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A relatively new section of Insider Reviews, the Education and Personal Development vertical began covering online courses in spring 2020 and has since branched out to review online programs, books, apps, and even products that make online or in-person learning easier.

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What products and services we cover:

Online courses and e-learning platforms: We review and round up free online courses (often led by top universities and organizations) from popular MOOC platforms like edX, Coursera, and FutureLearn. We also review paid courses within popular online course subscriptions such as MasterClass, LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, and Skillshare.

The courses we cover range in topics from psychology and medicine to building career skills like coding or writing. We also cover classes that are just purely fun to take, including ones taught by celebrities.

Online certificate programs and degrees: We also cover longer online programs, from popular exam prep websites to programs like edX MicroMasters, Coursera MasterTracks, and Harvard Extension School certificates that can act as more affordable and flexible alternatives to traditional college.

Additionally, we write about free study materials, program discounts, and scholarship opportunities to help ease the financial burden of continuing education.

Books: We cover book roundups around specific genres and authors, such as the best thrillers or the best Stephen King books. We also personally recommend some of our staff favorites and review books that are especially popular or offer meaningful advice. When relevant, we consult experts, such as professional bakers, journalism professors, or climate scientists, to recommend the best books to read.

Apps and other products that foster learning or growth: We like to think outside the box when it comes to education, which is why our coverage includes library apps, resources to learn about a specific topic, and even products that make it easier to balance work and school.

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How we test or decide which education and personal development products to cover:

If we're reviewing products ourselves, we'll allow ample time to complete an online course, test an app, or finish a book. When reviewing, we'll focus on factors like cost, flexibility, time commitment, comprehensiveness, and overall retention (do the lessons learned in the book or course feel easy to integrate into your daily life?). For career-focused products (such as courses to help you get a promotion), we'll also consider factors such as in-demand skills and top-rated careers.

When covering something we haven't personally used (such as a scholarship, degree program, or longer roundup of books), we'll consult user reviews and ratings, course or book popularity, and, when applicable, the legitimacy and good-standing of the company offering the product itself.

Meet our expert team:

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Julia Pugachevsky, education and personal development editor
Julia is the education and personal development editor on the Insider Reviews team. Since October 2020, she's written about a popular Harvard persuasive writing course, a free UPenn course that explains the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, and a bestselling self-help book seen all over Twitter. She's also organized and edited a series on how to get unstuck during the pandemic as well as what to do when you get rejected from grad, medical, or law school.
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Mara Leighton is the senior education and personal development reporter for Insider Reviews. In the spring of 2020, Mara spearheaded Insider Reviews' new education beat. She's reported on Yale's most popular course on happiness as well as essential workforce recovery programs, free instructional courses for non-ICU workers on operating mechanical ventilators, and a Johns Hopkins' contact tracing course designed to fill thousands of remote jobs. She's interviewed Google executives, presidential policy committee members, psychologists, Ivy League professors, and NBC's Chuck Todd in her education coverage.
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Emily is a Senior Story Producer for Insider Reviews. As a passionate writer, Emily has contributed to all of Insider Reviews' verticals - primarily covering mental health, education and personal development, and gifts. In pursuit of further expertise in these subjects, and with a deep personal interest in mental health advocacy, Emily will begin pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at New York University in Fall 2021.

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10 free online courses you can take from Imperial College London, one of the top schools in the world

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Ranked by US News as the 20th top university in the world in 2021, Imperial College London is known for its excellence in the medical, engineering, and business fields.

But you don't have to move abroad or pay tuition to access some of Imperial's classes. Like many top universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and Stanford, Imperial College London offers free online courses (and paid certificate programs) through e-learning platforms edX and Coursera.

Imperial's online offerings range in topics from machine learning and finance essentials to public health and climate change, some of which are also part of optional, paid certificate programs.

10 free classes from Imperial College London

Mathematics for Machine Learning: Linear Algebra
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Length: 5 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; Also free with 7-day trial and then $49 per month after the trial ends to keep learning and earn a verified certificate. 

The first part of the Mathematics for Machine Learning Specialization, this course teaches students linear algebra in relation to matrices and vectors before moving on to problem-solving with eigenvectors and eigenvalues and then, lastly, to datasets and the Pagerank algorithm. 

To take this course for free, hit "Enroll for free" and then "Audit this course" at the bottom.

Mathematics for Machine Learning: Linear Algebra (button) Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success
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Length: 7 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $49 for a verified certificate   

For anyone who sometimes struggles to come up with ideas on the spot or in fast-paced work environments, this course provides students with a "toolbox" of tips and tricks for tapping into your natural creativity.

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Length: 6 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $79 for a verified certificate   

Part of the four-course PreMBA Essentials for Professionals certificate program ($284.40), this course teaches students the definitions of basic finance terms, such as Internal Rate of Return (IRR), capital budgeting, equity, bonds, diversification, portfolio choice and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

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Length: 6 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $79 for a verified certificate   

The first part of the four-course PreMBA Essentials for Professionals certificate program ($284.40), this class covers foundational accounting knowledge, such as using the income statement, the balance sheet and the cash flow statement.

