The Report by Class Central https://www.classcentral.com/report MOOC News, Interviews, and Analysis Wed, 06 Apr 2022 15:14:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Course review: Astronomy by CrashCourse https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-astronomy/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-astronomy/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2022 15:14:16 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=79367 Astronomy by CrashCourse stands out as a great starting point for learning about the universe in a brief and brilliant way.

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Phil Plait, astronomer and course instructor

My name is Sandokan Sahara-Khan and I am 74 years old. I always wanted to study astronomy, but due to our living standards back when I was young, I was unable to pursue my interest. I want to make up for that now. Finding this online course is the best thing to happen to me.

I was browsing the internet searching for articles about the possibility of life on other planets and the cosmos in general when I wondered if there were online discussions on the subject and if I could somehow get involved in studying them. When I looked up some courses, Astronomy by CrashCourse caught my eye. I started watching astronomy with Phil Plait and was hooked, because he mentioned that astronomy has branched out to more than just looking at stars and planets but to other sciences involved in space exploration.

Why I took this course

When I was very young, I watched the movie Forbidden Planet and was instantly captivated by Robby the Robot. Ever since then I have been interested in artificial intelligence, and it is my belief that in the future robotics will play an important role in astronomy for instance in critical alignment and assessment of telescopes and other astronomical equipment. In some instances, they are already being deployed in certain roles of exploration.

After watching the course, I was so taken by Phil Plait’s dedication and enthusiasm that I went online and ordered a telescope. It just got right to the heart of my already existing love and interest in our vast mysterious universe.

What makes this slightly laughable is the fact that I am 74 years old and cripple, while I await a hip replacement, and can’t go outside to use the equipment, at least for quite a while. I am hoping that all going well I will eventually be able to view the planets first hand.

I have always been interested in the idea that there may be other life forms throughout the universe, and that we are not alone. I feel it would be rather arrogant to think we are the only creatures to exist in this ever-evolving universe.

Who is this course for?

CrashCourse is in my opinion one of the most incredible platforms to teach young and upcoming scientists all the information to spark their young minds into action, a very good starting point for them, and covering such a wide variety of subjects. Keep it up CrashCourse, job well done.

How is the class?

I found the course very interesting and informative, and Phil Plait is very knowledgeable and he made it exciting, so much so I will probably watch it again. He explained everything in such an exciting and interesting way.

Since then, I have received 10 certificates for other online courses based around physics, dark matter, computational language and the possibility of life throughout the universe. Very basic courses, but very interesting.

What is next?

Of all the courses, Astronomy by CrashCourse stands out as a great starting point for learning a lot in a short amount of time because of the way it is laid out, and the brilliant way it is presented.

I hope to pursue more courses like this one.

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Learning with MOOCs 2022: Abstracts Due on April 7 https://www.classcentral.com/report/learning-with-moocs-2022/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/learning-with-moocs-2022/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2022 13:08:00 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=79449 The conference welcomes submissions on all facets of MOOCS, including design, delivery, and analytics.

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The 8th edition of the IEEE conference Learning with MOOCs will take place in Antigua, Guatemala, on September 29–30, 2022.

The last edition was already supposed to take place in Antigua, but due to the pandemic, the event had to be moved online. This year, the current circumstances allow again for an in-person event.

The conference welcomes submissions on all facets of massive open online courses, including design, delivery, and analytics, both in research and industry. This year, in particular, the event also invites submissions on the impact of MOOCs during the pandemic.

If you’d like to submit a contribution, don’t wait: the deadline for sending extended abstracts is April 7, while the final papers are due on May 30.

Theme & Topics

In 2022, the theme of the conference is “From the Pandemic to the Remote World”, expanding the event’s focus — MOOCs as catalysts of the Industry 4.0 — to discuss the role MOOCs played during the pandemic and are expected to play in the so-called post-pandemic world.

More specifically, the conference is interested in the following topics, among others:

  • MOOC curricula design & development
  • MOOC-based online degree programs
  • MOOC usage in the workplace
  • Learning analytics in MOOCs
  • AI applications in MOOCs
  • MOOCs & the pandemic

You can find a more complete list of topics here.

Having attended the conference several times, I’ll say that while it has a notable penchant for hard research, it’s also an opportunity for discussions with industry practitioners, including MOOC instructors and MOOC platform leaders, making for a well-rounded event.

Program & Call for Papers

While the specifics of the program have yet to be determined, like in previous editions, the event will include keynote sessions, full-paper presentations, lightning talks, poster sessions, and workshops.

In addition, the conference sessions will be interspersed with social events, facilitating discussions, networking, and collaboration.

If you’d like to submit a contribution, you can find the author guidelines here. Extended abstracts are expected by April 7. You’ll know if your submission is accepted by April 25. And if accepted, you’ll be invited to send your full submission by May 30.

You can find all the details about the various conference deadlines here.

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10 Best Artificial Intelligence Courses to Take in 2022 https://www.classcentral.com/report/best-ai-courses/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/best-ai-courses/#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2022 17:00:34 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=79431 I've put together a list of the best AI courses available online. Learn about AI and its promises for the future!

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In this article, I’ve gathered and ranked the best courses to learn Artificial Intelligence, following a well-established methodology that you can read all about below.

But if you’re in a hurry, here are my top picks. Click on one to skip to the course details:

Course Workload In Brief
1. Introduction to AI (Helsinki) 60 hours Best overall course for beginners
2. CS50’s Artificial Intelligence with Python (Harvard) 100–200 hours Best AI programming and fundamentals Python course
3. AI For Everyone (DeepLearning.AI) 12 hours Focuses on AI applications in business settings
4. Building AI (Helsinki) 50 hours Hands-on learning for non-programmers and programmers
5. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (IBM) 11 hours Great all-rounder introduction to AI
6.  AI Fundamentals (DataCamp) 4 hours Concise introduction to AI concepts
7. Digital Skills: Artificial Intelligence (Accenture) 6 hours Well-rounded course for non-technical people
8. Math for AI beginner part 1 (KAIST) 8 hours Teaches the linear algebra needed for AI
9. Modern Artificial Intelligence Masterclass (Udemy) 16 hours Intermediate paid course with variety of topics
10. Practical Python for AI Coding 2 (KAIST) 9 hours Teaches the Python libraries used for coding AI

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is the field concerned with making machines learn from experience and adapt to new observations just like a human would. It is an incredibly progress-driven field with a wide area of applications ranging from medical to marketing to virtual reality and much more.

Someday, AI is bound to transform the world. It is already an important face of many of the applications we use today. And its importance will only grow from here. Hence, learning AI technology will future-proof your career.

According to LinkedIn Talent Solutions, demand is high for tech professionals with artificial intelligence experience. And if you look at the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, it is peppered with references to Artificial Intelligence, denoting its importance of the jobs of tomorrow.

Course Ranking Methodology

I built this ranking following the now tried-and-tested methodology that I used in previous rankings (you can find them all here). It involves a three-step process:

First, let me introduce myself. I’m part of the Class Central team, and I (@elham) built this ranking in collaboration with my friend and colleague @manoel.

We built this ranking by searching through our extensive database of 60K+ online courses and looking at features like ratings, reviews, and bookmarks. We sifted through the sea of online courses to bring you the very best out there.

Of course, the best courses get around by word of mouth, but ratings and reviews don’t tell the whole story. Some courses receive so much attention (especially some of the older courses: the classics!) that other excellent resources can go unnoticed. Hence, the next step was to bring our knowledge of online education into the mix.

Second, we used our experience as online learners to evaluate each preliminary pick.

We both come from computer science backgrounds and are prolific online learners, having completed about 45 MOOCs between us. Additionally, Manoel has an online bachelor’s in computer science, while I am currently completing my foundation in computer science. 

We carefully analyzed each course and ranked them one by one. We bounced ideas off each other and made iterative improvements to the rankings, until we were both satisfied. That is the ranking you are reading right now!

Third, during our research, we stumbled across courses that we felt were well-made but weren’t well-known. Had we adopted a purely data-centric approach, we would have to leave those courses out of the ranking, if only because they had fewer enrollments.

Instead, we favored a holistic approach. To spice up this ranking, we’ve added a diverse range of AI courses that will hopefully appeal to each of our readers’ taste buds.

After going through this process — combining Class Central data, our experience as lifelong learners, and a lot of editing — we arrived at our final ranking. So far, we’ve spent more than 15 hours building this ranking, and we intend to continue updating it in the future.

Course Ranking Statistics

Here are some aggregate stats about the ranking:

  • The most popular course in this ranking has around 756K enrollments.
  • All together, the course’s enrollments add up to a total of 1.5M enrollments.
  • 8 courses are free or free-to-audit, while 2 are paid.
  • Together, they account for 700+ reviews at Class Central.
  • The most represented course provider on this list is Coursera.
  • About 306K people are following Artificial Intelligence Courses on Class Central.

Without further ado, let’s go through the top picks.

1. Elements of AI (University of Helsinki)

My #1 pick for the best artificial intelligence course is Elements of AI by the University of Helsinki.

The reason why this course is my top pick is because virtually anyone can start their AI-learning journey here and leave with impressive knowledge, whether you’re a programmer or not.

This course is open to everyone interested in learning what artificial intelligence is, what is possible (and not possible) with AI, and how it affects our lives — no complicated math or programming required!

The course includes modules on machine learning, neural networks, the philosophy and ethics of artificial intelligence, and using artificial intelligence to solve problems.

What You’ll Learn

The course contains six modules: What is AI?, AI problem solving, real world AI, machine learning, neural networks, and implications (of AI).

In the first module, you’ll learn how to define AI — or rather how difficult it is to define. Autonomy and adaptivity are two key concepts for explaining and understanding AI, and you’ll apply these to different fields of AI. You’ll also explore basic philosophical problems like the Turing test and Chinese room thought experiment, and their implications for AI.

Many problems can be formulated as search problems, like the popular River crossing puzzle. In the second module, you’ll learn about AI search algorithms. You’ll start by formulating a real-world problem as a search problem, drawing game trees and state diagrams of these problems. Often, there may be more than one solution to a problem but you want to find the best solution. By using the minimax principle, you’ll learn how to come up with an optimal solution, and prove it.

The third module deals with probability. Being uncertain may sound like a weakness, but when most natural phenomena are random, thinking in probabilities makes AI super powerful. You’ll learn and apply the Bayes rule to infer risks in scenarios like the odds of having breast cancer given a positive test, as well as explain the base-rate fallacy and how to avoid it with Bayesian reasoning. Naive Bayes classification is based on the same methods and is used to detect spam emails in your inbox, among others.

The fourth and fifth module dive into the theory behind machine learning and neural networks, which are methods for AIs to learn and adapt to new information. There are two main categories of machine learning: supervised and unsupervised. You’ll focus on learning a few supervised machine learning methods such as the nearest neighbor method, linear regression, and logistic regression. You’ll learn what a neural network is, how they are built, and where they are currently being used with success.

In the sixth module, you’ll investigate the implications — positive and negative —  of AI. The biggest effect AI can have isn’t technological, but political. The final module will help you better evaluate the claims made about AI, as well as identify some of the major societal implications of AI relating to algorithmic bias, AI-generated content, privacy, and work. This understanding will transform you into a much more informed individual, able to keep up with this fascinating, but potentially scary technology.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 6 weeks long, with each week taking 5 to 10 hours to complete. You’ll learn primarily by reading the course’s beautifully written articles, elucidated by illustrations.

Each article is usually accompanied by one or more exercises for you to complete to qualify for a free certificate.

Institution University of Helsinki
Level Beginner
Workload 60 hours total
Enrollments 750K
Rating 4.8 / 5.0 (709)
Certificate Free

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

2. CS50’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python (Harvard University)

My second pick for the best AI course is Harvard’s CS50’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python.

If you’re confident with Python and are willing to charge head-first into AI programming, you’ll love this course. But if you’re not so confident, check out my Python ranking.

This course aims to teach you the theoretical frameworks that enable these emerging technologies while also providing you with the practical experience to apply these powerful techniques in your work.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to work with libraries for machine learning as well as design your own intelligent systems based on the AI principles taught in the course.

What You’ll Learn

The course is composed of 7 sections: Search, Knowledge, Uncertainty, Optimization, Learning, Neural Networks, Language.

Search is about finding a solution to a problem, or more precisely a sequence of actions that leads from the initial state to the desired goal state. An example of a search problem would be finding the best route from your starting position to a destination. You’ll learn the different kinds of algorithms, like breadth-first search and depth-first search, and their pros and cons. 

Knowledge covers how to make AIs represent and draw inferences from information. You’ll learn about propositional logic, making statements about the world that can be either true or false, and how to code a rational AI. A brief section on First Order Logic, a form of logic more granular than propositional logic, is also available.

