22 quick online courses you can take to get ahead in your...

22 quick online courses you can take to get ahead in your career!

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on-line-learning-for-management1. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills, Cousera

About the course: We all negotiate on a daily basis. On a personal level, we negotiate with friends, family, landlords, car sellers and employers, among others. Negotiation is also the key to business success. No business can survive without profitable contracts. Within a company, negotiation skills can lead to your career advancement. Through this course you’ll learn and practice the strategies and skills that will help you become a successful negotiator in your personal life and business transactions. After completing this module, you’ll be able to state the four key stages of negotiation and what you need to do successfully complete this course.

Topics: 

  •  Prepare: Plan Your Negotiation Strategy
  •  Negotiate: Use Key Tactics for Success
  • Close: Create a Contract
  • Perform and Evaluate: The End Game

2. Harvard University’s Introduction to Computer Science, edX

About the course: This is CS50, Harvard University’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50 teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming.

Topics:  Abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML.

3. Secret Sauce of Great Writing, Udemy

About the Course: It’s undeniable: great writing gives you a massive competitive edge in today’s marketplace–whatever your profession. This is an introductory course that will give you a powerful new framework for viewing your writing. It is the basis of a unique writing system designed to massively enhance your skills in as little as a few weeks.

If you take this course you’ll get a set of concise videos introducing the system. Also a professionally designed ebook you can download any time to your phone or tablet computer to reinforce the teachings.

Topics: The Key Ingredients of Slick Writing, Simplicity, Clarity, Elegance, Famous Writers on Writing, Principles, Benefits of Elite Writing.

4. University of Michigan’s Programming for Everybody (Python), Coursera

About the course: This course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. We cover the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course. This course is equivalent to the first half of the 11-week “Programming for Everybody (Python)” course. Once a student completes this course, they will be ready to take more advanced programming courses.

Topics: Introduction to fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language.

In the Capstone Project, you’ll use the technologies learned throughout the Specialization to design and create your own applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization.

5. Beginners Adobe Photoshop, Adobe KnowHow

About the course: This Photoshop CS5 tutorials for beginners will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop with easy to follow, practical examples.Starting with the basics, in this Photoshop CS5 tutorials for beginners, you will learn how to setup your work environment, open files, and perform various editing functions that Photoshop has to offer.

By the conclusion of this video tutorial, you will be fully versed in the use of the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop CS5, and able to open, edit and prepare images for use in print, or digital media such as PDF’s or the Internet.

Topics: Introductions Are In Order, Getting Ready To Work, Working With Photoshop Images, The Amazing Bridge, Cropping And Straightening, Selection, Working With Photoshop Text, Working With Photoshop Brush Tools, Layers, Layer Opacity And Blend Modes, Working With Adjustment Layers, Layer Styles, Masks And Alpha Channels, Photoshop Filters, Image Size And Resolution, Replacing – Retouching – Editing, Basic Color Theory, Color Correction, Shadows-Highlights-Midtones,  Dodge And Burn, Converting To Black And White, Working With Camera Raw,  Levels,  Working With Curves, Actions And Batch Processing, and Saving And Printing Photoshop Documents.

About the course: Give wings to your creativity with our comprehensive and unique course on Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is the vector drawing tool for art and Illustration. Learn with this course to create amazing graphics for Web, Video and Film. In this course of over 10 hours you will learn expert tips and tricks and will learn to do advance design and graphics work. You will start with basic Illustrator techniques and will progress on to topics such as Pen Tool, Transforming, Gradient, Types & Panels, Design, Perspective and Automation. This course does not assume any prior knowledge of Illustrator and will teach content from scratch. So get started and be the next design superstar.