Accounting Essentials (button) Maths Essentials
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Length: 6 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $79 for a verified certificate   

Part of the four-course PreMBA Essentials for Professionals certificate program ($284.40), this course covers the fundamental mathematical skills one would need to pursue an MBA, from algebra to differentiation.

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Length: 6 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $79 for a verified certificate   

The final part of the four-course PreMBA Essentials for Professionals certificate program ($284.40), this class covers the basic quantitative data analysis skills you would need to pursue an MBA, including collecting, presenting, describing and making inferences from sets of data.

Data Analysis Essentials (button) Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis in Public Health
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Length: 4 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; Also free with 7-day trial and then $49 per month after the trial ends to keep learning and earn a verified certificate.  

Part of the Statistical Analysis with R for Public Health Specialization ($49 per month), this course starts with the basics of statistics before moving into using the free programming software R for more advanced statistical analysis and hypothesis testing in the context of public health.

To take this course for free, hit "Enroll for free" and then "Audit this course" at the bottom.

Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis in Public Health (button) Foundations of Public Health Practice: The Public Health Approach
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Length: 4 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; Also free with 7-day trial and then $49 per month after the trial ends to keep learning and earn a verified certificate.

The first part of the Foundations of Public Health Practice Specialization ($49 per month), this class is intended for those who are new to public health and explains the broad ethics and principles of the practice.

To take this course for free, hit "Enroll for free" and then "Audit this course" at the bottom.

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Length: 4 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $49 for a verified certificate   

Meant for educators, this interactive course provides tips on how to use coaching principles to maintain more effective relationships with learners and gain useful feedback from conversations.

Coaching Skills for Learner-Centred Conversations (button) A Guide to Healthcare Innovation: Principles and Practice
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Length: 4 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; Also free with 7-day trial and then $49 per month after the trial ends to keep learning and earn a verified certificate.

The first part of the Global Health Innovations Specialization ($49 per month), this course covers the difference between invention and innovation, as well as the main types of innovation and key steps of product development and commercialization.

To take this course for free, hit "Enroll for free" and then "Audit this course" at the bottom.

A Guide to Healthcare Innovation: Principles and Practice (button) Why Move Towards Cleaner Power
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Length: 5 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $49 for a verified certificate   

Part of a Clean Power Professional Certificate ($132.30), this course covers the importance of cleaning up our power supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through decarbonization.

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MOOCs are ‘massive open online courses,’ made popular by platforms like edX and Coursera. Here’s how they work – and why they’re one of the best ways to learn online

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  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are popular forms of online education.
  • E-learning platforms like edX, Coursera, and FutureLearn offer thousands of MOOCs.
  • Below, learn what MOOCs are, how much they cost, and why they can be great resources.

If you're interested in online learning, you've probably heard the term MOOC - Massive Open Online Course - before. But you might have questions about what they are, what exactly "open" means, how much they cost, or how they generally differ from other forms of e-learning, like apps or online degrees. Here's everything you need to know:

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What are MOOCs?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. In order for an online course to be considered a MOOC, it needs to be:

Massive, or able to be taken by large numbers of people at once (whether it's 100 or 100,000 students)

Open, or generally accessible to the public - meaning it's either free, relatively affordable, or has open enrollment

Online, or taken digitally (with optional opportunities to connect with students in forums)

Course, or providing clear learning opportunities, such as learning from an instructor or earning a certificate of completion

A MOOC can be a self-paced edX course you browse completely for free, or a LinkedIn class you can take with a paid subscription.

How do MOOC courses work?

MOOCs vary in how they work. Some, like on popular platforms edX and Coursera, can simply let you enroll for free to access course materials such as video lectures, readings, and quizzes.

Others, like Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning, or Udemy, typically require a paid subscription or one-time fee to be able to access unlimited courses.

And then there are MOOCs such as Open Yale Courses and MIT Open Courseware that provide free course materials but aren't necessarily structured with assignments and are a little more fluid than edX or Coursera MOOCs.

What are the benefits of MOOCs?

MOOCs offer access to thousands of courses and educational opportunities for free or at a relatively low cost. Top schools like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and more offer online courses in subjects from computer science to psychology, and companies like Google, Amazon, and IBM offer professional certificate programs that cost a lot less than traditional master's degrees.

MOOCs can also be a great way to test out if you like a subject or course before committing to a paid subscription or degree. Codecademy, for example, offers free beginner programming classes with optional paid projects, and Coursera can let you audit courses for free before pursuing a MasterTrack program.

How much do MOOCs cost?

MOOCs vary in cost, and affordability is relative. Platforms like edX, Coursera, and FutureLearn offer many of their MOOCs for free, with optional paid certificates or subscriptions for unlimited access.