Often, we do not have all the pieces needed to solve a puzzle, but we do want to imagine how it might look. Uncertainty deals with uncertain events using probability, and you’ll learn the fundamentals of probability: conditional probability, Bayesian networks, Markov models — you’ll name it!

Optimization ties in with Search by asking not only for a solution to a problem, but also for the existence of a better or best way to solve it. You’ll learn about various methods used to accomplish this, as well as some graph theory.

Learning strives to improve performance based on access to previous data and experience. This is when you’ll encounter machine learning and its types: supervised and unsupervised. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the theory behind them, as well as the precautions one must take when applying machine learning algorithms.

Program structures similar to the inner workings of a human brain that is able to perform tasks effectively are called Neural Networks. Artificial Neural Networks too have different flavors: conventional and recurrent. You’ll gain an intuition behind them and learn how to implement your own neural networks using Google TensorFlow.

The final part of the course tackles how an AI can understand Language, or what people in the industry call Natural Language Processing (NLP). Using the nltk library, you’ll parse and tokenize sentences, and then, you’ll learn how to perform information extraction and sentiment analysis on them using various NLP models.

How You’ll Learn

This course will roughly take you 100–200 hours, depending on your previous coding experience. You’ll learn through the various splendidly produced video lectures and supplement your learning with the course notes. You’ll also be tasked with completing 7 quizzes and 7 coding projects along the way to prove that you know your stuff. Upon course completion, you’ll earn a certificate if you have paid for it.

Institution Harvard University
Provider edX
Instructors Brian Yu and David J. Malan
Level Beginner
Workload 100–200 hours total
Enrollments 480K
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • The course has 1.4K bookmarks on Class Central.
  • Brian Yu has a YouTube channel called Spanning Tree which talks about various topics in computer science and mathematics.
  • This course is the longest course in this ranking, owing to its comprehensiveness.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

3. AI For Everyone (DeepLearning.AI)

My third pick for the best artificial intelligence course is AI For Everyone offered by DeepLearning.AI on Coursera.

This course is similar to our first pick, both accessible to non-technical people, but with a focus on the business aspects of AI. By the end of this course, you’ll have a better understanding of AI technology than most CEOs of large companies, and additionally have the skills to help yourself, your company, and others navigate the rise of AI.

No knowledge of AI is necessary prior to taking this course.

What You’ll Learn

The course consists of 4 weeks: What is AI?, Building AI Projects, Building AI in Your Company, and AI and Society.

The course begins with an introduction to AI and its techniques. You’ll study common AI terminology — neural networks, machine learning, deep learning, and data science — to understand the work that AI specialists do. Companies that excel at integrating AI are called AI companies, which include the likes of Google and Baidu. You’ll learn what makes a company an AI company so that you can transform your company into the likes of them. Lastly, you’ll see some applications for which AI is suitable and some for which it isn’t.

The second week of the course instructs you on the workflow of an AI project, and what it feels like to work on an AI project. Then, you’ll learn how to form an AI project, and verify that it is technically feasible to complete by creating a framework with a group for brainstorming. Finally, you’ll learn how to build a team and organize data to start working on an AI project. 

The third week illustrates the steps you can take right away towards utilizing AI in your company. You’ll explore a few case studies of complex AI products, like a smart speaker or self-driving cars, to see how multiple AI modules work together. You’ll also explore a roadmap for building an AI strategy and team, and understand the major roles people play. Furthermore, the course also provides an optional survey of major AI application areas and techniques.

The fourth and final week discusses some of the major societal issues associated with the rise of AI. For example, AI technology can be biased and discriminate against minorities and other groups, and can also be susceptible to attacks that try to fool the AI. You’ll learn some of the ways AI practitioners have addressed these issues, as well as understand the impact AI has on developing economies and the global jobs landscape to make sure that the work you do on AI is ethical.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 4 weeks long, with 12 hours worth of material. The course has video lectures and notes that you can read from.

Regarding assessments, each week ends with a quiz that will test your knowledge retention, although the quiz is only for those paying for the certificate.

Institution DeepLearning.AI
Provider Coursera
Instructors Andrew Ng
Level Beginner
Workload 12 hours total
Enrollments 754K
Rating 4.8 / 5.0 (35K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Andrew Ng is also the creator of the most popular MOOCs of all time.
  • The widespread success of his machine learning course encouraged Andrew Ng to found Coursera, the platform this course is on!
  • The course has hundreds of bookmarks on Class Central.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

4. Building AI (University of Helsinki)

Building AI by the University of Helsinki is a continuation of their first course, Introduction to AI, this list’s #1 pick. It builds on the previous course by teaching you the algorithms involved in creating AI methods, as well as how and where these methods can be applied in real life. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to invent your own AI concept and present it in an understandable format.

A nice feature of this course is that it provides 3 different levels of exercises: `beginner` if you have no coding experience, `intermediate` if you know some Python, and `advanced` if you are comfortable with Python. Hence, to get the most out of this course, I recommend that you learn some basic Python programming.

What You’ll Learn

The course begins with an introduction to optimization tasks — finding the best solution to a problem. You’ll understand what kind of problems can be solved as a straightforward optimization task and how simulated annealing can avoid greedy outcomes, by preferring good enough solutions over optimal ones.

Next, you’ll deal with uncertainty. You’ll learn probability fundamentals like the Monte Carlo method and conditional probability, which you’ll use to make inferences about future events. You’ll also use the Bayes rule and Naive Bayes to calculate the probability that a message received in your email is spam or ham.

The next chapter introduces you to machine learning and includes a small section on Natural Language Processing. You’ll study linear regression and its mathematical theory to make predictions. Then, you’ll learn how the nearest neighbor method is used for both regression and classification tasks, but be careful of overfitting!

Moving deeper into machine learning, you’ll come across neural networks and deep learning. You’ll explain and use sigmoid functions and logistic regression and see the advantages of neural networks. You’ll be able to discuss what deep learning is and some “hot topics” in the field. Lastly, you’ll build your own simple neural network.

The course concludes with an optional project where you can create your own AI idea, design it, and share it with others taking the same course.

How You’ll Learn

This course consists of 5 chapters with a combined 50 hours of course material. Just like Introduction to AI, you’ll primarily learn through reading and completing exercises.

Institution University of Helsinki
Level All Levels
Workload 50 hours total
Enrollments 750K
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • The course has 420 bookmarks on Class Central.
  • This course has also been recommended by Google

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

5. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (IBM)

Offered by IBM on Coursera, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) is designed for anyone who wants to learn about AI with hands-on lab experience — no technical or programming background required! Whether you are an executive, a developer, a student, this is a great course to begin learning AI.

The course teaches you what Artificial Intelligence is, explores use cases and applications of AI, discusses AI concepts and terms like machine learning, deep learning and neural networks, and exposes to various ethical issues surrounding AI. Additionally, you’ll get the chance to hear advice from experts about learning and starting a career in AI.

What You’ll Learn

Starting off with an introduction to AI, you’ll see how AI helps experts scale their capabilities to do time-consuming work. You’ll learn about the various applications of AI in industries such as robotics and automation, airport security, and even playing Jeopardy! You’ll also learn how we classify AI based on strength, breadth, and application.

Then, you’ll study several concepts and terminology used in the field of AI. You’ll understand what makes cognitive computing systems (AIs) different from conventional computing systems, like how they can improve over time by learning from their interactions. This brings us to the concepts — machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks — that allows machines to learn. You’ll also explore the many applications of AI, like Natural Language Processing (NLP), Speech Synthesis, and Computer Vision, that empower many of our technologies today.

Since we have discussed AI applications, we must also acknowledge the issues and concerns behind the ethics of AI and their impact — good or bad — on society. You’ll learn how AI is susceptible to bias, like in jobs, enabling you to have an informed discussion on the costs and benefits of AI. Not only that, but you’ll also learn the principles for ethical AI, and reassure decision makers about implementing AI solutions.

Finally, the last section of the course deals with the future of AI. AI experts have varied views about the long-term impact of AI, but what is certain is that AI will have a notable impact. To prepare for this, you’ll hear advice from experts about learning and starting a career in AI. To demonstrate AI in action, you’ll work with IBM’s AI, named Watson, to utilize Computer Vision and classify images.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 4 weeks long, with a total of 11 hours worth of material. The main medium of instruction is through both watching videos and reading articles. Each week ends with a quiz on what you’ve been taught, and the final week has a project where you’ll finish a hands-on lab experience. The quizzes can only be taken by those who are paying for certification.

Institution IBM
Provider Coursera
Instructor Rav Ahuja
Level Beginner
Workload 11 hours total
Enrollments 152K
Rating 4.7 / 5.0 (8.9K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Rav Ahuja is a Global Program Director at IBM and is also the co-founder of Cognitive Class, an IBM led initiative to democratize skills for in demand technologies.
  • The course has 349 bookmarks on Class Central.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

6. AI Fundamentals (DataCamp)

So what is all this AI fuss about? This short but dense 4 hour course cuts through the hype behind Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Predictive Analytics.

You’ll understand how machines actually learn, and what their limitations are. You’ll also learn how Machine Learning recognizes written digits, predicts customer churn and finds structure in Elon Musk’s tweets — through simple hands-on Python programming!

What You’ll Learn

The course covers 4 topics: Introduction to AI, Supervised Learning, Unsupervised Learning, and Deep Learning & Beyond.

You’ll begin by discussing the definition of AI (like “general” vs “narrow”), and the relationship between AI and Machine Learning. You’ll learn about AI models and why all models are wrong — but not useless! You’ll also be briefly introduced to the three flavors of machine learning: supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning.

The course then delves deeper into supervised learning, where you’ll work with labeled data. You’ll learn the difference between regression and classification models, as well as how to train and evaluate both models.

Flipping to the other side of the coin, the course moves to unsupervised learning. Unsupervised learning involves dividing data into clusters, detecting anomalies and selecting the right model for the job, like Principal Component Analysis, K-Means Clustering, and DBSCAN.

The final part of the course is about deep learning. You’ll learn the theory and intuition — like the types of layers —  behind neural networks, before creating your first neural network. You’ll end the course by training a model to recognize digits.

How You’ll Learn

This course comprises 4 sections and is 4 hours long. There are video lectures that you’ll watch, along with several assessments and coding exercises that you’ll complete in order to strengthen your knowledge of AI.

Institution DataCamp
Instructor Nemanja Radojković
Level Beginner
Workload 4 hours total
Enrollments 17K
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Nemanja Radojković is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Dataroots, where he helps businesses harvest the power of their data.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

7. Digital Skills: Artificial Intelligence (Accenture)

This course aims to equip you with a broad understanding of AI. It will discuss the past, present and future of artificial intelligence, as well as interesting facts, trends and insights about using it. You will also explore the working relationship between humans and AI and the predicted skills needed to interact with AI technology. With this understanding, you will be able to hone your own skills and even adapt your career.

You do not need any knowledge of AI prior to taking this course.

What You’ll Learn

The course is split into 3 weeks: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence in Industry, and Adapting your skills to work with Artificial Intelligence.

The first week of the course starts with an introduction to AI. You’ll discover what Artificial Intelligence is and where it came from, and see examples of AI sensing, comprehending, learning, and automating the world around it. Then, you’ll discover the implications of AI, the consideration we must take, as well as the importance of responsible AI.

The second week is about AI in industry. You will cover several case studies of practical AI being used across different industries like retail, banking, healthcare, agriculture, and much more. Not only does it impact industries, but also individuals like you and me. You’ll learn about the three kinds of roles associated with AI development: trainers, explainers, and sustainers.

The third and final week will teach you about adapting your skills to work with AI. You’ll learn how the relationship between AI and humans has changed, and additionally, six AI skills that are expected to be in demand in the future. Lastly, you’ll understand how your current skills are useful in today’s workforce, and then recognise the areas in which you can improve, and develop an action plan to ensure that you stay relevant in the future workforce.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 3 weeks long with an estimated study time of 2 hours a week. There are plenty of videos and articles, as well as exercises and self-assessments. You’ll also have opportunities to share and discuss what you’ve learnt from the course with learners from all around the globe through the discussion board.

Institution Accenture
Provider FutureLearn
Instructor Fernanda Reyes
Level Beginner
Workload 6 hours total
Enrollments 111K
Rating 4.7 / 5.0 (1.4K)
Certificate Free

Fun Facts

  • This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. 
  • Accenture Digital Skills has several other free, interactive series of courses helping and preparing people to build the digital skills necessary to gain a job or start a business.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

8. Math for AI Beginner – Part 1 Linear Algebra (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

If you’re serious about learning AI then face it: you’ll need math.

