free online college courses you can take

If you’re looking to improve while you’re stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak, consider taking free online college courses.

In fact, 450 Ivy League schools are among those offering the option, according to Class Central, an online education clearinghouse.

“There is an enormous amount of information” available, said Class Central CEO Dhawal Shah.

Whether you’ve been laid off following coronavirus-related business closures or are working remotely, taking time for personal development could help you once the pandemic is over.

“Shark Tank” investor Daymond John suggests you take this time to think like an entrepreneur.

This means that if you save three hours of commuting a day, work some or all of that time instead of treating it as a Saturday.

“You educate yourself and get as much information as you can to become a better person,” said John, author of “Powershift: Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome.”

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Of course, do what you can depending on your situation – while working from home, you may also be juggling children or aging parents.

It also depends on your interests, but Shah said there is a “great diversity” of courses available through online learning sites Coursera and edX – totaling around 13,000 courses from more than 900 universities. They’re free to audit – or listen – but you can also pay to do some homework and receive a certificate.

However, while a certificate might look nice on your resume, auditing a class will help you gain invaluable knowledge that can help you advance in your career — and even help you ace an interview, Shah points out.

Some are even taught by world-renowned experts, like Nobel laureate Robert Shiller, who teaches a course on financial markets at Yale.

If you’re new to online learning, Shah suggests taking Learn to Learn at the University of California, San Diego first.

Here are some other examples of courses available:

You can check out all the free online courses available on Class Central.

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