Others, like Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning, and MasterClass, typically charge monthly or annual fees for access to all their courses.

And platforms like Udemy or CreativeLive let you buy individual MOOCs for a one-time fee.

What are some popular MOOC platforms?

Skillshare:
Offers unlimited MOOCs under its subscription plan, in topics from career development to writing and drawing. You can read more about Skillshare here.

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I tried this free online Harvard course on how to be persuasive, and every writer should take it

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Settling into pandemic lockdown over a year ago, I looked up online classes to help pass the time. Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking, a Harvard-led online edX course, seemed like a free, entertaining way to sharpen my writing skills.

What I didn't expect was for it to fundamentally change how I structure arguments, communicate with people I fervently disagree with, and even consume the news.

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Using a combination of pre-taped live Harvard lecture videos, quizzes, hands-on annotation exercises, and short US history lessons, this course walks you through the art of rhetoric, contextualizing why well-crafted arguments can drive huge political change. On a smaller scale, these skills can help you calmly defend your point at the dinner table or advocate for a cause you believe in.

The course is completely free to audit for about a month - otherwise, it costs $169 to add a verified certificate of completion to your LinkedIn profile and get unlimited access to the class.

5 things I loved about the course:

It clearly breaks down different tools you can use to build a persuasive argument.

The course begins by providing thorough definitions and examples of rhetorical devices used in famous speeches and works of literature. You learn the main differences between logical, ethical, and emotional arguments before diving into tools that can make your arguments flow better, pick up momentum, or add emphasis on key points.

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You also get quizzed on what you just learned, which helps you practice actually identifying these devices at work (on top of just getting quick, digestible examples of effective rhetoric).

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It's a great way to boost your appreciation for writing as an art form - and realize the lasting power of a well-stated point.

It helps you write a short opinion piece along the way.

The one big assignment of the course is identifying a topic you feel strongly about and channeling it into an op-ed. (This assignment is completely optional if you're taking the free version and worth 45% of your grade if you're doing the paid-certificate route.)

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For one, it's a great exercise in sitting down and pinpointing an issue you care about - perhaps one you didn't even realize mattered to you that much. Mine was advocating for job applications to stop requiring cover letters, which take a long time, are often left unread, and can demoralize already burned out job seekers, all the while not necessarily being the most effective way to evaluate a great candidate.

As you continue learning, you can update your piece with new information and rhetorical devices to make it stronger.

It gives you hands-on practice in dissecting some of the most impactful political speeches in history.

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A Harvard instructor's comments on MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

One of the coolest parts of the course is getting to annotate famous orations, from former presidents like JFK and Ronald Reagan to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. You can highlight parts of the speech to write which rhetorical device you think is being used and what it accomplishes in doing. You can also see notes from your peers as well as the instructor.

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Additionally, you can watch recorded classroom lectures led by James Engell, a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard. The videos further break down the impact of various parts of the speeches as well as their broader historical contexts.

It directly reveals the dangers of emotionally charged, slippery slope arguments.

A theme the course keeps stressing is that "rhetoric has inspired people to do great things, and terrible things" - that logical fallacies, ad hominem attacks, straw man arguments, and leading questions can be used to manipulate audiences in malicious ways.

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One direct example is Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist screed, which preyed on fear and baseless accusations. The danger being that, if one was already prone to agreeing with McCarthy and couldn't identify the holes in his argument, they could easily be swayed to side with him - which is what happened during the Red Scare.

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But, you learn that just as rhetoric can be used to do "terrible things," it can also help reverse those dangerous effects. The course tells the story of Margaret Chase Smith, a Republican senator who made an impassioned stance in favor of free speech and freedom to one's own political views. The move predictably earned her the nickname "Moscow Maggie" from McCarthy - but ultimately helped undo some of the damage of McCarthyism.

It normalizes good-faith disagreement.

According to the course's introduction, it "offers a space in which to engage in civil discourse" and "encourage[s] you to be passionate about your opinions, while at the same time respecting those whose beliefs may differ from yours."

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As someone who can't resist the pernicious siren call of my Twitter feed every morning, I feel constantly disheartened by the way I see users defend issues - whether I personally agree with them or not. I've seen name-calling and sweeping generalizations rapidly snowball into targeted harassment across the political spectrum - and remember times years ago when I would participate in pile-ons, too. This style of "argument" isn't limited to social media platforms - it's bled into and dominates everything from cable news to interpersonal relationships.

Which is why this felt like a groundbreaking course to me: It's not suggesting that you duck out of tough conversations à la bothsidesism. Instead, it equips you with the tools to build your case - while also honestly questioning dubious or biased spots in your own thinking. Doing so helps you strengthen your own talking points, identify fallacies in others, and diplomatically draw people to your point of view. In a time of unprecedented polarization, thoughtful, well-researched arguments couldn't be more radical.