Math for AI beginner part 1 Linear Algebra by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology aims to teach the linear algebra behind many famous machine learning algorithms used in AI. After completing this course, you’ll know the essentials of linear algebra used in AI applications.

What You’ll Learn

The course begins with an introduction to AI. AI has been talked about and discussed in the news and movies a lot, which has caused some people to fear AI. This fear stems from their lack of understanding of what AI actually is, and that AI is in fact already all around them! You’ll learn why there has been rapid progress made in AI in the last few decades, as well as how AI might lead humanity forward into the next industrial revolution.

Next, you’ll be given a brief overview of the different types of machine learning, as well as deep learning. Many problems in engineering and the physical sciences can be formulated in terms of a system of linear equations, which is why linear algebra is fundamental to AI methods.

Before introducing you to linear algebra, the course takes you through a refresher on matrices, how to operate on them, and their terminology. Matrices are important because they are used to solve linear equations systems fast! You’ll use row operations on matrices to find their solutions, inverse, and determinants. You’ll also learn how to express matrices that aren’t linearly independent as a linear combination of vectors.

Finally, you’ll use these methods for solving matrix eigen-problems and diagonalization of a square matrix, which are used extensively in both deep learning and reinforcement learning. Finally, you’ll end with a segment on how linear algebra and vector calculus form the basis behind the theory of support vector machines.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 6 weeks long, with 7–8 hours worth of material. You’ll primarily learn through a series of wonderfully produced video lectures. There are a total of 5 exercises to be completed only if you are paying for the certificate.

Institution Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Provider Coursera
Instructor Yoon Yong Jin
Level Beginner
Workload 8 hours total
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • The course has 52 bookmarks on Class Central.
  • Yoon Yong Jin is KAIST’s Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a total of 3611 citations according to Google Scholar.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

9. Online Course: Modern Artificial Intelligence Masterclass (Udemy)

Modern Artificial Intelligence Masterclass: Build 6 Projects by Ryan Ahmed is a hands-on course that teaches students the key aspects of modern Artificial Intelligence applications in an easy and fun way by practicing with real-life datasets.

You’ll cover various elements of the AI/ML workflow covering model building, training, hyper-parameters, and more — notably, you’ll train and deploy models with Tensorflow and AWS SageMaker, getting familiar with the tools used by AI experts.

Basic knowledge of programming is recommended but not required.

What You’ll Learn

This course covers Emotion AI, AI in Healthcare, AI in Business (Marketing), AI in Business (Finance), Creative AI, and Explainable AI.

You’ll begin by building an AI model that detects people’s emotions by analyzing key facial features with Tensorflow 2.0. You’ll learn how to perform image visualization and augmentation, understand the theory and intuition behind artificial neural networks and assess model performance before deploying it.

Next, you’ll develop a deep learning classifier to automate and optimize the brain tumor detection processes at a hospital, as well as a ResUnet Segmentation model to localize and segment brain tumors.

Market profiling in business involves dividing customers into distinctive groups based on characteristics like gender or age. It’s used for targeted ads, among others. You’ll learn and utilize K-Means Clustering and Principal Component Analysis to help you find groups of similar customers.

Afterwards, you’ll build, train, deploy AI models to predict a customer might default on credit card payments using Amazon Web Service (AWS) SageMaker XGBoost algorithm (if you aren’t familiar with AWS, there is a section at the end of the course that covers it). You’ll optimize XGBoost model parameters using hyperparameters optimization search with AWS Autopilot.

Now is time to explore a new branch of AI that is wonderfully imaginative: Creative AI. You’ll understand the underlying theory and mathematics behind DeepDream for art generation, before developing, training, and testing the state-of-the art algorithm to create AI-based art masterpieces using the Keras API in TensorFlow.

Lastly, you’ll understand the concept of Explainable AI, and uncover the blackbox nature of Artificial Neural Networks and visualize their hidden layers with DataRobot.

How You’ll Learn

This course is composed of 9 sections, with a total of 16 hours of course material. Lectures and Google Collab Notebooks, along with their data sets, will be provided to help you apply what you’ve been taught.

Organization Ligency Team
Provider Udemy
Instructor Ryan Ahmed
Level Intermediate
Workload 16 hours total
Enrollments 29K
Rating 4.6 / 5.0 (643)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

10. Practical Python for AI Coding 2 (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

If you are competent in basic Python programming but the courses above seem too daunting or complex for you, take this friendly introductory course.

Practical Python for AI Coding introduces the Python methods and libraries frequently used in AI, and explains the complementary relationship between NumPy, Pandas and TensorFlow. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to take more advanced AI application courses involving the use of Scikit-learn, TensorFlow and Keras.

What You’ll Learn

The course starts by discussing the difference between NumPy, Pandas, and TensorFlow — the three most important libraries in AI. 

You’ll begin by learning the ins and outs of the NumPy, a library widely-used in AI and machine learning. NumPy offers a clean and elegant way to express code, while also providing better performance than some of Python’s functions. You’ll work with NumPy arrays — creating, operating, and modifying them to store massive amounts of numerical data.

Afterwards, you’ll learn pandas, the bigger and badder brother of NumPy. It’s a popular library for data analysis and manipulation, with a pandas DataFrame being the most common way to represent tables of data. This will be something you’ll do a lot as an AI expert. You’ll explore the magic of panda’s DataFrame and how to modify and slice data, how to apply conditions, and a lot more.

The next section covers strings and input/output. Strings in Python are incredibly simple to understand and operate on compared to other languages, and you’ll see why in this walkthrough. You’ll learn how to concatenate, split, and slice strings, as well how to convert them from ASCII to Unicode — something that confuses a lot of beginners (I was one of them!). Lastly, you’ll learn about panda’s saving and reading files methods.

You’ll then study how we can visualize data in Python. There are two main libraries used for data visualization: matplotlib and seaborn. Matplotlib is highly configurable but complex, whereas seaborn is simpler but less customizable. Anyways, you’ll learn how to utilize both of them, and know when to use one over the other.

The final section of the course coers object oriented programming. You’ll study how to define classes and initialize objects, as well as class inheritance and overriding methods. Finishing this course means that you are now prepared to take on new challenges. Congratulations!

How You’ll Learn

This course is 5 weeks long, with 8–9 hours worth of material. You’ll learn by watching the lecture and walkthrough videos. If you are paying for the certificate, each week contains a quiz that’ll test your knowledge of the material.

Institution Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Provider Coursera
Instructor Youngsun Kwon
Level Beginner
Workload 9 hours total
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

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Coursera’s one-time payment options in Brazil

Until recently, Coursera Specializations were subscription-only. But now, Coursera is offering an alternative, at least to learners based in Brazil and India.

One of our Class Central colleagues based in India recently discovered an option to purchase a specialization for a certain amount of time: 1 month, 3 months, or 6 months. The longer the term, the bigger the discount.

We quickly cross checked this with our colleagues in other countries and found that this new payment option wasn’t available in so-called “developed countries” like the United States, Belgium, and Australia.

These one-time payment options were probably a response to the restrictions put on recurring credit card payments by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last year. These restrictions resulted in many companies moving away from subscriptions.

When I analyzed Coursera’s annual report (also called 10-K Form), this RBI policy change was mentioned under Risk Factors as an example of how Coursera might be impacted by local laws and regulations.

Coursera’s one-time payment options in India

In India, Coursera doesn’t offer learners a choice to pick a subscription plan (as shown in the screenshot above). But in Brazil, learners get a choice between a monthly subscription and a one-time payment. 

This might be related to the RBI ruling. In fact, in India, on the Specializations page, the Coursera Plus catalog subscription is not advertised (though if you visit the Coursera Plus page directly, Indian learners can sign up for it).

Coursera: Payment options available in the US, India, and Brazil
United States India Brazil
Coursera Plus Shown ✔ ❌ ✔
One-Time Payment ❌ ✔ ✔
Monthly Subscription ✔ ❌ ✔

Class Central has been documenting Coursera’s monetization journey right from the beginning. You can read about how Coursera went from zero to hundreds of millions in revenue here.

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[2022] 150+ edX Courses That Are Completely Free https://www.classcentral.com/report/edx-free-online-courses/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/edx-free-online-courses/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2022 12:59:09 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=78782 Did you know edX has courses that still offer an entirely free learning experience? Here's the full list.

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With a catalog of more than 3500 courses, edX should have something for every online learner, no matter the subject they’re interested in. However, free course access on edX is typically limited: most often, you’ll only have access to part of the course content and only for a limited time.

Fortunately, this limitation doesn’t apply to all courses. At Class Central, we’ve scoured the edX catalog to identify courses that still offer free, unlimited access, and we’ve put them in a handy list that we’ll continue to update.

If you enjoy this list, you may also want to have a look at our list of 1600+ Coursera Courses That Are Still Completely Free.

Is edX free?

There once was a time when MOOCs (or massive open online courses) were free, including those offered on edX. But in their quest for a sustainable business model, one after the other, online course providers started introducing paywalls. We reported on it as it happened.

Nowadays, if you want unrestricted access to an edX course, you’ll typically have to pay. More specifically, most edX courses offer the following access modalities:

  • Paid full access: In this modality, you’ll have access to all course material and graded assignments, and upon completion of the course, you’ll earn a verified certificate of completion.
  • Free audit: In this modality, you’ll have temporary access (usually, a month) to the course material, but you won’t have access to graded assignments, and you won’t earn a certificate upon completion.

For example, the popular edX online course Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science that currently tops our ranking of the best data science courses offers precisely these two modalities, as you can see below:

The most common access modalities on edX: Paid full access or free audit

However, while most edX courses default to these two modalities, fortunately for us, some courses still offer free access to all learning materials, including graded assignments.

The only thing these courses don’t include is a certificate (though, for some CS courses, that’s not entirely true). But in terms of content, you’ll have access to the full learning experience.

When you try to enroll into one of these courses, you’ll either immediately have access to the full course, or you’ll be given a choice between paid certificate and free full content access, as shown in the image below.

Note that this is different from the choice shown in the image above. Here the free option isn’t time-limited nor restricted to ungraded assignments. Instead, you’ll have access to all the learning materials. So, unless you absolutely want the paid certificate, pick the option on the right.

Less common edX modalities: Paid certificate vs free full content access

Free edX Courses

The difficult thing is to find these fully-free online courses buried among the rest in edX’s catalog. The provider doesn’t offer a handy filter to easily identify them. So instead, we’ve searched the provider’s catalog and found them for you.

We discovered that currently, more than 150 courses on edX are still completely free in terms of learning content. These courses cover a wide variety of subjects. For your convenience, we’ve broken down the list by subject. Click on a subject to jump to the corresponding courses.

Free Computer Science Courses (7)

Free Health & Medicine Courses (32)

Free Engineering Courses (4)

Free Social Sciences Courses (28)

Free Mathematics Courses (4)

Free Programming Courses (6)

Free Education & Teaching Courses (18)

Free Science Courses (19)

Free Humanities Courses (8)

Free Data Science Courses (1)

Free Business Courses (16)

Free Personal Development Courses (7)

Free Art & Design Courses (5)

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10 Best Web Development Courses to Take in 2022 https://www.classcentral.com/report/best-web-development-courses/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/best-web-development-courses/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2022 10:55:42 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=79401 Want to learn how to build websites? I've found the best web development courses available online.

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In this article, I will take you through a list of the best web development courses available online. Building this ranking required significant research, so I joined forces with a friend developer to create it. We followed a well-defined methodology that you can find below.

But if you want to jump straight to the results, here are our top 10 picks. You can click on a course to jump to the corresponding section:

Course Workload In Brief
1. CS50’s Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (Harvard) 25 hours Rich, detailed and overall a well-built course for intermediate learners
2. HTML, CSS, and Javascript for Web Developers (Johns Hopkins) 40 hours Great for understanding the concepts as well as applying them in real-life
3. Introduction to HTML5 (Michigan) 13 hours Excellent for building a strong foundation in HTML
4. Responsive Web Design (freeCodeCamp) 300 hours For those who want to get hands-on coding practice right away 
5. Introduction to Web Development (UC Davis) 25 hours Well-paced course for beginners to learn the basics
6. Introduction to Web Development with HTML, CSS, JavaScript (IBM) 20 hours Crisp and concise with a focus on cloud application development
7. Responsive Website Basics: Code with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (University of London) 25 hours Main concepts and coding practice fitted neatly into one course
8. Full-Stack Web Development with React (HKUST) 36 hours Elaborate course with a perfect balance of theory and practice
9. Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML and CSS (Duke) 35 hours For those who want to learn the basics of computer programming first
10. HTML5 and CSS Fundamentals (W3C) 15–20 hours Good for learning the key concepts following correct Web standards

What is Web Development?

Web development is simply the process of creating websites and putting them online. Websites can range from single static pages of plain text to complex interactive web applications. Web development requires the basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, the three technologies at the heart of the Web.

