship, including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker. Students will learn how to innovate and design new ideas and new organizational forms to implement those ideas. Students who take this course will be better prepared to launch social impact

Doing Business in Europe

At the end of the coursework, participants will be able to understand how to design a European-scale development strategy.

Protecting Business Innovations via Trademark

This course provides learners with an understanding of how trademark laws can be used to protect business innovation using a combination of lectures and case examples for discussion. The course focus on protecting innovations with Trademark as one of several tools that can be used by companies to protect their brands and products.

Protecting Business Innovations via Strategy

This course will cover strategies from tangible resources to intangible strategies business employ to be successful. (1) Resource-based strategy (2) Move fast or get passed (3) e-commerce (4) Changing the rules

Accounting, Business and Society: The Multi-faceted Role of Accounting

This course provides an overview of the multi-faceted role of accounting in business and social contexts.
You will get to know the essential of businesses and how they must work around the notions of ethics, the corporate governance (CG) framework and how accountants function as one of the key players in the practices.
A thriving area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is also discussed.

Grow Your Business with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

This introductory business course has been developed from the face-to-face program which has enabled over 10,000 women to see immediate and sustained business growth.
It is designed for women business owners, running established businesses operating for more than one year, to provide the practical tools and skills required to help you grow your business.

Business Implications of AI: A Nano-course

In this course you will learn what Artificial Intelligence is, from a leaders point of view.
How shall we, as leaders, understand it from a corporate strategy point of view? What is it and how can it be used? What are the crucial strategic decisions we have to make, and how to make them? What consequences can we expect if we decide on doing AI-projects and what kind of competences do we need? Where shall we start, and what could be a good second as well as third step? What implications for the organization can we expect? These are the questions answered in this course.

Business English Skills: Introducing Yourself in Business Settings

This lesson is part of a full course, Business English Networking. Take this lesson to get a short tutorial on the learning objectives covered. To dive deeper into this topic, take the full course.

Marketing:

Blogging For Business — Ahrefs

Learn how to grow your blog past 100K monthly visitors and turn thousands of your readers into paying customers.

Introduction to Marketing by University of Pennsylvania

Taught by three of Wharton’s top faculty in the marketing department, consistently ranked as the #1 marketing department in the world, this course covers three core topics in customer loyalty: branding, customer centricity, and practical, go-to-market strategies.

Facebook Marketing Course: How to Develop Effective Organic and Paid Strategies by HubSpot

This course includes everything you need to know to improve and optimize your paid and organic Facebook efforts.

This course is meant for marketers looking for actionable and impactful ways to use this popular social network to grow their business.
Facebook Marketing Course_ How to Develop Effective Organic and Paid Strategies-min

 

Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content by University of Pennsylvania

Ever wondered why some things become popular, and others don’t? Why some products become hits while others flop? Why some ideas take off while others languish? What are the key ideas behind viral marketing?

This course explains how things catch on and help you apply these ideas to be more effective at marketing your ideas, brands, or products.

You’ll learn how to make ideas stick, how to increase your influence, how to generate more word of mouth, and how to use the power of social networks to spread information and influence.

Social Media Advertising by University of Colorado Boulder

Social media platforms are driven by digital advertising. As a result, social media advertising is affordable and can be purchased at almost any budget. Targeting options in social media advertising are also sophisticated.

It is possible to tailor ads around a user’s behaviors (e.g., likes, posts and clicks). This course unpacks small business use cases of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter advertising.

From basic campaigns to advanced techniques including lookalike modeling and audience retargeting, this course shows how to effectively advertise on three major social media platforms.

Engagement & Nurture Marketing Strategies by Chris J. Vargo

Social media platforms are driven by digital advertising. As a result, social media advertising is affordable and can be purchased at almost any budget. Targeting options in social media advertising are also sophisticated.

It is possible to tailor ads around a user’s behaviors (e.g., likes, posts and clicks).

This course unpacks small business use cases of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter advertising.

From basic campaigns to advanced techniques including lookalike modeling and audience retargeting, this course shows how to effectively advertise on three major social media platforms.

Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals: Marketing Analytics in Practice by Northwestern University

In this course, you will learn two of the most effective social strategies used by organizations today.

You’ll see real-world best practice examples and learn what metrics they use to gauge success.

You will also learn the importance of infographics and the impact a well-designed landing page can have on your bottom line. All of the social skills you have learned thus far will be put into action with a multimedia filter and focus blog that you will create to demonstrate how social can enable real-time marketing results.

Shaping Your Professional Brand

Skill-building in this course will include asking questions, listening, developing likeability (you’d better be stellar if you’re difficult), identifying cognitive bias, apologizing, receiving apologies, and the basics of whistleblowing.

Creative Writing: The Craft of Style

Your style is as unique and distinctive as your face, your voice, except that you can choose it, you can can work on it, enhance it. In this course we will introduce aspiring writers to the art of putting pressure on written language. We will study the use of metaphor and imagery, and demonstrate how clarity, grace, and inventiveness in word choice are imperative to a story’s success. Writers will emerge with the revision skills essential to all writers of good stories and good prose.

One Hour Guide to SEO by Moz

Can you learn SEO in an hour? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, at least when it comes to the fundamentals. From Rand Fishkin, we present you with a six-part series of roughly ten-minute-long videos designed to deliver core SEO concepts.

This short course is perfect for a wide range of people including beginner SEOs, clients, and team members.

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Marketing Analytics by University of Virginia

This course gives you the tools to measure brand and customer assets, understand regression analysis, and design experiments as a way to evaluate and optimize marketing campaigns.

You’ll leave the course with a solid understanding of how to use marketing analytics to predict outcomes and systematically allocate resources.

The Marketing Plan by IE Business School

Create your own Marketing Plan for your own product or service idea. In this course, you will learn how to produce arguably the most important marketing tool for any business.

Rather than simply learning the stages of The Marketing Plan, you will be asked each week to complete a peer graded assignment which will help you complete a simplified version of the plan.

Developing an End-to-End Instagram Marketing Strategy For Your Business

Learn how to build and implement a successful organic Instagram marketing strategy.

Harness the power of this visual social network to grow your business and invest in yourself and your career by learning one of the most in-demand skills in digital and social media marketing

Design:

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

This course will teach you the fundamental principles of graphic design: imagemaking, typography, composition, working with color and shape… foundational skills that are common in all areas of graphic design practice.

Learn the Foundations of UX Writing

In this free online course, you’ll learn about: UX writing processes, testing, research, and best practices. Plus, we’ll show you the tools UX writers can’t live without, the blogs they follow, the podcasts they listen to, give you killer microcopy examples from top companies, and so much more.

User Interface (UI) Personalization

Learn the fundamentals of creating web applications that can automatically adapt to a user’s needs and preferences.

Introduction to Game Design by MITx

A practical introduction to game design and game design concepts, emphasizing the basic tools of game design: paper and digital prototyping, design iteration, and user testing.

Design and Development of Games for Learning by MITx

This project-based course explores the process of designing and developing educational games, including issues associated with assessment, implementation, and marketing.

The Language of Design: Form and Meaning

In this course, critique is defined as a detailed, objective analysis of a work of graphic design and its effectiveness.
Critique is an integral part of the making process for designers: it’s not just how we determine if a work of design is or is not successful, it’s how we move our work forward.
Critique is also where other voices and opinions can be brought into the design process.

Video Game Design History

Learn about the evolution of video games from experts at The Strong National Museum of Play, the world’s largest collection of video game materials.

Art and Design in the Digital Age

Explore and discover how art changes technology and how technology changes art

Design Theory

Explore key concepts in the new field of design theory. Gain fundamental knowledge of what design is and its relation to culture, economics, and the arts.

Photoshop Fundamentals

If you’ve ever wanted to try digital painting, but you’re intimidated by photoshop, this course is for you! We’ll go through all of the software’s core functions and tools in a series of easy-to-follow lessons that will have you up and running in no time.