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10 fascinating, free online courses you can take from the University of Edinburgh, including “How to Read a Novel”

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Considered one of the top global colleges, the University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest and most popular universities in the UK. But for those who can't swing a move to Scotland, the school - like many of the best colleges - offers many of its courses for free through e-learning platforms Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn.

The University of Edinburgh's online class selection is particularly diverse, ranging in subjects from literature, music, philosophy, marketing, coding, and even animal behavior. All the courses below are free to take, while some offer optional paid certificates or are part of longer paid programs.

10 free University of Edinburgh courses you can take online:

Introduction to Philosophy
Philosopher Statue

Length: 5 weeks (19 hours total)

Featuring a different philosopher each week, this course focuses on a range of areas in philosophy to provide students with a thorough understanding of what philosophy is and what it aims to explore.

Introduction to Philosophy (button) Fundamentals of Music Theory
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Length: 6 weeks (7 hours total)

This crash course in Western music theory walks students through pitches, scales, intervals, rhythm, form, meter, harmony, and more.

Fundamentals of Music Theory (button) How to Read a Novel
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Length: 4 weeks (2 hours per week)

Expand your appreciation of literature by understanding the key elements of a great novel: plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting — using examples from the novels in the 2020 James Tait Black fiction shortlist.

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Length: 6 weeks (2-3 hours per week)

The first of two courses in the Digital Marketing Fundamentals professional certificate program ($313.20), this intro class goes over the importance of marketing before diving into specific strategies.

Introduction to Marketing (button) Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming
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Length: 5 weeks (12 hours total)

For those who are true beginners to coding, this intro course shows students how to code in Scratch, a comprehensive visual programming language, along with the basic principles of programming.

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Remote learning

Length: 2 weeks (3 hours per week)

As e-learning continues to grow, this quick course shows you how to create your own online course by understanding your learners, creating active learning opportunities, and finding ways to keep content interesting for your students.

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Earth

Length: 5 weeks (1-2 hours per week)

For anyone interested in finding solutions to our climate crisis, this course covers the science behind climate change, what governments and big businesses can do about it, as well as the individual actions we all can take to make a difference.

Climate Solutions (button) Statistics: Unlocking the World of Data
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Length: 8 weeks (4-6 hours per week)

Data is used across so many fields, and if you're curious about a career that involves statistics, this introductory course covers the fundamentals of statistics before going over simple stats you can analyze for practice.

Statistics: Unlocking the World of Data (button) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
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Length: 7 weeks (10 hours total)

For animal lovers everywhere, this course covers the study of animal behavior and emotions, tying it into the bigger picture of animal welfare and public policy.

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Length: 3 weeks (12 hours total)

Living up to its name, this course shows you tangible, real ways to increase your physical activity throughout the day in manageable, easy steps (no pun intended).

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10 fascinating, free online courses you can take from the University of Edinburgh, including “How to Read a Novel”

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Considered one of the top global colleges, the University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest and most popular universities in the UK. But for those who can't swing a move to Scotland, the school - like many of the best colleges - offers many of its courses for free through e-learning platforms Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn.

The University of Edinburgh's online class selection is particularly diverse, ranging in subjects from literature, music, philosophy, marketing, coding, and even animal behavior. All the courses below are free to take, while some offer optional paid certificates or are part of longer paid programs.

10 free University of Edinburgh courses you can take online:

Introduction to Philosophy
Philosopher Statue

Length: 5 weeks (19 hours total)

Featuring a different philosopher each week, this course focuses on a range of areas in philosophy to provide students with a thorough understanding of what philosophy is and what it aims to explore.

Introduction to Philosophy (button) Fundamentals of Music Theory
Sheet music book

Length: 6 weeks (7 hours total)

This crash course in Western music theory walks students through pitches, scales, intervals, rhythm, form, meter, harmony, and more.

Fundamentals of Music Theory (button) How to Read a Novel
Reading a book sitting by a window

Length: 4 weeks (2 hours per week)

Expand your appreciation of literature by understanding the key elements of a great novel: plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting — using examples from the novels in the 2020 James Tait Black fiction shortlist.

How to Read a Novel (button) Introduction to Marketing
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Length: 6 weeks (2-3 hours per week)

The first of two courses in the Digital Marketing Fundamentals professional certificate program ($313.20), this intro class goes over the importance of marketing before diving into specific strategies.

Introduction to Marketing (button) Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming
Coding on a laptop

Length: 5 weeks (12 hours total)

For those who are true beginners to coding, this intro course shows students how to code in Scratch, a comprehensive visual programming language, along with the basic principles of programming.

Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming (button) How to Create an Online Course
Remote learning

Length: 2 weeks (3 hours per week)

As e-learning continues to grow, this quick course shows you how to create your own online course by understanding your learners, creating active learning opportunities, and finding ways to keep content interesting for your students.