Web development has been a rapidly growing industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be a 13 percent increase in web development job opportunities from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.

According to the Future of Jobs Report published by the World Economic Forum, web development is one of the top-10 specialized but versatile skills, and it’s expected to remain so through 2025 at least.

Course Ranking Methodology

To create this ranking, we followed a three-step process:

First, since I’m a content writer at Class Central, the leading search engine for online courses, I started by leveraging our catalog of close to 60K courses.

With my developer friend Manoel, I scoured our database to put together a preliminary selection of courses. I took into account factors like reviews, ratings, enrollments, bookmarks, and more.

In short: I narrowed down the options by looking at well-defined metrics.

Second, I used my experience as an online learner to evaluate each preliminary pick.

Metrics such as course ratings rarely tell the whole story. I am a Guided Project Instructor at Coursera, and I have taken over 50 online courses in various subjects. My experience as an online learner and teacher has given me some perspective on what to look for in an online course. I used my experience to evaluate each preliminary pick. 

In short: I combed through my picks to arrive at a near-final selection.

Third, I expanded this selection to include other valuable resources I’ve come across.

Since there are long-established courses in most topics, more recent courses on the same topic can go unnoticed. But sometimes, more recent courses improve upon the well-established ones. So I made sure to include those when possible.

In short: I rounded up my picks with excellent but less well-known courses.

The end result is a unique selection of courses that combines a decade of Class Central data and my own experience as an online learner to try to get the best of both worlds. So far, I’ve spent more than 12 hours building this list, and I’ll continue to update it.

Course Ranking Statistics

Here are some statistics regarding this course ranking:

  • Combined, these courses have accrued over 4M enrollments.
  • All ten courses are free or free-to-audit.
  • The most-represented course provider in the ranking is Coursera, with seven courses.
  • Combined, these courses have been bookmarked over 61,970 times on Class Central, while the web development subject itself has been bookmarked over 203,200 times.
  • The most-popular course in the ranking has over 1M enrollments by itself.

So without further ado, let’s get to my picks for the best web development online courses.

1. CS50’s Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (Harvard University)

Brian Yu, instructor of the course

My first pick for best web development online course is CS50’s Web Programming with Python and JavaScript, offered by Harvard University on edX.

This course is a follow-up to Harvard’s legendary CS50, Introduction to Computer Science, one of the most popular MOOCs of all time. And a great thing about this course is that you can take it for free through Harvard OCW — it even includes a free certificate of completion!

Carrying forward CS50’s legacy, this course is taught by Brian Yu, who used to be CS50 head TA, and who’s every bit as talented as a teacher as Prof. Malan, CS50 course instructor.

In this course, you’ll dive into the design and creation of web applications with Python, JavaScript, and SQL using frameworks like Django, React, and Bootstrap.

You’ll develop your web development skills by working on a number of projects throughout the course, including an open-ended final project where you’ll have the chance to create a website of your own!

What You’ll Learn

You’ll start by taking a closer look at HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), the languages used to build websites and make them look nice. Then, you’ll be introduced to Git, a tool very commonly used in web development to take snapshots of your code (and avoid losing it in case of system failure!).

After that, you’ll dive deeper into Python, a popular programming language used, among others, to create web applications, and you’ll explore its more advanced features. You’ll focus primarily on using it to create dynamic web applications using a web framework known as Django.

You’ll learn about Django’s ability to handle data. By working with SQL, models, and migrations, you’ll create interactive web applications that use a database.

You’ll move on to JavaScript, the language used alongside HTML and CSS to build dynamic and interactive web pages.

Then you’ll explore how to test so that it works properly and in accordance with industry standards. You’ll touch upon continuous integration and continuous delivery, also known as CI/CD, so that you can quickly update your code when you make any changes.

And finally, you’ll finish the course with the concepts of scalability and security. These are important considerations when you want to put it on the web for everyone to use.

To top it all off, you’ll also get the chance to put what you learned into practice by building web applications of your own!

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 9 lectures. The lectures range from 1 to 2 hours. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and readings. Since some of the lectures can be long and exhausting, I suggest watching them in segments and learning at your own pace.

The lectures consist of both brief theoretical explanations and a lot of interactive programming examples. Reading materials include notes, slides, and source code.

Like David Malan, Brian Yu is a really talented instructor that gives clear explanations well supported through visuals. The course has amazing production values: we’re a far cry from the blurry powerpoints of some of the early and not-so-good online courses.

In terms of assessments, there are 6 projects in total, including the project at the end of the course.

The final is a great opportunity for you to reflect on all that you’ve learned – from HTML to integrating a database into your web app – and build a dynamic website of your own! Apart from a few constraints, you’re free to choose the look and feel of your website.

Note that you’ll need a GitHub account to submit your projects. So in this course, you’ll both learn about Git and GitHub and use them in practice!

Institution Harvard University
Provider edX
Instructor Brian Yu, David J. Malan
Level Intermediate
Workload 25 hours
Enrollments 1M
Certificate Free and Paid

Fun Facts

  • CS50 started as a single course; now it has expanded to a lineup of 10 courses.
  • Besides this course, Brian Yu also teaches CS50’s artificial intelligence course.
  • CS50 Web is one of the select few courses on edX to have reached over 1 million enrollments.
  • This course has been bookmarked close to 6K times on Class Central!

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

2. HTML, CSS, and Javascript for Web Developers (Johns Hopkins University)

Yaakov Chaikin, instructor of the course

My second pick for the best web development online course is HTML, CSS, and Javascript for Web Developers, offered by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera.

What’s unique about this course is that it’s not just about learning the fundamentals of web development; it’s about putting your knowledge into practice in the context of real-world applications. You’ll be able to understand the “why” behind all that you learn.

So even if you’re already familiar with web development, you’ll still have the opportunity to learn something new by contextualizing your knowledge.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to create a real website that will work across all devices, all by yourself.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll start from the ground up by learning how to use HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap (the most widely used CSS framework today) to create modern web pages.

You’ll then learn how to code your web page so that everything rearranges and resizes automatically according to the size of the user’s screen, be it a smartphone or a desktop. You’ll make your design “responsive” — a must nowadays, since many internet users are on phones.

Finally, you’ll finish the course exploring the most popular language of the web: JavaScript. Using Javascript, you’ll build a fully functional web application that utilizes Ajax.

What Ajax does is that it allows only parts of a webpage to be updated. For instance, when you’re navigating a website, the navigation bar remains the same; only the main content changes. Ajax reloads only the main content, thus saving bandwidth and making the webpage more snappy!

Put differently, Ajax is used to retrieve data from the server and then dynamically update the content without having to reload the whole page. Efficient!

How You’ll Learn

This course is broken down into 5 weeks. Each week involves 2 to 3 hours of work. The course is taught through a mix of short videos and a few readings.

Theory and programming examples are well balanced, with a focus on real-world applications.

Regarding assessments, each week includes lots of practice exercises. Week 1 has a final graded quiz, but the rest of the weeks have one peer-graded assignment each.

What’s cool about this course is that Yaakov Chaikin will actually take you on a field trip to a local business in Baltimore (virtually of course!), which doesn’t have a good website, and you’ll build a real website for that business from scratch!

Note that you’ll need a GitHub account to submit your projects. This is true for many Johns Hopkins computer science courses, and GitHub is a very popular tool in web development anyways, so it’s well worth creating a free account.

Institution Johns Hopkins University
Provider Coursera
Instructor Yaakov Chaikin
Level Mixed
Workload 40 hours
Enrollments 682K
Rating 4.7 / 5.0 (13K)
Certificate Paid

One Thing to Note

This is an old course, but the fundamentals are solid, and that matters most. It uses an older version of Bootstrap (Bootstrap 3), but if you understand version 3, you can easily work with version 5. The principles behind web development remain largely the same.

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

3. Introduction to HTML5 (University of Michigan)

Colleen van Lent, instructor of the course

My third pick for the best web development online course is Introduction to HTML5, offered by the University of Michigan on Coursera.

If you’re looking for a course that teaches you the absolute basics of HTML5 (and when I say “absolute basics”, I mean it), then this is the one for you!

Unlike other courses that shower you with jargon and confusing code, this course walks you through each and every detail so that you can progressively learn how to write syntactically correct code. But even if you’re someone who’s already familiar with HTML, you’ll likely still learn something new in this course.

Another sensible addition that makes this course stand out from the crowd is that it emphasizes accessibility: making your web usable for everyone. This is an important topic too often overlooked in web development courses.

Keep in mind that after you complete this course, you’ll not be leaving as a full-fledged developer but as someone who can understand and write code. This course is about learning the proper syntax of HTML5, and styling is not covered. But the course will leave you in a great spot to be able to take more advanced courses and further your knowledge.

What You’ll Learn

In the first week, you’ll understand how URLs (the addresses of web pages) work when you type them into your web browser. You’ll take a look at the tools you need for coding, such as editors, browsers, and different software tools. You’ll end the week with some HTML5 concepts and the evolution of web design languages. There’s almost no coding in Week 1.

The second week is more about code than theory. You’ll understand the Document Object Model (DOM), the tree-like model upon which all websites are built, and learn to use contextual tags and headings in HTML. You’ll also learn about links, images, lists, tables and multimedia to add video or audio to your webpage.

In the third week, you’ll learn to validate your code — that is, to check if it’s syntactically correct. You’ll also learn about accessibility, and finally, you’ll understand how to register the domain name of your website and host your website on the web. So it’s a really end-to-end course!

After learning all this, you’ll work on a final project where you’ll put all your knowledge together to create a syntactically valid multipage website, and ensure that it is valid and accessible.

How You’ll Learn

This course is broken down into 3 weeks. Each week involves about 3 hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and lots of weekly readings.

As for the videos, some of them are in lecture format, which you can watch anywhere. But some are in demo format, where you have to follow along and test out your code on your computer while watching the videos. The key to success in this course is in writing code.

Most of the readings are links to a free online textbook and some other online articles.

Weekly assessments are typically in the form of graded quizzes. There’s also a final peer-reviewed assignment at the end of the course. This assignment is pretty simple: you’ll have to create a valid webpage using your knowledge of HTML tags.

Institution University of Michigan
Provider Coursera
Instructor Colleen van Lent
Level Beginner
Workload 13 hours
Enrollments 453K
Rating 4.7 / 5.0 (25K)
Certificate Paid

One Thing to Note

You might want to have a CodePen account (it’s a coding playground) to try out writing code snippets and see how they’d look in the browser, but this is completely optional.

Fun Facts

  • After you complete this course, you’ll get a link to a “Secret Video” (you can find it under the Instructor’s Note on your course homepage). But I won’t give you any spoilers!
  • This course is the first of five courses of the Web Design for Everybody: Basics of Web Development & Coding Specialization.
  • Colleen van Lent previously worked as an Associate Professor at California State University and has also worked at NASA JPL, the Naval Research Lab, and the NSA.
  • Colleen has published three books for children, “Web Design with HTML”, “Web Design with HTML”, and “Making a Web Page” (co-authored with her son).

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

4. Responsive Web Design (freeCodeCamp)

Preview of the cat photo app you’ll build in the first lesson

My fourth pick for best web development online course is Responsive Web Design, offered exclusively by freeCodeCamp!

This course is all about the two languages of the web: HTML and CSS.

This freeCodeCamp course is different from the usual online courses. It doesn’t have lecture videos that you can watch. Instead, it’s all about pure coding and dynamic hands-on practice!

Once you click on a lesson, it will take you to a series of fun coding exercises. The exercises explain the concept and give instructions on the task to be completed. They are mostly short and simple, but a little tricky at times too.

The screen is divided into two parts: on the left are the instructions and programming console, on the right you’ll see the output of your code. So basically, it’s a dynamic interface; no need to set up a local development environment to run your code — you can do it all in the browser!

What You’ll Learn

You’ll start off by coding some HTML. And to make it cuter, you’ll be making a cat photo app! Step by step, you’ll add one HTML element after another, and your app is ready!

Next up is CSS, so no more boring webpages! Now you’ll be able to add colors, change font style and size, and design your webpage to make it look more attractive.

You’ll then build simple HTML forms and also use some new CSS tools to style your page.

Next, you’ll learn the CSS box model. “Box” is the spacing and border around every HTML element. You’ll also use Flexbox so that the elements on your webpage resize themselves to fit any screen size, and your webpage looks great on any device.

You’ll touch upon typography to style your text, and then move on to accessibility. It’s important that your webpage is not just syntactically correct but also comfortable for everyone to use — most notably, people that might have a disability.

There’s more CSS: CSS pseudo selectors that change specific HTML elements, intermediate CSS and further CSS practice, and more responsive web design exercises to make your webpage resize automatically.