Photoshop CC for Web Design Beginners

This course is designed to teach you the basics of Photoshop, even if you have little to no experience with it, to create profitable web designs that help you stand out from the competition.

Beginner Photoshop to HTML5 and CSS3

In this course you will learn how to create a basic website using Phohoshop and Dreamweaver. You will be able to use Photoshop to create a design for your website and use Dreamweaver to organise the content and make the website fully functional. The website will contain 5 pages : Home, About me, Services, Portfolio and Contact and all the images and support materials are provided. By the end of this course you will be able to make a basic website and put it Live.

Learn Photoshop Tools From Scratch

After completing this course, you will find yourself confident and after practice, you can use your skills in your professional work. You will feel control on your skills and able to complete more projects without any hassle. Whether learning Photoshop is your personal hobby, professional work or interest, this course will definately help you there.

Modern Art & Ideas

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about modern and contemporary art. Over the next five weeks, you will look at art through a variety of themes: Places & Spaces, Art & Identity, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society.

Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing

In this class you will learn the basic principles and tools used to process images and videos, and how to apply them in solving practical problems of commercial and scientific interests.

Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes

This course is designed to help build critical skills that support theme-based teaching practices and build confidence in incorporating modern and contemporary art into interdisciplinary lesson plans.
By addressing themes and questions that arise in relation to modern and contemporary art, the course will help you to think creatively about links to your curriculum and the ways that you can tap into students’ knowledge and life experience.

Gamification by University of Pennsylvania

Gamification is the application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges.
This course will teach you the mechanisms of gamification, why it has such tremendous potential, and how to use it effectively. For additional information on the concepts described in the course, you can purchase Professor Werbach’s book For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business in print or ebook format in several languages.

The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs

This course provides an introduction to:

1. Basic concepts of The Strategies and Skills Learning and Development System (SSLD), their relevance for every day relationships and provide advanced concepts for participants who work in fields of social work and health care.
2. Basic practice principles and methods of SSLD, illustrated by relationship management case studies.
3. The SSLD framework for relationship management assessment; N3C (needs, circumstances, characteristics, capacity) and problem translation.
4. Core competencies in the relationship management application of the SSLD system: Observation learning, simulation, real life implementation, review and monitoring.

Programming:

Learn Python by Codecdemy

Learn the basics of the world’s fastest-growing and most popular programming language used by software engineers, analysts, data scientists, and machine learning engineers alike.

 

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Make Your Own App

Over 6 modules you will interactively learn the basics of web programming (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, …) and how to utilize these techniques to build your own software applications for mobile or desktop devices (exemplified with a chat app).

Learn to Program: The Fundamentals by University of Toronto

Behind every mouse click and touch-screen tap, there is a computer program that makes things happen.

This course introduces the fundamental building blocks of programming and teaches you how to write fun and useful programs using the Python language.

Intro to HTML and CSS

In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of web development, along with best practices and professional problem-solving techniques using Developer Tools.

HTML5 and CSS Fundamentals by WC3

Learn how to build Web sites using HTML5 and basic CSS, directly from W3C, creator of the latest Web standards.

Creative Coding by NYUx

Creative Coding will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming, using code as a method for self-expression in a variety of media, such as 2D graphics, animation, image, and video processing.

Principles of Machine Learning: Python Edition by Microsoft 

Get hands-on experience building and deriving insights from machine learning models using Python and Azure Notebooks.

Programming Basics by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Learn basic computer programming skills and master the art of writing C/C++ programs to solve real-world problems.

Computer Science: Programming with a Purpose by Princeton University

This course covers the first half of our book Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach (the second half is covered in our Coursera course Computer Science: Algorithms, Theory, and Machines). Our intent is to teach programming to those who need or want to learn it, in a scientific context.

Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming by the University of Edinburgh

Introduction to R for Data Science by Microsoft

Learn the R statistical programming language, the lingua franca of data science in this hands-on course.

Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems: Part 1, by University of Maryland

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Asaf Fybish

Asaf Fybish is a Tel Aviv-based growth marketing professional. He likes all things organic, especially when it comes to growth. He's our Chief of Stash at StartupStash

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