Topic: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator, Basic Illustrator features, Working with Colors and Patterns, Type and Panel, Effects And Appereances, Making a design in AI,  AI – Advance Features, Summary

7. Diploma in Social Media Marketing, ALISON

About the course: The importance of social media marketing for businesses and organizations is no longer questioned. It has become a worldwide trend in which helps businesses and organizations connect with their customers online. This course covers the concepts and application of social media marketing and will equip you with the skills to plan and implement a successful social media marketing strategy. This free online course will be of interest to people who wish to learn more about social media marketing or to advance their career prospects in the social media marketing arena.

Topics: The use of email marketing, affiliate marketing, using social media tools such as Twitter, podcasting and blogging, and how to use Facebook to create a business page and get it noticed by current and potential customers.

8. Advanced SEO: Tactics and Strategy, Udemy

About the course: In this course we touch on a broad range of SEO subjects to give you some quick tactical wins as well as an understanding some of the deeper SEO concepts and strategies. This course provides digestible information for all levels of knowledge, from users just beginning to learn SEO to advanced SEOs.

Topics: Introduction, SEO Tactics, Social & SEO, UX & SEO, Personalization, Conclusion.

9. Email Marketing Crash Course, HubSpot

About the Course: HubSpot’s five-part video series will take you through email marketing basics to help maximize efficiency in several key areas. If you’re struggling to meet your email marketing goals or simply looking to enhance the way your leads and customers interact with your messages, these best practice tips will make you a more productive marketer.

Topics:  Organic email lists, Increase deliverability, Open rate, Lead nurturing, Conversion rates.

10. Become a Networking Master, The Muse

About the course: You know networking is important, but it’s also a little intimidating. So, we’re making it much more fun (and a lot less scary). This seven-day, email-based class is designed to help you get over any fears you may have—and help you develop the skills you need to meet new people and create meaningful connections.

Topics: Get Over Your Networking Fears, Get Ready to Get Out There,  Crafting Your Elevator Speech, Starting a Conversation,  Making (Smart) Small Talk With Anyone, Making a Smooth Getaway, Follow Up the Right Way

11. How to Start a Startup, Sam Altman at Stanford University

About the course: How to Start a Startup is a series of video lectures, initially given at Stanford in Fall 2014. It’s a sort of one-class business course for people who want to start startups.Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments are all available here. There are 20 videos, some with a speaker or two and some with a small panel. It’s be 1,000 minutes of content if you watch it all.

Topics: How to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy, and more.

12. New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs, Coursera

About the course: This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure funding for their company.This course will demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding. Examine the many financing options available to get your new venture funded.

Topics: The Early Stage Investment Landscape, Sources of Capital for the Early Stage Company, Getting Funded – Steps in the Funding Process, Pitching Investors and Closing the Round

13. Product Design—Validation and UX Through Design Sprints, Udacity

About the course: There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. This course is designed to help you materialize your game-changing idea and transform it into a product that you can build a business around. Product Design blends theory and practice to teach you product validation, UI/UX practices, Google’s Design Sprint and the process for setting and tracking actionable metrics.

Topics: Ideation & Validation, UI/UX, Design Sprint, Key Metrics.

14. Academic and Business Writing, edX

About the course: This free online course is aimed at those curious about journalism and looking to gain a better understanding of what the subject entails. Run by a team of internationally-renowned scholars and journalism practitioners at the University of Strathclyde, it gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the professional world of reporters and editors. Although the scenario is entirely fictitious, participants will engage in tasks and discussions that reflect real-life situations in journalism.

Each week contains a variety of learning activities that will introduce concepts, challenge assumptions, facilitate understanding and hone new skills. You’ll be encouraged to discuss your thoughts with peers and tutors, generate and edit small pieces of writing, and comment on others’ work. Several esteemed journalists from around the world will feature each week, as they discuss key topics in relation to their own work. By enacting the role of a journalist in the context of an escalating story, the course adheres to Strathclyde’s ethos of “a place of useful learning.”

Topics: What makes a good news story; writing news; writing features; opinion writing; politics and journalism; and investigative journalism – and explores these in relation to a case study running throughout the six weeks.