You’ll also use CSS variables to organize your styles and reuse them. You’ll understand how to control the rows and columns in your webpage using CSS Grid.

Finally, you’ll see how you can actually transform HTML elements by rotating and scaling them to make them look appealing to the user. You’ll use this to make a cute little penguin! And did you know that you can animation to your CSS too? Yes, you’ll learn about that too.

How You’ll Learn

This course is broken down into 5 “courses”, but not necessarily as weeks. Each such “course” has 2 to 4 sub-courses, and each sub-course contains around 20 to over 100 coding exercises. There are no separate readings like in other online courses. Everything is presented in the exercises themselves.

The whole course involves about 300 hours of work, though depending on your background and on how feature-complete you want your projects to be, it could take you a lot less time. 

Concepts are taught through a combination of simple and intermediate coding exercises. The amount of exercises can feel overwhelming, but it’s worth taking your time to finish them. They all build on each other.

After each “course”, you’ll have to complete one Certification Project, which means 5 projects in total. Once you successfully complete them, you’ll be able to view your course completion certificate — entirely free.

Note that freeCodeCamp certificates are not downloadable, and can only be viewed on the web.

Provider freeCodeCamp
Level Beginner
Workload 300 hours
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
Certificate Free

Fun Facts

  • This course is the Beta version of the previous Responsive Web Design Certification course. The curriculum is slightly different, but the certificate is common to both. The beta version is a nice improvement — it’s even more hands-on!
  • Even though there are no video lectures in this course, you can still find hints to solve the exercises in the companion forum which even contains some explanatory videos. So no worries even if you get stuck!

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

5. Introduction to Web Development (University of California, Davis)

Daniel Randall, instructor of the course

My fifth pick for the best web development online course is Introduction to Web Development, offered by the University of California, Davis on Coursera.

This course is for complete beginners who want to learn the basic principles of web development.

After completing this course, you’ll be able to understand and write basic code in the languages of the web – HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – to create dynamic websites of your own.

No matter how little your technical knowledge currently is, this course will prepare you for further studies in web development if you want to take more advanced courses or specializations. 

Anyone can take this course and use it as a stepping stone to building larger and more complex websites!

What You’ll Learn

Week 1 is all about website structure and web hosting. You’ll learn the jargon and common abbreviations of web development, proceed to hosting your website, and learn about client and server-side development techniques.

In Week 2, you’ll explore the base language behind all websites: HTML. You’ll be able to identify HTML tags and code, and explore styles applied to HTML to change how it looks.

You’ll learn to set up templates for HTML, create links, format text, and work with images you want to put on your webpages.

Next up is JavaScript in Week 3. This is the language that makes websites dynamic! You’ll start by writing simple JavaScript programs while learning its fundamental syntax.

You’ll work through JavaScript alerts and prompts, and events (typically specific user interactions with your websites, such as clicking or typing). You’ll also learn how to gather user input, and dynamically modify HTML using JavaScript. Finally, you’ll practice testing your JavaScript programs.

Week 4 covers the styling part of web development: CSS. While HTML and JavaScript form the skeleton of a webpage, it’s CSS that makes it interactive and pretty. You’ll learn the different design principles, compare and contrast how we use CSS in the form of inline, internal and external CSS code, and practice CSS coding online.

You’ll be able to make the webpage less boring by adding colors and control page layouts. You’ll work with pixels, and create attractive tables using CSS.

In Week 5, you’ll learn to make web forms using HTML. You’ll put into practice all that you’ve learned in the previous weeks to create an HTML form. These are widely used on the internet.

You’ll code simple forms, and validate your user input using JavaScript. You’ll also discuss the usage of specific HTML elements such as buttons, and how you may interface with them using JavaScript.

Finally, in Week 6, you’ll explore the basics of designing web applications. You’ll be able to create dynamic webpages for users to interact with. You’ll learn the differences between client-side and server-side web development, define what “full stack” is, and understand the basic JavaScript loops such as the “while” and “for” loops.

After learning all this, you’ll have taken a big step toward becoming a proficient web dev!

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 6 weeks. Each week involves 3 to 4 hours of work. The course is taught through a mix of short videos and readings.

Readings are in the form of external links meant to provide additional support as you take the course.

Weekly assessments are typically in the form of graded quizzes. There’s also a final peer-reviewed project.

In this project, you’ll utilize all that you’ve learned in the course to create an HTML form on any topic of your choice. You’ll need to apply HTML, CSS, images and JavaScript validation, as well as different types of form input in your form.

Institution University of California, Davis
Provider Coursera
Instructor Daniel Randall
Level Beginner
Workload 25 hours
Enrollments 191K
Rating 4.7 / 5.0 (3K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Daniel Randall has co-authored the Java Web Services Certification Exam for Sun Microsystems.
  • He was also the technical editor for the book “Think Like a Programmer”.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

6. Introduction to Web Development with HTML, CSS, JavaScript (IBM)

Upkar Lidder, instructor of the course

My sixth pick for the best web development online course is Introduction to Web Development with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, offered by IBM on Coursera.

This course is slightly different from the previous web development courses that we saw till now. Why? Because this course focuses on building your own cloud applications!

Cloud applications are similar to regular websites, but work with cloud services such as cloud-based back-end infrastructure, cloud-based data storage and data processing, and other cloud services. This can make them easier to make, scalable, and robust, so many developers favor cloud apps nowadays.

Today, we rely on cloud-based applications more than ever for everything from online shopping to remote work. This means that this field presents a large collection of career-relevant skills.

What You’ll Learn

This course is all about programming for the cloud. You’ll learn about the languages, frameworks and tools that are used to build interactive cloud applications. You’ll also take a look at the different types of developers (front-end, back-end, and full-stack), and learn common terms and skills needed to become a cloud developer.

You’ll then understand how to build the structure of your application using HTML, and add styles to it using CSS. Then you’ll move on to the different elements of HTML5. These elements help you create the structure of your website such as headers and footers, sections, date and time, numbers and much more.

Next, you’ll learn JavaScript to increase the interactivity of your application. You’ll be able to add features like forms and slideshows to make it more dynamic.

To be able to store and keep track of your project files, you’ll learn to use Git, GitHub and GitLab. These are popular tools used by developers to collaborate and control large software projects.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 6 weeks. Each week involves 2 to 3 hours of work. The course is taught through a mix of short videos and readings. 

There are also plugins and external tools for you to get hands-on practice on what you’ve learned. These are ungraded and are meant to help you strengthen your skills.

In the final week of this course, you’ll build an app for a fictitious organization. You’ll apply all the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the course to build this app. This will be a peer-graded assignment, so make sure you’ve done everything correctly.

Note that you’ll need a GitHub account to submit this project. So in this course, you’ll not only learn about Git and GitHub but also put them to use!

Institution IBM
Provider Coursera
Instructor Upkar Lidder
Level Beginner
Workload 20 hours
Enrollments 20K
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

7. Responsive Website Basics: Code with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (University of London)

Matthew Yee-King (left) and Marco Gillies (right), co-instructors of the course

My seventh pick for the best web development online course is Responsive Website Basics: Code with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, offered by the University of London International Programmes and Goldsmiths, and the University of London on Coursera.

Let me tell you beforehand that Matthew Yee-King is one of the most fun instructors you’ll ever come across (I mean, just look how cool he looks!). And what more do you need if you have cool teachers? You’ll immediately take a liking to web development!

This course is co-authored by Matthew Yee-King, Marco Gillies, and Kate Devlin.

What You’ll Learn

In the first week, you’ll learn HTML. You’ll take a look at how to set up a web development environment, build a navbar, embed images, and create lists using HTML.

The second week covers CSS. You’ll learn how to link external CSS files to your HTML, change fonts and text layout, and use CSS to customize hyperlink formatting. You’ll install the bootstrap library and create a responsive grid layout.

Then, you’ll get your feet wet in JavaScript in the third week. You’ll write simple JavaScript code allowing user interaction — through clicks, among others. You’ll learn JavaScript functions and even write functions of your own!

The final week dives deeper into JavaScript. You’ll learn to use JavaScript variables, write if statements (if statements tell the program which path to take according to a given condition), and use boolean variables (variables that can only contain the two values: true and false) in those if statements.

You’ll also learn to write JavaScript code that’s a bit more difficult to develop more complex applications.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 4 weeks. Each week involves 2 to 3 hours of work. The course is taught through a mix of short videos and readings.

There are ample practice quizzes in each module. These are ungraded, but will help you test your understanding before attempting the graded quizzes.

Along with a graded quiz, each week has a peer-graded assignment. These assignments are simple coding exercises on the topics you’ve learned that week.

Institution University of London
Provider Coursera
Instructor Matthew Yee-King, Marco Gillies, Kate Devlin
Level Beginner
Workload 25 hours
Enrollments 175K
Rating 4.6 / 5.0 (5.8K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Fact

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

8. Full-Stack Web Development with React (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Jogesh K. Muppala, instructor of the course

My eighth pick for the best web development online course is Full-Stack Web Development with React, offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on Coursera.

This old-school course is rather elaborate, with a particular focus on React. React is a very popular front-end JavaScript library for building user interfaces (UIs). With React, you can create interactive UIs effortlessly.

In order to successfully complete this course, it is recommended that you have a working knowledge of Bootstrap 4 and JavaScript. One thing to note: this course uses React v16.3.0.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course with an introduction to front-end JavaScript frameworks and libraries. You’ll be introduced to React and its components, followed by the different types of components and single-page applications of React router.

Then you’ll move on to controlled and uncontrolled forms, and understand form validation in React applications. You’ll take a look at the Flux architecture pattern and understand how Redux helps realizing it.

You’ll dive deeper into Redux by learning about Redux action, combining reducers, and Redux thunk. The course also teaches you about client-server communication using Fetch and the REST API.

Then you’ll learn how you can apply animations to your application using React. And finally, you’ll end the course by testing, building, and deploying your React applications.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 4 weeks. Each week involves 3 to 5 hours of work. The course is taught through a mix of videos and readings.

Unlike many courses, almost half of the videos in each week are dedicated to theory. The instructor, Jogesh K. Muppala, describes each and every concept using slides, and demonstrates all the exercises step-by-step.

In addition to the videos, the readings provide clear explanations of each exercise using code snippets.

Your performance will be evaluated solely on the basis of peer-graded assignments each week. These assignments test your understanding of the concepts taught in that module.

Institution The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Provider Coursera
Instructor Jogesh K. Muppala
Level Intermediate
Workload 36 hours
Enrollments 148K
Rating 4.7/5.0 (3.1K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

9. Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS (Duke University)

Owen Astrachan, Susan H. Rodger, Robert Duvall (all three in the back) and Andrew D. Hilton, instructors of the course

My ninth pick for the best web development online course is Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML and CSS, offered by Duke University on Coursera.

If you’re someone who wants to learn programming from the ground up before starting your web development journey, then you’ve found your course!

Not only will this course teach you how to code in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the languages of the web, it will actually first explain to you the basics of programming itself. Once you’ve grasped the key concepts, you’ll be able to move on to web development programming.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by taking a look at HTML and understanding the concepts of algorithms and programming. You’ll learn to program in HTML and add images, links and lists to build your own webpage and style it using CSS.

You’ll learn the basic concepts of programming such as variables, methods, functions, loops, and conditionals. You’ll also understand and implement the green screen algorithm.

You’ll apply your newly learned knowledge of programming to JavaScript to make your webpage more interactive. You’ll use different features such as buttons in your webpage and make a green screen webpage. Finally, you’ll learn to apply image filters on the web.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 4 weeks. Each week involves 5 to 8 hours of work. The course is taught through a mix of short videos and readings.

The theory behind each concept is concisely explained using simple slides throughout the course. Each week has practice as well as graded quizzes to test your understanding.

At the end of Week 4, there is an additional Honors section. Completing this will add a special Honors badge on your certificate (if you’re paying for one). The Honors assignment is optional, and you’ll get the usual certificate if you complete the course but not the Honors section.

Institution Duke University
Provider Coursera
Instructor Owen Astrachan, Susan H. Rodger, Robert Duvall, Andrew D. Hilton
Level Beginner
Workload 35 hours
Enrollments 480K
Rating 4.6 / 5.0 (13.3K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Fact

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

10. HTML5 and CSS Fundamentals (W3C)

Marwa Hussein, co-instructor of the course

My tenth pick for the best web development online course is HTML5 and CSS Fundamentals, offered by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on edX.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that works to develop Web standards and lead the Web to its full potential.

Coming from W3C itself, this course is bound to be a dependable source for you to learn the key languages of web development: HTML, CSS and JavaScript, following the latest Web standards.