How to Create an Online Course (button) Climate Solutions
Earth

Length: 5 weeks (1-2 hours per week)

For anyone interested in finding solutions to our climate crisis, this course covers the science behind climate change, what governments and big businesses can do about it, as well as the individual actions we all can take to make a difference.

Climate Solutions (button) Statistics: Unlocking the World of Data
Math equations

Length: 8 weeks (4-6 hours per week)

Data is used across so many fields, and if you're curious about a career that involves statistics, this introductory course covers the fundamentals of statistics before going over simple stats you can analyze for practice.

Statistics: Unlocking the World of Data (button) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Dogs napping together

Length: 7 weeks (10 hours total)

For animal lovers everywhere, this course covers the study of animal behavior and emotions, tying it into the bigger picture of animal welfare and public policy.

Animal Behaviour and Welfare (button) Sit Less, Get Active
People running outside

Length: 3 weeks (12 hours total)

Living up to its name, this course shows you tangible, real ways to increase your physical activity throughout the day in manageable, easy steps (no pun intended).

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These 6 jobs make over $90k a year and are expected to grow the fastest by 2029. Here are the online master’s degrees and certificates that can help you land one of them.

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According to the Bureau of Labor, some of the fastest-growing - and best-paying - jobs from 2019-2029 are in the medical and technological fields, ranging from nurse practitioners to data scientists.

Some of these careers require master's degrees, while others usually only require a bachelor's degree or relevant experience. Thanks to online learning, there are many options for flexible (and comparatively more affordable) alternatives to on-campus learning, such as part-time online master's programs or graduate-level certificates from e-learning platforms like edX and Coursera.

Below, we rounded up the fastest growing professions that earn over $90,000 on average - with the highest at $112,160- along with flexible online master's degrees, edX MicroMasters, and Coursera MasterTracks to help you work your way towards transitioning into one of these careers.

The 6 fastest-growing jobs and the online degrees to get them:

Nurse practitioners
George Washington University Nursing Masters

Growth rate through 2029: 52%

Average annual salary: $109,820

Due to a large aging population, the demand for nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives is expected to rapidly increase within the next decade. To become a nurse practitioner, you must have an MSN (Master's of Science in Nursing) and may need a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing to be admitted to a graduate program.

Here are some of the top online master's options, based on Best Colleges and US News:

 Cost per credit:Need a BS in Nursing to apply?:

George Washington University

$1,395Yes

Saint Xavier University

$750Yes

University of South Carolina

$1,438

Yes, except for the Master's Entry to Practice Nursing

(MEPN) for non-nurse baccalaureate. 

Statisticians
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Growth rate through 2029: 35%

Average annual salary: $91,160

Statisticians and mathematicians analyze data to solve problems in a wide range of fields and industries, from tech startups to private research companies to the federal government. You typically need a master's (though it's not technically required), and you can usually apply for a statistics master's with an unrelated bachelor's degree so long as you've fulfilled some math requirements like calculus.

Here are some of the top online master's options, based on Affordable Colleges Online and US News:

 Cost:Need a BS in Mathematics to apply?

MIT edX MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science

$1,350 (total)No*

Colorado State University Master's in Applied Statistics 

$811 (per credit)

No, but a bachelor's degree is required along with some math credits

Texas A&M University MS in Statistics

Varies for in-state and out-of-state students

No, but a bachelor's degree is required along with some math credits

*This is only part of a master's program. You will receive a certificate of completion and college credits you can put towards a master's degree. Check here to see which schools and programs accept the credits.

Medical and health service managers
Medical and health service managers

Growth rate through 2029: 32%

Average annual salary: $100,980

Medical and health service managers are in charge of planning and organizing the business side of healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical practices, and nursing homes. They usually require a bachelor's in a related field, but not necessarily a master's. It's also typically helpful for them to gain some administrative work experience in a healthcare facility.

Here are some of the top online master's options, based on Best Colleges and US News:

 Cost:Need a BS to apply?

Doane University edX MicroMasters in Healthcare Administration

$1,253.70 (total)No*

George Washington University Healthcare MBA

$1,765 (per credit)Yes

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Executive MHA

$927 per credit (in-state); $1,759 per credit (out-of-state)Yes, and work experience in the field

*This is only part of a master's program. You will receive a certificate of completion and college credits you can put towards a master's degree. Check here to see which schools and programs accept the credits.

Physician assistants
University of Maryland Physician Assistant Program

Growth rate through 2029: 31%

Average annual salary: $112,160

Physician assistants work with physicians, doctors, and surgeons — and the profession is expected to grow as the general population size does. To become a physician assistant, you usually need a master's degree and require a medical license to practice.