15. Writing for the Web, OPEN2STUDY

About the course: Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This course brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, structure and search engine optimisation. Find out how content can impact the reader’s experience, as well as how the reader’s experience can impact the way they interpret online content.

Topics: Why writing for the web is different, Characteristics of good content, Writing effective content, looking after your content.

16. Basic French Language Skills for Everyday Life, ALISON

About the course: French is spoken by millions of people in many countries around the world and is a very popular second language to learn. ALISON’s free online course is a series of engaging video lessons for beginners that introduces the learner to various aspects of the French language including basic vocabulary and grammar. By studying this French course you will quickly pick up conversational French that will help you deal with everyday situations you may find yourself in when you visit a French speaking country.

17. Spanish I, MIT OpenCourseWare

About the course: Spanish I is very different from other classes at MIT. The central component of the text and workbook is a series of 26 half-hour video episodes. The videos allow students to learn authentic Spanish and experience its cultural diversity while following a good story full of surprises and human emotions. Students also listen to an audio-only program integrated with the text and workbook.

In the classroom, students do a variety of activities and exercises, which include talking in Spanish about the video program, practicing pronunciation and grammar, and interacting in Spanish with classmates in pairs and small groups. The class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible, but English is used where necessary for clarity and efficiency. This course deals with all basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. This class assumes no previous knowledge of Spanish.

By watching these video episodes, you’ll learn Spanish (and experience its cultural diversity) through a quality drama-filled story. In addition, you’ll listen to an audio program integrated with the text and workbook.

18. German Course for Beginners, Deutsch-Lernen.com

About the course: Learn German – online, simple, independently. 10 tables build up an overview of basic German grammar. Basic verb forms and an introduction to German syntax are presented in a simple and understandable way. This German course was compiled with total beginners in mind.

19. Behavioral Economics in Action, University of Toronto

About this course: This course builds on much of the fascinating work in the area of behavioural economics and allows the student to develop a hands-on approach by learning its methods and more importantly, how it can be harnessed by suitably designing contexts to “nudge” choice. Students will also witness and participate in weekly topical debates on various topics like “does irrationality impact welfare?” or “What strategy is better for improving welfare – nudging or education?” If you’ve been fascinated with the buzz surrounding behavioural economics but are not sure how to actually use it, this course is for you.

Topics: Explain and interpret the principles underlying decision-making and compare the nudging approach to other methods of behaviour change, Learn how to critique, design and interpret the results of experiments; and Design nudges and decision-tools to help people make better decisions.

20. The Language and Tools of Financial Analysis, University of Melbourne

About this course: In this course you will develop an understanding of the definitions of key accounting measures – but more importantly you will learn how accounting information is used on a daily basis in financial markets by analysts, investors and CFOs.

Instructors from the University of Melbourne, together with their partners at BNY Mellon, bridge the gap between historical asset valuation reflected in financial statements and the forward-looking needs of market participants seeking to assess current value in the face of future uncertainty.

Topics: An introduction to accounting principles: The language of capital markets, An intuition-based introduction to financial analysis, The links between accounting principles and financial decision-making, Value measurement via discounted cash flow analysis

21. Financial Markets, Yale University

About this course: Professor Robert Shiller, 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, explores the topic of Financial Markets in this eight module course.

Topics: Basic Principles of Finance and Risk Management, Efficient Markets versus Behavioral Finance, Debt versus Equity, Real Estate, Regulation and Enterprise, Forward Futures and Options Markets, Monetary Policy, Critical Elements of the Financial Infrastructure, Finance and the Broader Public Purpose

22. Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity, UC Irvine

About this course: You will be able to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of personal and professional awareness, organization and commitment, and use the tools, methods and techniques that you have learned in goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance productivity.

Topics: Smart Work Habits Just Don’t Happen, Time Is the Most Limited Resource, Little Tips That Make a Big Impact, Let’s Bring It All Together.

 

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