What You’ll Learn

This course will teach you how to write basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript code. You’ll start off by building your very first webpage in simple HTML5. You’ll learn the fundamentals of HTML, how to add images and hyperlinks using HTML, while following the best practices of web development such as accessibility.

You’ll then make your webpage look more appealing by adding CSS. You’ll learn the basics of CSS along with its different properties and features.

Debugging or correcting errors in your code is an important practice in any kind of programming. This course elaborates on the various debugging tools and techniques used to make your HTML and CSS code error-free.

Once you’ve learned how to debug your code, you’ll dive deeper into HTML5 and CSS. You’ll insert tables and multimedia, and also embed content in your webpage (which is optional for this course).

You’ll end the course with the basics of page layout. This includes CSS Flexbox (to fit the contents of your webpage on any screen) and CSS Grid (to control the rows and columns in your webpage). Again, there is more information on these if you want to go further, but that’s optional.

How You’ll Learn

This course is broken down into 6 modules. Each module involves 1 to 2 hours of work. The course is taught through a mix of short videos and readings.

Each module has additional explanations, code snippets and ungraded practice questions alongside the usual readings. There’s a good amount of readings in this course that will help you grasp the concepts even better.

At the end of each module, there are a few graded assignments. After you’ve completed everything, you’ll take a final test consisting of 7 graded assignments at the end of the course.

Institution W3C
Provider edX
Instructor Marwa Hussein, Andrew Byrne, Adrian Leven
Level Beginner
Workload 15–20 hours
Enrollments 381K
Certificate Paid

Fun Fact

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

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Reseña: Introducción a la Inversión Bursátil https://www.classcentral.com/report/resena-inversion-bursatil/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/resena-inversion-bursatil/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2022 13:16:37 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=79185 Descubre como funciona la bolsa y aprende a manejar herramientas de análisis técnico y fundamental.

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Introducción

En esta reseña hablaré del curso “Introducción a la Inversión Bursátil” ofrecido por la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia en Edx. Pero antes de comenzar, es necesario entender las razones por las que realicé este curso, y por las que creo que tú también deberías hacerlo.

¿Por qué todas las personas deberían aprender a invertir?

A pesar de lo que puede ser la opinión popular, el mundo financiero no está abierto únicamente a un selecto grupo de personas, o no debería estarlo. Las finanzas rigen nuestro día a día y nos ayudan a organizarnos como sociedad. ¿Es necesario ser un inversor, analista financiero, o empresario para entender de ellas? Por supuesto que no, y este curso así lo demuestra. En un mundo donde nuestros ahorros de toda la vida son constantemente devaluados, es necesario que hasta el ciudadano común entienda cómo preservar su valor, y uno de los métodos más rentables es la inversión bursátil o en bolsa. Dentro de sus ventajas se encuentran:

  • Pocas barreras de entrada: no se requieren licencias especiales, títulos universitarios, ni un gran capital inicial.
  • Versatilidad: Existen opciones tanto para aquellos perfiles arriesgados como para aquellas personas más conservadoras.
  • Rentabilidad a largo plazo: la bolsa posee una tendencia alcista en los precios, lo que significa que a largo plazo es muy probable que ganemos dinero.

¿Qué hace este curso especial?

Si bien ahora se entiende la importancia de adquirir conocimientos en cuanto a inversiones se refiere, uno podría argumentar que existen miles de formas para hacerlo. Hablando desde mi experiencia, y habiendo realizado decenas de cursos e investigación sobre el tema, cabe decir que la información disponible en el idioma español es ambigua en el mejor de los casos. Una persona autodidacta que apenas se está introduciendo en este mundo se encontrará con:

  1. a) Información tan general que sólo podrá dar una perspectiva global sobre invertir, pero ningún conocimiento aplicable.
  2. b) Cursos y educación de difícil acceso, ya sea por los requerimientos en cuanto a su dificultad, o por su costo.

En ambos puntos, el curso ofrecido por la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia es la opción ideal. Si bien se puede catalogar como amplio, debido a la cantidad de temas que abarca, cada clase está tan bien preparada que profundiza y ejemplifica cada uno. Por otro lado, demuestra todas las teorías expuestas con evidencia gráfica y numérica, lo que permite que el estudiante analice con discernimiento la información y pueda después llevarlo a la práctica.

¿Qué conocimientos voy a adquirir con este curso?

Para organizar esta sección, dividí el curso en cuatro pilares que son, a mi parecer, los más importantes.

Activos Financieros

En esta etapa tenemos un primer acercamiento al mundo financiero, que nos da una explicación concisa de qué es la bolsa, cómo funciona y un poco de su historia. Se trata el tema de cómo una persona puede generar valor en la misma, y los distintos elementos a los que nosotros podemos acceder, llamados “activos financieros”. Además, se explica y ejemplifica la diversificación, uno de los aspectos más importantes a tener en cuenta.

Herramientas de Análisis Técnico

Luego de esa primera parte, en la que vemos conceptos más teóricos, nos involucramos en herramientas que son comúnmente utilizadas para intentar “predecir” lo mejor posible las tendencias futuras de los precios. Al uso de éstas se le llama Análisis Técnico, y se emplea en las inversiones de corto plazo, o lo que se conoce como trading. Algunas de estas son las medias móviles e indicadores como el MACD.

💡 Bonus Tip: Para poner en práctica estas herramientas, yo utilicé un simulador de la bolsa (se puede buscar cualquiera en internet). De esa forma no es necesario arriesgar tu dinero hasta que hayas comprendido todo en profundidad.

Estrategias de Inversión y consejos aplicables

Uno de los aspectos más únicos de este curso es que enseña cómo realizar tu propio plan de inversión ya sea a corto plazo o a largo plazo. En el primer caso, se analiza el método de la bandera, mientras que en el segundo el del holding. En ambos se ofrecen consejos acerca de cómo maximizar la rentabilidad y el potencial de la estrategia a implementar.

Análisis Fundamental

Por último, el curso termina con una inmersión en el Análisis Fundamental de una empresa u organización en la que tenemos pensado invertir. Menciona los factores internos y externos que se deben tener en cuenta, además de los métodos “Value Investing” y “Growth Investing” con sus ventajas y desventajas.

Mi Experiencia Personal

Al comenzar este curso, no tenía expectativas muy altas de aprender realmente a invertir, pensando que iba a necesitar mucho más conocimiento que lo que podía obtener en un curso introductorio. En cambio, este curso me probó lo contrario. Personalmente, me llevó una semana completarlo, dedicándole una a dos horas de mi tiempo. Me atrevo a decir que cualquier persona que se comprometa a realizarlo, tomando notas, poniendo en práctica lo aprendido con simuladores y demás, en poco tiempo estará invirtiendo como un profesional.

Conclusión

En conclusión, este curso es perfecto para aquellos entusiastas que tengan poco o ningún conocimiento financiero, y que busquen la mejor manera de entrar en este mundo.

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Course review: Circular Business Models for Sustainable Food Systems https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-circular-business-sustainable-food/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-circular-business-sustainable-food/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2022 14:52:45 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=79176 Learn how to integrate theoretical knowledge about the circular economy concept with the food production systems.

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This is a review of the online course Circular Business Models for Sustainable Urban Food Systems, offered by EIT Food and University of Turin via FutureLearn.

I am Nhlanhla Magubane. I have over 15 years’ experience in private markets and advisory services with a full grasp of the global context of business and a deeper understanding of the environmental, economic, and societal public policy issues, macro-economy, capital markets, geo-politics, risk, strategy, and good governance practices.

I choose a career in investment management specifically because of the many opportunities it presents in accelerating systemic change across environmental, social, and economic systems in African communities. I am currently managing an agricultural impact fund that invests in a variety of superfood crops across multiple locations in Sub Saharan Africa.

I am pursuing PhD studies, currently investigating circular systems thinking approaches to stimulating economic and sustainable development by means of impact investing as a catalyst for change in South Africa. I have an undergraduate bachelor’s qualification in commerce, postgraduate qualification in business management and a masters in science specializing in technology and innovation.

I have also done a number of specialist programmes on investments, impact investments, farming to fork, sustainability, public policy economics, green energy management and many more.

Why I took this course

I was very keen to explore and develop my knowledge on the circular business models and practices in food production within the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The traditional approaches to agriculture are slow in adapting to the ever-changing needs of the environment, economy, and society. As part of an emergent transition towards a circular economy, I sought to rethink our strategic direction as an agricultural impact fund manager in light of a transition to a more sustainable and circular environment.

Prior to enrolling for the course, I was looking for a specialist program that was going to equip me with the necessary understanding of circular economy principles, concepts, and measurements in the lens of Sustainable Development Goals.

My goals

This course provided me with the insights to integrate theoretical knowledge about the circular economy concept with the food production systems. As such, guiding principles for developing the circular economic model captured principles, concepts, and measurements as applied in food systems.

Furthermore, it presented me with an opportunity to impart some of the acquired knowledge to my management and operations team who are constantly applying innovative methods to enable sustainable farming practices. I now have developed the requisite skills and practical tools to create awareness on urban food circularity to foster sustainable food systems.

The course and instructors

Considering the fundamental role that food production plays in the environment, economic, and social systems, this course assists learners to design and construct circular and sustainable food systems from farm to fork. The key focus is to empower the learner with the right strategies and techniques that channel the development of circular economic business models and practices in food production and the creation of sustainable communities. It then advances to the discovery of key challenges and opportunities concerned when designing circular food systems. Lastly, the course explores the mechanisms appropriate for the creation of sustainable urban food systems in the context of SDG’s.

The course was offered by EIT Food in collaboration with University of Turin and University of Helsinki with the support of co-funding from the European Union.

The classes were professional and ran remarkably well. The presenters were able to articulate complex concepts by using a practical delivery style and learning paths that were easy to understand.

I was thrilled to have Vivien Bodereau as a host, who did an excellent job in interacting with us during the course and communicating afterwards.

Most of the learning was focused around debate, discussion, sharing our own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. The educators applied teaching techniques that expressed complex concepts clearly. This built a very good and lasting foundation for knowledge on this subject matter.

A special mention goes to all the educators and their assistants, particularly Professor Paola De Bernardo who is at the University of Turin, Department of Management, specializing in the area of Strategic and Management Control Systems, performance measurement, integrated thinking, and circular economy corporate disclosure.

As well as Bodo Steiner, a Professor of Food Economics and Business Management at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki. His knowledge on organizational sustainability, in particular, social sustainability in food systems, value chains, and organizational innovations is captivating.

Grading and overall commitment

The questions were well structured and if you didn’t prepare well for the quizzes, you were easily exposed. The material was not onerous and therefore grasping the concepts was not so difficult. I enjoyed the challenges and the quizzes overall.

I dedicated sufficient time to read the material as it was of interest to my academic pursuits and my career.

Conclusion

The course presented a unique opportunity to equip the learners with the core knowledge and understanding of the Circular Business Models for Sustainable Food Systems. It skilfully shared practical case studies and emerging models focusing on the appropriate strategies dedicated to facilitating impact across the environmental, economic, and social food production systems.

The prerequisites to be successful in this course are: passion, commitment and determination.

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12 Best Social Media Marketing Courses to Take in 2022 https://www.classcentral.com/report/best-social-media-marketing-courses/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/best-social-media-marketing-courses/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2022 12:52:41 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=79326 The best courses to build your business's online presence and branding on the most popular social platforms.

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If you are searching for an up-to-date list of courses on marketing for Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and TikTok, you’ve come to the right place. I present to you the best courses built from Class Central’s catalog with over 800 Social Media Marketing courses, and selected according to a proven methodology that you can check below.

But if you’re in a hurry, here are my top picks. Click on one to skip to the course details:

Course Workload In Brief
1. Introduction to Social Media Marketing (Meta) 15 hours Your first steps to become a social media marketer accredited by Meta
2. Social Media Marketing Foundations (LinkedIn) 1 hour Learn/review all the basics in 1 hour for free
3. Social Media Marketing (Hubspot Academy) 4-5 hours Learn how to build an effective social media strategy for free
4. Instagram Marketing: Instagram Essentials and Content Creation (Social Media College) 8 hours Most up-to-date course on Instagram essentials
5. Social Media Marketing Guide for Beginners (YouTube) 10 hours Useful tips and tricks with valuable tools for novice marketers
6. Social Media Advertising (University of Colorado Boulder) 11 hours Learn Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with study cases
7. Instagram Strategy for Business Growth (Domestika) 1-2 hours Create a month-long calendar of Instagram posts for your business
8. Create a Social Media Marketing Campaign (University of Leeds and Institute of Coding) 6 hours Learn to plan and launch a successful social media marketing campaign
9. TikTok Marketing For Business (YouTube) 1-2 hours Learn how to use TikTok for business
10. Local SEO & Facebook Ads As Project & Fun: 10 Days Challenge (Udemy) 12 hours Learn everything you need to promote your local business using Facebook Ads
11. Personal Branding: Crafting Your Social Media Presence (Skillshare) 1-2 hours Create your personal branding with actionable worksheets and clear steps
12. YouTube Success: Build an Authentic Channel That’s Worth the Follow (Skillshare) 1 hour Create a successful YouTube channel with authenticity

What is Social Media Marketing?