Here are some of the top online master's options, based on Best Colleges and EduMed:

 Cost:Need a BS to apply?:

Yale University Physician Assistant Online Program

 $108,612 (total)Yes, as well as 500 hours of work experience and course prerequisites, which you can find here.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Physician Assistant Studies Bridge Program

$5,100.56 for in-state; $11,644.56 for out-of-state (total)Yes, and you need to have a physician assistant license

University of Maryland Physician Assistant Program

$710.70 for in-state; $970.70  for out-of-state (per credit)

Yes, as well as prerequisite coursework

 

Information security analysts
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Growth rate through 2029: 31%

Average annual salary: $99,730

As technology advances, there will be a growing need for information security analysts who can help keep crucial company information safe from hackers. A career in cybersecurity usually requires just a bachelor's degree in the field and ideally some related work experience.

Here are some edX MicroMasters and Coursera MasterTrack options, which can be used as standalone certificates or college credits towards a full bachelor or master's degree:

 Total Cost:

New York University edX MicroBachelors in Cybersecurity Fundamentals

$1,344.60

Rochester Institute of Technology edX MicroMasters in Cybersecurity

$1,436.40

 

University of Arizona Coursera MasterTrack in Cybersecurity
$4,500
Data scientists and mathematical occupations
Data scientists and mathematical professional

Growth rate through 2029: 31%

Average annual salary: $94,280

Data scientists analyze data to help companies and organizations make better decisions and products — they also rank #2 in the best US professions, according to Glassdoor. Data scientists typically need a bachelor's or master's degree in the field.

Here are some edX MicroMasters and Coursera MasterTrack options, which can be used as standalone certificates or college credits towards a full master's degree:

 Total cost:

MIT edX MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science

$1,350
UC San Diego edX MicroMasters in Data Science$1,260
University of Arizona Coursera MasterTrack in Big Data$4,500
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The 11 best MCAT courses, based on your studying style

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  • A Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score is required for entry to medical school.
  • Online courses and practice tests can help you study and even raise your MCAT score.
  • Below are some of the best options from The Princeton Review, Kaplan, Magoosh, and Blueprint.

Anyone with med school plans probably knows about the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a standardized, multiple-choice exam that has a huge bearing on your admission to your dream school.

Testing your knowledge in four major areas (Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior) the exam can be notoriously nerve-racking.

Online courses - offered in a variety of formats and timeframes - can be great resources to help you prep, whether you're studying for the first time or want to boost your score. Kaplan, The Princeton Review, Magoosh, and Blueprint offer tools like live sessions, pre-recorded videos, practice tests, and even bootcamps to help you feel adequately prepared to ace the MCAT.

The 11 best MCAT online courses and resources:

If you have a lot of time and flexibility

If you thrive the most from structure

If you already took the MCAT and want a higher score

If you have a lot of time and flexibility: Self-Guided MCAT Course (The Princeton Review)
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MCAT Online Course (button) If you thrive the most from structure: MCAT Live Online Course (Kaplan)
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MCAT Live Online Course (button) Intensive MCAT Test Prep Winter Bootcamp (The Princeton Review)
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MCAT Bootcamp (Kaplan) (button) If you already took it and want a higher score: MCAT Prep Premium (Magoosh)
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Free language-learning app Duolingo now offers Yiddish lessons

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If you're just starting to explore a new language or want to easily build on what you already know, Duolingo is a fun, free, and low-key way to squeeze in a few minutes of practice every day. Using cute animations and short, gamified lessons, it's one of our favorite apps for learning a new language, whether you're brushing up on high school Spanish or French or learning Korean or Hindi for the first time.

And now, Duolingo just added Yiddish to its impressive roster of languages, which includes ones like Navajo, Swahili, and Scottish Gaelic.

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One unique part of Duolingo is that it uses volunteer contributors to develop new courses. For its Yiddish course, Duolingo used "a team of dedicated contributors representing the three major Yiddish dialects and from a variety of backgrounds - from a civil engineer who grew up speaking Yiddish at home as a former member of the Hasidic community, to three Gen-Zers inspired by their heritage to carry on the tradition," according to the company.

By relying on a pool of Yiddish speakers across different age groups and regions, the lessons feature culturally significant phrases and examples on top of the core grammar and vocabulary basics of Yiddish - which can be especially useful if users are taking the course to connect more with their family or culture.

Duolingo is free to download and use, though Duolingo Plus ($79.99 for a year) offers perks like an ad-free experience and downloadable lessons.

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22 free or affordable online finance courses from top schools like Yale and UPenn’s Wharton School

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  • Whether you want to pay off debt or get better at investing, these online finance courses can help.
  • The classes are offered by top universities such as MIT, UPenn's Wharton, Yale, Columbia, and more.
  • Topics range from investment banking and quantitative modeling to personal finance.

Whether you're looking to pivot to a career in finance, or just want to build a more sustainable savings account, it always helps to learn from the pros.

