With all this time at home, some might be wondering how they can make this a productive experience. If there was ever a time to consider online learning, this is it! As someone who pursued their bachelor’s degree fully online, I know it’s not an easy feat and it might not be for everyone. We all learn differently – whether it’s interpersonal, visual, or even musical – but there’s no harm in trying out a class if the subject is something you enjoy or can use to further your career.
Here are some online learning options, from free courses to full degree programs offered through colleges.
Online college programs
There are thousands of online degree programs for anything from Business to Fashion to Marketing. Here are just a few state schools you can check out to get you started.
Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College offers fully online degree programs in 7-week, 12-week, and 15-week formats. If you’re interested in pursuing an Associate’s degree, they offer Accounting, Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice, and Business Administration.
CUNY School of Professional Studies
CUNY SPS is a New York City-based school that offers online degree programs for adults who are returning to school and have received at least 24 credits from a previous school. This is a great option if you started school and always wanted to finish, or if you just wanted to take non-degree courses. Their 14 undergrad degree programs include Communication and Media, Psychology, Nursing, and Information Systems. They also offer graduate degree programs.
Rutgers offers a few Bachelor’s degree programs and a wide variety Master’s degree programs online, including BA in Business Administration, Master of Social Work, and Master of Science in Digital Marketing. You can request information on their website and browse their course catalog to see what’s available from all three Rutgers campuses.
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University is specifically designed for adult education. They offer a large selection of online degree and certificate programs including Associate, Bachelor, and Graduate degree programs as well as undergrad and grad certificate programs. Browse through courses in subjects like Computer Science, Marketing, Information Technology, and Accounting.
Kean currently offers online learning with Bachelor’s degrees in Management, Accounting, Biology, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. They also offer a few Master’s degree and certification programs.
Skills and other courses
If you’re looking to learn a new skill or advance your current skills, Skillshare has classes in animation, writing, graphic design, and other creative subjects as well as business courses like Business Analytics and Marketing. You can currently get 2 free months of Skillshare Premium when you sign up as a new member.
edX has over 2,500 online courses from over 140 institutions including Harvard, Berkeley, and MIT. Look through free online courses, including self-paced courses that you can complete on your own time.
Coursera provides courses from some of the best universities with flexible payment options for degrees along with some free courses. They have over 3,900 courses and 20+ degrees and certificates. Free courses include Algorithms, Seeing Through Photographs, and Programming Languages.
Codecademy offers a catalog of courses in programming, web development, data science, design, and game development. You can choose to pursue a Career Path or Skill Path to advance your skills, or just try out a course to get started. You can sign up with a basic plan or try a Pro free trial.
Alison offers free online courses in a variety of subjects, from science and technology to business and lifestyle. Browse through their trending courses to see what users have been enjoying, or check out their courses by category. You can also search for courses by specific jobs, certificates, or diplomas.