Social Media Marketing is one of the most relevant branches of Digital Marketing applied for creating campaigns, ads, and content to engage your audience and persuade them to take action. Even though the terms e-marketing and digital marketing are still a trend, social media marketing is gaining popularity among researchers and practitioners.

The professional applying those frameworks and creating campaigns can be a small business owner, a marketer, a freelancer, or independent professionals looking for a way to build their online presence and find the right positioning for their business.

The steps to make a successful social media marketing campaign starts by determining your niche and target audience to select the appropriate platform you will advertise. Then, you can get familiar with that media by taking a course and learning the specifics. To achieve even better results, you will need to learn the fundamentals of marketing, copywriting, creative writing, content writing, and SEO optimization.

To conclude, social media marketing is a set of tools and techniques that can be learned, practiced, and developed with the help of courses, software, and other professionals. This is indeed a valuable asset for any business and professionals. According to Oberlo, more than half of the world population use social media with a 9.9% increase per year. Eastern Asia has more than 1 billion people using social media and North America has over 300 million people connected.

Course Ranking Methodology

I built this ranking following the now tried-and-tested methodology used in previous rankings. It involves a three-step process:

First,  I’m part of Class Central, the leading search engine for online courses. We have a database of more than 50K online courses and hundreds of thousands of crowdsourced reviews. So it seemed like the natural starting point.

I started by leveraging the database to make a preliminary selection of Social Media Marketing courses, looking at things like ratings, reviews, and course bookmarks. So this was a purely data-driven step, relying on hard metrics to create an initial ranking that we could then iterate upon and expand.

Using this approach, some of the top picks rapidly became apparent, since the best courses tend to have rave reviews. But I didn’t stop there. Ratings and reviews rarely tell the whole story. So the next step was to bring my personal knowledge of online education into the mix.

Second, I used my experience as an online learner to evaluate each of the preliminary picks.

I took part in a couple of in-person digital marketing bootcamps back in 2018 and 2019. Since then, there’s been a big shift in the market. New player, TikTok, has changed the way most of us used to do business on such platforms; Instagram is now a video sharing platform. I’ve been following the current trends and can confidently say that the courses in the list will help you deliver great results, even though they cost a fraction of a traditional workshop.

Third, during my research, I came across courses that felt well-made but weren’t well-known. If I adopted a purely data-centric approach, I would have to leave those courses out of the ranking, if only because they had fewer enrollments.

Instead, I favored a holistic approach. I’ve included more personal picks that hopefully surprise those of you who have already seen or taken the more popular social media marketing courses and are looking for something a bit different. You can also clearly see courses aimed at specific expertise as in YouTube guides and build your personal branding.

After going through this process — combining Class Central data, my experience as a lifelong learner, and a lot of editing — we arrived at our final ranking. So far, I’ve spent more than 20 hours building this ranking, and I intend to continue updating it in the future.

As I mentioned before, social media marketing can be used by anyone. I tried to keep this list as diverse as possible with content for novice marketers, 100% inexperienced beginners, small business owners, and other professionals interested in learning a new skill.

Course Ranking Statistics

Here are some aggregate stats about the ranking:

  • Together, they account for 564,449 enrollments plus thousands of YouTube views.
  • The single most popular course in the ranking has nearly 200k enrollments.
  • 7 courses are free or free-to-audit, five courses are paid.

Without further ado, let’s go through the top picks.

1. Introduction to Social Media Marketing (Meta)

This course lays the foundation of social media marketing strategy. Aimed for beginners or small-businesses starting their digital marketing strategy into the most popular channels. It focuses primarily on Facebook and Instagram since this course was developed in conjunction with Meta, formerly known as Facebook. However, you will learn the basics of Youtube, WhatsApp, WeChat, LinkedIn, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, and Pinterest.

As the instructor, Anke Audenaert, puts it: “whether you’re looking to start a career in social media marketing, whether you work for a Fortune 500 company, a tiny little mom and pop shop, or are simply interested in marketing your own brand and story on social media then this is the course for you. You don’t need any experience to get started, we’ll start from the very beginning.”

If you want a more in-depth experience, you may also consider taking the next courses in this specialization. In total, there are 5 courses and a capstone project. This is the first course in the Facebook Social Media Marketing professional certificate. You can watch (audit) all courses for free. However, you won’t have access to the graded assignments and certificates. Upon successful completion of the full program, you will earn both the Coursera and the Facebook Digital Marketing Associate Certification, proving your skills in social media marketing and in the use of Facebook Ads Manager.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the landscape of traditional, digital, and social media marketing
  • Create SMART goals, identify KPIs, and define your target audience and their customer journey
  • Understand the major social media platforms, how they function, and what role they play in marketing
  • Choose the right social media platforms and learn how to create social media policies

How You’ll Learn

In this 5-week long course, you will have free access to all lectures, readings, and practice activities. Click here to learn more about how to sign up for Coursera courses for free.

For paying learners, you will also have graded quizzes and peer-graded assignments, which means you have to submit your own hands-on project. For example, in week 3, the peer-graded assignment is to develop a SMART Goal and appropriate KPIs for a business. Then you have to follow the criteria and you need to grade three other submissions from your peers. In order to receive a certificate, you need to pass the quizzes and be approved by your peers.

Institution Meta
Provider Coursera
Instructor(s) Anke Audenaert
Level Beginner
Workload 15 hours
Enrollments 185,524
Rating 4.9 (6,629 ratings)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • The course has 323 bookmarks on Class Central.
  • Anke Audenaert is the CEO and Co-Founder of Aptly, an online education production company. Anke founded and led the School of Business at Udacity, where she developed their business focused programs and grew the school to over 17K paying students. Anke is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Previously Anke led the Market Research Team at Yahoo! and founded Jump-Time (now OpenX).
  • This course is also available in Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

2. Social Media Marketing Foundations (LinkedIn)

This is the most straightforward course you will ever find. Let’s say you have a meeting tomorrow morning and you have an hour to understand the basics of social media marketing. You just need to click on this course, login to your LinkedIn account, and you’re ready to learn the basics in the most clear and concise way for free. It’s also a great course to help clarify what you’ve already studied if you are still a beginner but need more confidence for your next steps.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you can learn the basics of social media marketing. Instructor Brian Honigman explains why making an investment in social media can benefit your business. He shows how to define your audience and craft a social media strategy focused on your organization’s goals. He also teaches you how to communicate effectively on leading social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat; drive results with paid ads; and measure your success.

Some topics covered are: Developing a social media strategy, Defining your audience, Choosing the right channels, Publishing best practices, Building and maintaining a community, Selling on social media, Measuring activity, and Innovating with social media marketing.

How You’ll Learn

This course is divided into 7 modules, each ending with a quiz. You can take the quizzes as many times as you need to complete the course. LinkedIn Learning also provides a built-in Q&A tab to discuss the content with your peers.

Upon completion, you can get your certificate and upload it to your profile.

Provider LinkedIn Learning
Instructor(s) Brian Honigman
Level Beginner
Workload 1 hour
Enrollments 199,398
Rating 4.7 (5,610 ratings)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • Marketing consultant Brian Honigman helps NGOs, media brands, and tech companies succeed with marketing. Brian is an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Professional Studies and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Next Web.
  • Brian Honigman has an intermediate course called “Social Media Marketing Trends” available on LinkedIn Learning as well.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

3. Social Media Marketing (Hubspot Academy)

HubSpot is a software company that develops tools and integrations for marketing, sales, content management, and customer service. Hubspot Academy is their official learning resource which provides a variety of free courses with certificates on marketing and sales.

“HubSpot Academy’s mission is to transform the way people and companies grow by offering free online trainings for the digital age. From quick, practical courses to comprehensive certifications, you’ll learn everything you need to know about cutting edge business topics.“ 

Their courses are well produced and up-to-date as they go hand in hand with their software, they are frequently updated.

In this course, they will help you shape some basic foundations of your marketing strategy and brand positioning. Building an effective social media strategy will expand all of your other inbound marketing efforts. Learn everything from creating an effective social media strategy, to listening and monitoring, developing close relationships through engagement, setting up social listening and moderation, extending your reach, creating social content, social advertising, measuring ROI, and more.

What You’ll Learn

Learn how to build an effective social media strategy, extend your reach, excel in digital advertising, measure ROI, and more.

  • Develop an engaging and effective social media strategy for your business.
  • Build an inbound social media strategy that delights your customers and grows your bottom line.
  • Leverage the power of social media to transform your business and your career

How You’ll Learn

This course is divided into 8 modules and 39 videos. It includes study guides, practical exercises and 29 mini-quizzes to test your knowledge. After completing all lessons, you can then take the final exam to test what you’ve learned. If you pass, you will receive a certification which can be added to your LinkedIn profile.

Institution Hubspot Academy
Provider Hubspot Academy
Instructor(s) Crystal King, Dayne Topkin, Corey Braccialini
Level Beginner
Workload 4-5 hours
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

4. Instagram Marketing: Instagram Essentials and Content Creation (Social Media College)

This course was recently launched and it is one the most recent courses in this list. This is an introductory course in Instagram marketing which makes good use of visuals and introduces us to networking with other Instagram users. It is a great start for beginners with the platform on how to understand its features and develop your marketing strategy. By the end of the course, you will have a general knowledge of the platform.

This course can be accessed for free including quizzes and forums for 2 weeks. However, if you want to have the certificate, you will have to pay a subscription fee.

What You’ll Learn

Some topics covered in this course: Benefits of Instagram, Understanding the Algorithms, Algorithm Template, Situational Action Plan, Create Great Content, Insta-grids, Instagram Videos, Tools of Trade, Building your Connections, Sparking an Emotional Reaction, and much more.

How You’ll Learn

This course is divided into two weeks. In week one, there are 3 modules consisting of videos, discussions, articles, and activities. In week two, there is one module and one final quiz. The course is well developed and challenging enough to keep you engaged throughout the process. Participation in the discussion is optional, but it’s recommended that you take part in that to enhance your learning experience.

Institution Social Media College
Provider FutureLearn
Instructor(s) Jonathan Tanner
Level Beginner
Workload 8 hours
Enrollments 2,623
Rating 4.8 (11 reviews)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

5. Social Media Marketing Guide for Beginners (YouTube)

This is an intermediate course with actionable and useful tips and tricks with valuable tools for novice marketers and small business owners. Neil Patel is a young entrepreneur with international recognition. He is a great communicator who is pleasant to listen to while giving precious tips for your business. Some of them might be common sense for some  more experienced social media users, but overall it’s worth watching his videos. In this list, you have free access to over 100 videos, each with thousands of views and likes which reflects that this instructor is indeed delivering great content for free.

If you are just starting to learn about social media or you have little experience with social media marketing, this is a great starting point.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you will learn some techniques on social media marketing tips and tricks for different platforms. Some of the topics covered are:

  • 3 Ways to Promote Your Website
  • 7 Untapped Traffic Sources For Marketing Your Website
  • Facebook Ads vs Google Ads: Which Paid Advertising Should You Use
  • How to Increase Your Facebook Ad CTR and Pay WAY Less Per Click
  • 3 LinkedIn Marketing Tips That Will Generate New Customers and Boost Engagement
  • 3 Ways to Use Facebook Live To Generate Sales
  • Reddit Marketing 101: 5 Steps Ways to Drive a Ton of Free Traffic from Reddit
  • Creating the Perfect LinkedIn Profile
  • How to Get 7 Times More Twitter Traffic | Twitter Marketing Tips.
  • And much more.

How You’ll Learn

In this list, you have 107 bite-sized videos, 5 minutes long on average. You can watch it in your own time and refer back to any video when you are putting any concept in practice. Most of the videos are tips and tricks with actionable tools to use right away. I recommend you watch a few of them every day and pick the topics that are more relevant to you and on the platform you’re focusing on.

If you need to find a specific platform, open the “find in page” in your browser and type what you’re looking for. Most topics are grouped together in this course, so it’s a breeze after you find your desired spot.

Provider YouTube
Instructor(s) Neil Patel
Level Beginner
Workload 10 hours
Enrollments +100k views per video on average
Rating +2.5k likes per video on average
Certificate Not Available

Fun Facts

  • Neil Patel has other playlists on his channel focused on different platforms, digital marketing, content marketing, SEO optimization, etc.
  • Neil Patel is a New York Times best selling author. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

6. Social Media Advertising (University of Colorado Boulder)

This course focuses on 3 platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It revolves around study cases and ends with a hands-on project to put in practice the provided frameworks and best practices. It’s a great course for beginners wanting to get started with real life practice in a simple and structured way.