Thankfully, there are seemingly infinite finance courses you can take online - including ones that are completely free. Some are from top schools like MIT, UPenn's Wharton, Yale, Columbia, and the University of Michigan; others are taught by experts and coaches who can speak to common financial concerns (such as credit card debt).

Many of these courses are free to audit (meaning you won't get certification upon completion), with certificates ranging from $49 to $2,025, depending on the school or program.

22 free or affordable online finance classes:

Foundations of finance MicroMasters Program in Finance
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Taught by: MIT

Cost: Free to audit individual courses; $2,025 for an edX MicroMasters certificate 

Length: 1 year and 3 months

One of edX's MicroMasters selections, this MIT-led program features five finance courses, covering essential topics from the foundations of modern finance to financial derivatives in global markets. If you're looking to move into a career in finance, this program can be a more affordable option to accrue college credits and eventually earn a full master's degree. Alternatively, you can audit each individual course entirely for free — you just won't receive accreditation. 

Finance for Everyone
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Taught by: The University of Michigan

Cost: Free; $49 for a certificate

Length: 6 weeks

The University of Michigan designed this course to do exactly what the name implies — provide a solid understanding of finance no matter what your professional or personal background is. Beyond covering what finance is, why it's important, and how to make more financially sound decisions using tools like the Time Value of Money (TVM), it also aims to simply make you appreciate finance as a concept. By making the subject engaging and interesting, this course can help even reluctant students feel more empowered by their financial choices by the end.

Finance Basics Everyone Should Know
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Taught by: Michael McDonald, a researcher and professor of finance at Fairfield University

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 1 hour and 17 minutes

If you consider yourself a complete novice when it comes to finance, this course covers the basics, from bank rates and credit scores to formulating a solid retirement plan. It aims to keep you generally informed of all the facets of finance, whether you're looking to become more of an expert or just need guidance in understanding your HSA or 401K.

Introduction to Finance, Accounting, Modeling, and Valuation
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Taught by: Chris Haroun, CEO, author, and MBA professor

Cost: $18.99 (Normally $149.99)

Length: 4.5 hours

This course tackles the fundamentals of finance and accounting without requiring learners to possess any prior knowledge of either subject. In 61 total lectures (amassing over four hours of material), you learn how to use Excel to create a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, as well as build financial models with accurate target prices. 

Personal finance Build Sustainable Wealth and Get Out of Debt
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Taught by: WealthFit, a financial education platform

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 1 hour and 16 minutes

This relatively short class breaks down everything you need to know to get out of debt, from saving and building liquidity to the 10-20-70 rule. It'll also provide you with real-life examples of people paying off their debts, so you can feel more encouraged that these decisions and planning will greatly benefit you in the long run.

The Fab 4 of Personal Finance
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Taught by: Son Han, CPA, CFA, and founder of BrainyMoney

Cost: Free with the 7-day Skillshare trial; $8.25 or $19 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 1 hour and 25 minutes

This beginner-level, highly digestible class is meant for people who want to get their money habits in order but feel intimidated by the idea of investing or automating their finances. In a series of super-short videos, CPA Son Han touches upon pretty much every question you might have about personal finance, from Roth IRAs to credit scores.

Manage Your Personal Investments
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Taught by: Jane Barratt, the chief advocacy officer at MX Technologies, Inc.

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 1 hour and 24 minutes

Want to invest but have no clue where to start? This relatively short course gives you the lowdown on stocks, bonds, funds, compounding interest, risk management, and why you should invest in the first place. It also provides you with the tools you need to find out where to invest or how to work with a financial advisor.

Personal Finance for Artists and Freelancers
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Taught by: Galia Gichon, an independent personal financial expert 

Cost: $29

Length: 14 hours and 54 minutes

Being a freelancer can be financially challenging enough, but even more so if you don't have a solid money plan. This class gives you a realistic toolkit for creating (and sticking to) a budget that you check in on every week, as well as how to save for retirement when you don't have a company 401K to contribute to. 

Corporate finance Corporate finance
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Taught by: Columbia University

Cost: Free to audit individual courses; $607.50 for an edX professional certificate 

Length: 3 months

Whether you audit these classes for free or take on the paid program, this course teaches you the core basics of corporate finance. After starting off with the theory and financial concepts needed to make investment evaluations, you learn how to value stocks and bonds, compute and project free cash flows, and measure risk. It's priceless knowledge whether you own a small business yourself or want to eventually work as a financial analyst.

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals
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Taught by: Rice University

Cost: Free; $49 for a certificate

Length: 5 weeks

Rice University offers this short online course, which requires no previous knowledge of finance to understand. You learn about financial valuation, compounding returns, and the basic tools of capital budgeting, so you can better understand the stock market and all the other factors that involve making important financial decisions in a corporate environment.

Finance Essentials for Small Businesses
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Taught by: Kay Stice and Jim Stice, professors of Accounting at Brigham Young University

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 51 minutes

If you're thinking about starting a small business, it's imperative that you know the top reasons yours might fail before you even begin. This course covers just that, plus everything you need to know to create a solid plan around cash inflows and outflows, troubleshoot if profit is lower than expected, and institute faster growth in the first few months of your business. 