“The Professor Chris J Vargo is clearly very passionate about the subject and teaches with enthusiasm! The topics are relevant and very practical for digital advertising. Case studies are also very useful and the quizzes are easy enough. Loved doing the peer-graded assignment!” – Shravya K (learner)

What You’ll Learn

  • Identify social media advertising types that are likely to succeed
  • Implement effective social media targeting parameters to match desired audiences
  • Understand the different types of social media ads
  • Execute social media advertising campaigns

How You’ll Learn

This course is divided into 5 weeks, in each week there are videos, reading, reflection (participation is optional), and it ends with a quiz (only for paying students). Click here to learn more about how to sign up for Coursera courses for free.

For paying learners, you will have all graded assignments such as quizzes and peer-graded assignments, which means you have to submit your own hands-on project.

The last assignment, which is peer-graded, is to submit a PDF report of 5 assignments, one for each module, using the best practices taught in the lectures and readings. The modules are:

  • Module #1 – Conceptual Strategy Practice
  • Module #2 – Targeting Parameters
  • Module #3 – Instagram Case Study
  • Module #4 – Twitter Case Study
  • Module #5 – Lookalike Audiences
Institution University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Coursera
Instructor(s) Chris J. Vargo
Level Beginner
Workload 11 hours
Enrollments 28,340
Rating 4.6 (274 ratings)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • The course has 1.3K bookmarks on Class Central.
  • This course is part of the Digital Advertising Strategy specialization which comprises 4 courses in total.
  • Dr. Chris J. Vargo is an assistant professor specializing in data analytics and digital advertising. Chris employs the use of computer science methods to investigate social media data using theories from communication, psychology and political science.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

7. Instagram Strategy for Business Growth (Domestika)

From the best seller instructor Dot Lung, you will learn a proven method to generate brand awareness and build a relationship with your audience. This course is aimed for freelancers, coaches, consultants, and small business owners. If you have fewer than 10k followers, this course is for you. It can also be applied to personal branding.

“Really good course!! Simple explanations, clear powerpoint and clear resume, the course is not too long but with importants details and all the basics, and all in english!! I think that’s the best course about Instagram strategy” – Arya (learner)

What You’ll Learn

In this course you will learn to use the Dragon Framework which consists of a method developed by the instructor to create engagement. Some points discussed in this course are: Dialogue, Relatability, Authenticity, Giving value, Niche clarity, Scale, Content Strategies to Give Real Value, Creating Post (carousel and image post), Measuring Results, and more.

How You’ll Learn

This is a self paced course with 21 lessons and 17 additional resources. By the end of this course you will deliver a project on “creating a month-long calendar full of engaging social media posts for your business”. Upon completion of the course, you can download your certificate.

You can check on other students’ projects on the course main page. Once you finish your projects, you can receive comments and feedback from other students as well.

Provider Domestika
Instructor(s) Dot Lung
Level Beginner
Workload 1-2 hours
Enrollments 111,843
Rating 96% positive (3.6k reviews)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • Dot has worked on Instagram launches and strategies for clients like Facebook, Wix, Motionographer, Digital Design Days, FITC, OFFF, Ladies Wine and Design Barcelona, Sonar+D, OCB and Nipple Magazine.
  • She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and now resides along the Mediterranean coast in between sunny Tel Aviv and Barcelona. Her dream was to travel the world and make a living while doing so, and using social media was what made her dreams come true.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

8. Create a Social Media Marketing Campaign (University of Leeds and Institute of Coding)

Learn to plan and launch a successful social media marketing campaign with the Institute of Coding and the University of Leeds with a leading expert as your instructor, Meg Pickard. This is a great introduction to creating your first social media marketing campaign, with very high level information and what main aspects to take into consideration for your metrics and components. So, if you are not familiar with marketing or social media, this is the course for you.

What You’ll Learn

  • Describe a social media strategy and its components
  • Identify a target audience and how to reach them
  • Describe the difference between paid and organic reach
  • Evaluate appropriate metrics for a successful campaign
  • Explain the role of timelines in a social media marketing campaign
  • Produce a strategy and sample content for a social media marketing campaign

How You’ll Learn

Self-paced course. On every step you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Institution University of Leeds and Institute of Coding
Provider FutureLearn
Instructor(s) Meg Pickard
Level Beginner
Workload 6 hours
Enrollments 75,070
Rating 4.8 (462 ratings)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • The course has 439 bookmarks on Class Central.
  • Meg Pickard is a digital content/community/transformation consultant, facilitator and trainer with 23+ years of industry experience. Also passionate about neurodiversity and ethical business. Drinks a lot of tea.
  • This course is the last one of the ExpertTrack: Digital Marketing: Coding, UX, and Creating Digital Content.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

9. TikTok Marketing For Business (YouTube)

In this course comprising 22 videos, you will learn from a TikTok expert how to use this channel for your business. This YouTube channel is still small but it creates high-quality content for TikTok creators and small businesses. I believe it is a matter of time until it gets the attention it deserves.

The content is perfect for small businesses, content creators starting their journey on the platform, and marketers.

“I want to empower you to grow your business online using TikTok! I know, it’s crazy, but TikTok has tripled my business over the last 2 years and I want to show you exactly how we did it and how we’re using TikTok for business with all of our clients!” – Austin Armstrong, CEO of Socialty Pro. 

What You’ll Learn

Learn how you can use TikTok for different types of businesses with actionable tips and tricks. Some of the topics covered are: How To Get Your TikTok On Google! TikTok SEO Guide, How To Duet On TikTok, How You Can Go Live On TikTok, TikTok Strategies To Become An Industry Leader In Your Field, My Secret TikTok Sales Hack, 7 Ways To Monetize your TikTok, and more.

How You’ll Learn

This series of bite-sized videos will get you through the latest trends and tricks you can use on your account.

Provider YouTube
Instructor(s) Austin Armstrong
Level Beginner
Workload 1-2 hours
Enrollments 1k views per video
Rating Not Available
Certificate Not Available

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

10. Local SEO & Facebook Ads As Project & Fun: 10 Days Challenge (Udemy)

Learn everything you need to promote your local business using Facebook Ads. The instructor of this course is very enthusiastic and will provide detailed information with clarity for beginners who have no idea about SEO and Facebook.

What You’ll Learn

  • Local SEO & Facebook Ads Made as Project & Fun! Animated Videos, Screen Recordings, 116 Quiz Questions & 24 Assignments!
  • Follow My Success Blueprints – Proven Examples and Case Studies You Can Follow to Boost Your Facebook Ads & Facebook Marketing Performance!
  • Get My Complete Guide to Mastering Google My Business Using Google Maps. Setup Tripadvisor for Owners. Fast!
  • Discover How to Use Powerful Local Search Engine Optimisation Strategies for Greatly Improved SEO Performance. Fun!
  • New Facebook Layout – Explained – Learn the Facebook Business Manager, Business Page, Creator Studio, – and the 2021 Facebook Pixel and Setup for Ios 14.
  • Hot New Facebook Lead Generation Ads Techniques – Start Getting a Constant Stream of Leads & Sign Ups Right Away.
  • Get Pro 23 Copywriting Templates you Can Customize – and Quickly Create High Converting Email Marketing, Blogs, Sales Letters, Facebook Ads, and More…
  • Get Social & Content Influencers to Promote your Business for Free – with Persuasive Influencer and Blogger Outreach Templates!!!

How You’ll Learn

This course is project oriented. It contains: quizzes, assignments, animated videos, walk-through process and explanations, and an engaged community of learners.

Provider Udemy
Instructor(s) Ing. Tomas Moravek
Level Beginner
Workload 12 hours
Enrollments 38,641 students
Rating 4.7 (77 ratings)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • Since 2018 Ing. Tomas Moravek has helped 600,000+ Udemy students to learn Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger Ads, as well as modern digital marketing skills.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

11. Personal Branding: Crafting Your Social Media Presence (Skillshare)

I decided to pick an unusual course as we get closer to the end of the ranking. This course is for creating a personal brand. It’s a short course aimed for influencers, content creators, and small business owners who want to connect in a more personal way with their audience. In the end, that’s what most users are looking for on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, to connect with real people. So, in that way, you can become the spokesperson of your brand.

“This class was way better than I anticipated. Usually when people speak about personal branding it tends to lean more into introspection and not as much into how you can engage the community around you. And I really valued the thoughts around meaningful content. This was a very well balanced class! “ – Carson Irvine (learner)

What You’ll Learn

In this 65-minute class, Kate Arends explores the evolution of her blog to explain why an authentic personal brand is important — and how to optimize yours for what you want, who you are, and what success means to you. Each short lesson is filled with data and experience as well as specific strategies and examples. A special focus on social media keeps everything tactical.

Some topics covered are: Defining your content, Creating engaging content, Defining your channels, Channel worksheet, and more.

How You’ll Learn

The class includes exclusive downloadable worksheets to help you put every lesson into action. These useful PDFs will help you identify what sets you apart, how to be strategic about what you share, and how to set goals for your work. They’re designed to use and reuse, giving you tools to rely on again and again.

By the end of this course, you can submit your own project to receive feedback from your peers.

Provider Skillshare
Instructor(s) Kate Arends
Level Beginner
Workload 1-2 hours
Enrollments 39,331
Rating 100% recommend (1,162 ratings)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • The instructor, Kate Arends, is the founder of the lifestyle website Wit & Delight, that has evolved into a brand celebrating a combination of veracious expression and simple elegance with an approachable, yet edited point of view. Above all, Wit & Delight is dedicated to the development of its readers, promoting self discovery, mental health advocacy, and wellness topics as the foundation of a life well lived.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

12. YouTube Success: Build an Authentic Channel That’s Worth the Follow (Skillshare)

In this course, you will learn how to create a successful YouTube channel with authenticity. Creating content online is a great way to become relevant to your audience. YouTube has one of the highest engagement rates when it comes to time spent per visit. Being on camera is not an easy task though. In this class, you will learn how to be empowered and be your true self on camera, share authentic content with your followers/customers, and build a fan base.

“Sorelle kept it light, fun, engaging, and quirky (which made this video exceed my expectations!). Not only is she a great presenter and speaker, but she’s funny and keeps it real the whole time. Loved the class, thanks Sorelle!!!” – Matt April (learner) 

What You’ll Learn

  • Figure out what you bring to the table online
  • Find your topic niche—and evolve it over time
  • Prioritize authenticity over beauty to gain truly connected followers
  • Create a posting schedule to get the most eyes on your work

How You’ll Learn

This 55-minute course is divided into 9 lessons. By the end of the course, you can submit your own project to receive feedback from your peers.

Provider Skillshare
Instructor(s) Sorelle Amore
Level Beginner
Workload 1 hour
Enrollments 51,835
Rating 99% recommend (1,942 ratings)
Certificate Available

Fun Facts

  • Sorelle Amore is a well-known photographer, filmmaker, influencer, and savvy businesswoman who inspires her millions of followers around the globe on how to maximize the human experience and live a life of wonder.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

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On March 28, 2022, China’s Ministry of Education announced the “Smart Education of China” initiative, a network of three new online education platforms: one for higher education, one for K–12 education, and one for vocational education.

The initiative aims to leverage technology to narrow educational gaps across China. It “represents a notable milestone in the nation’s education digitalization strategy,” stated China’s Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng.

Higher Education Platform: Chinaooc

The various providers aggregated by Chinaooc

Chinaooc is an integrated platform for higher education in China. It catalogs over 20,000 online courses made by universities and offered through various Chinese MOOC platforms. So it’s a course aggregator for China, much like Class Central is a course aggregator for online education at large.

You can directly find a course through the search bar or filter courses by platform, university, subject, or topic. The “Learn Now” button will take you to the course page on the original provider’s website, where you’ll be able to take the course.

K–12 Platform: Basic Smartedu

Basic Smartedu breaks down its catalog into subjects from history to ecology

The platform Basic Smartedu includes a wide range of educational resources for K–12 students. But these are not not limited to the academic subjects usually taught in primary and secondary schools. For example, students can also learn about mental health, Chinese traditional culture, and law on the platform. It also offers learning materials that go beyond the classroom context, like physical exercise, readings, and movies.

Vocational Education Platform: Vocational Smartedu

Vocational Smartedu’s homepage

The platform Vocational Smartedu aggregates online learning resources for vocational training and career development. Courses are categorized into primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors of the economy, covering topics like mining, manufacturing, and entertainment, for instance.

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