Investment Banking Essential Career Skills for Investment Banking and Finance
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Taught by: The New York Institute of Finance

Cost: Free; $49 for a certificate

Length: 2 weeks

The New York Institute of Finance offers this approachable introductory course to investment banking. Taught by instructors with decades of Wall Street experience, it covers financial sectors and sub-sectors, industry jargon, and how hiring decisions are actually made. 

Investment and Portfolio Management Specialization
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Taught by: Rice University

Cost: Free with 7-day Coursera trial; $49 per month to keep learning after trial ends

Length: 2 weeks

This four-course program from Rice University covers the essentials of investment portfolio management and personal investing — from understanding global markets to figuring out how much risk to take on. You learn to use quantitative skills and analytical tools to create a portfolio that effectively manages risk and brings in money, while also becoming more comfortable around the idea of irrational behavior in financial markets.

Investment Evaluation
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Taught by: Yash Patel, Instructor at LinkedIn Learning

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 2 hours and 4 minutes

This intermediate course is perfect for people who already know a little about investing but want to learn more about the different methods of evaluations. You'll go over discounted cash flow (DCF), net present value (NPV), and internal rate of return (IRR), along with a list of pros and cons for each so you can make the wisest investing decisions.

Trading Trading Fundamentals of Technical Analysis
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Taught by: The New York Institute of Finance

Cost: Free; $199 for a certificate

Length: 6 weeks

This course asserts that "In order to apply technical analysis with confidence, it is important to understand the theory of technical analysis." In the class, you learn about price chart patterns and other theories to predict the direction of prices. You can take this class alone or as part of a paid, two-course certificate program

Financial Markets
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Taught by: Yale University

Cost: Free; $49 for a certificate

Length: 7 weeks

This theory-based Yale course provides you with some basic knowledge of financial markets, behavioral finance, stocks, bonds, mortgage lending, recessions, and regulations. Citing historical and real-world examples, this class aims at encouraging more ethical and effective use of these industries. 

Algorithmic Trading and Stocks Essential Training
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Taught by: Michael McDonald, a researcher and professor of finance at Fairfield University

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 1 hour and 29 minutes

Intended for more intermediate learners, this class explains how data analysis intersects with trading — and how so many current stock market trades are conducted via algorithms. Beyond learning how these algorithms work and gaining an overview of securities markets, you'll be able to develop a simple trading algorithm yourself.

Quantitative Modeling Business and Financial Modeling Specialization
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Taught by: UPenn's Wharton School

Cost: Free with 7-day Coursera trial; $79 per month to keep learning after trial ends

Length: N/A; five courses total

Wharton's program gives you a breakdown of the fundamentals of quantitative modeling before moving into spreadsheets and more complex data analysis and modeling. By the end, you recommend a business strategy based on a data model you made in the class, and present it as a course of action to your peers.

Financial Modeling and Forecasting
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Taught by: Kay Stice and Jim Stice, professors of Accounting at Brigham Young University

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 1 hour and 53 minutes

This popular LinkedIn Learning course provides a historical overview of famous business cases that went wrong — like Home Depot's 1985 cash flow crisis — so you can make the right financial decisions for yourself. Using the "assets = liability + equity" equation, you'll be able to look at past data to make effective predictions and models for the future.

Python for Finance: Investment Fundamentals and Data Analytics
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Taught by: 365 Careers

Cost: $18.99 (Normally $139.99)

Length: 8.5 hours

This extensive class goes through the fundamentals of finance (from the risk of stocks to Monte Carlo simulations) as well as teaches you how to code in Python, thus doubling as both a programming and finance course. Whether you're a programming beginner with an interest in finance or an aspiring data scientist, this course covers a lot of important ground. 

Excel Microsoft Excel for Your Business
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Taught by: David Casuto, owner and lead instructor for San Francisco Computer Training and Senior Surf Computer Education

Cost: $29

Length: 14 hours and 5 minutes

Intended for freelancers and small business owners, this Excel class teaches you how to navigate Excel before diving into simple formulas and advanced formatting techniques. Knowing your way around Excel can help you track your invoices in a clear-cut, foolproof way (though this course is also useful for accounting pros who just want to know about the latest features of the software).

Excel: Tracking Data Easily and Efficiently
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Taught by: Oz du Soleil, an Excel MVP, author, and trainer

Cost: Free with the 30-day LinkedIn Learning trial; $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)

Length: 1 hour and 29 minutes

Excel is an invaluable tool for financial modeling, and this course covers the three financial statements used in financial modeling, the key parts of a buyout model, and how to utilize Excel for more complicated modeling. This course is helpful whether you're working in corporate finance, investment banking, or portfolio management. 

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