Top 10 Courses for People Working at Home

The number of people working at, or from home has seen an increase since the pandemic. The following is a list of courses people in this category would benefit from one way or the other. They cut across different disciplines such as business, social sciences, marketing, computer science, data science etc.

Basic Skills in Constructive Communication

Basic Skills in Constructive Communication is a Business course offered by Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. This course is taught in English, and lasts for approximately 8 hours. Teams, organizations and even the society as a whole suffer when there are deficiencies in constructive communication skills. This often leads to misunderstandings and conflicts, thereby resulting in a reduction in effectiveness of business processes and quality of services. This course will help participants improve their interaction with people, and negotiation skills, formulate and communicate their thoughts and ideas better, and accelerate routine processes. Gain skills in Feedback, Regulation of emotions, Constructive Communication, Active Listening, and Clarifying questions.

International Labour Law

International Labour Law is a Social Sciences course offered by Saint Petersburg State University. It is taught in English for approximately 15 hours. If you’re interested in securing workers’ rights and dealing with negative effects of globalization via International law, then this 7-module course is for you. Learn the different options available to defend your labour rights, thus combining theoretical know-how with practical knowledge. Join one of the world’s leading experts in this field, along with other instructors to discover the most important international labour standards, e.g., equal treatment, freedom of association, and the prohibition of child labour and forced labour. Participants will also be guided through the history and future of the International Labour Organization, and analysis of the concept of corporate social responsibility and fundamental workers’ rights.

Develop a Company Website with Wix

Develop a Company Website with Wix is a desktop-only Marketing course offered by Coursera Project Network. This beginner course lasts 2 hours taught in English, and offers a split screen video option. The importance of a strong online presence can’t be overstated, so join in this Guided Project to learn about account creation and website design, design and editing of content, media and layout, and management of blog, menu items, and events. This project will walk you through the entire process using Wix, which is a free program that helps you design and build your own personalized website. Learn how to maximize the design features of Wix in creating a business website that puts your brand out there. Gain skills in Web Design, Public Relations, Digital Marketing, and Digital Branding.

Leadership and Influence

Leadership and Influence is Course 3 of 4 in the Professional IQ: Preventing and Solving Problems at Work Specialization program offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The only prerequisites for this course are Courses One and Two of the Specialization “Professional IQ: Preventing and Solving Problems at Work”. It lasts 27 hours taught in English, with subtitles available in French, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish and English. You only get to change yourself, so using tools taught in this specialization, get to work on influencing your future, that of your team, as well as your organization. We’ll go into topics such as self-assessment and leadership planning, negotiation, addressing and resolving conflict, and successfully identifying and promoting circumstances you want, all to cement your professional influencer and leadership soft skills.

Blockchain: Foundations and Use Cases

Blockchain: Foundations and Use Cases is a Computer science course offered by ConsenSys Academy. It is taught for approximately 11 hours in English, with subtitles in French, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), English, and Russian. This course is for both developers, and non-developers. It also goes beyond technology to look into the philosophy behind decentralization, and why there’s so much buzz about it. Modules 1-3 introduce blockchain and its technology, whereas 4 delves into next-generation blockchain, Ethereum as an introduction to modern blockchains and their uses. After examining businesses use cases, hearing from industry leaders, and developing and analyzing a use case yourself, we believe you’ll be ready to make educated business decisions with your new understanding. Beside the course above, there are a variety of certifications in blockchain available online.

Social Media Data Analytics

Social Media Data Analytics is a Data Science course offered by University of Washington. It is taught for 13 hours in English, with subtitles in French, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), English, and Russian. Participants will learn using a sample learner story of a data analyst with experience in web analysis tools and marketing data, who is looking to enter the social media arena. She hopes to build a new workflow of data analytics which incorporates skills such as traditional data processing using Web and marketing tools, as well as newer methods of using social media data. There’ll be a number of mini-projects that involve data collection, analysis, and presentation involving various social media sources using the techniques learned in the class. Gain skills in Python Programming, Statistical Analysis, Sentiment Analysis, and R Programming.

Managing Employee Compensation

Managing Employee Compensation is Course 4 of 5 in the Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers Specialization program offered by the University of Minnesota. It is taught in English for approximately 15 hours, with subtitles in French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Vietnamese, English, and Russian. If you’re interested in understanding compensation, this course is for you. Learn how to align your organization’s objectives, its pay philosophy, and ultimately the way it designs and implements its salary structure, incentives, and benefits. Learn the key technical skills: compliance with pay regulations, understanding stock options, shopping for health insurance and pension providers, and designing incentive plans. Lastly, learn about non-monetary methods of motivating employees, and an introductory familiarity with pay regulation in the US. Gain skills in Human Resources (HR), Incentive, and Compensation and Benefits.

Create a Profile and Network on LinkedIn

Create a Profile and Network on LinkedIn is a desktop-only Business strategy course offered by Coursera Project Network. It is taught for 2 hours in English, with a split-screen video option. Join in this Guided Project to learn how to build, and share a profile that sends a professional message with your banner and your personalized URL code. Expand your LinkedIn network by making connection requests professionally, and learn how to follow people, groups, pages, and hashtags to improve your news feed. Learn about the tools and options offered by LinkedIn to assist you in setting-up an engaging profile.  You may even learn something you do not already know to improve your current profile. Gain skills in Professional, LinkedIn, Networking, and Organization.

Experimentation for Improvement

Experimentation for Improvement is a Data science course offered by McMaster University. It is taught in English for 13 hours, with subtitles in Spanish, English, and Portuguese (Brazilian). We are constantly using experiments to improve our lives, our community, and our work. How efficient are these? Or are we (incorrectly) changing one thing at a time and hoping for the best? In this course, learn how to plan efficient experiments via testing with many variables. The goal is to find the best results using only a few experiments. Thus, a key part of the course is system optimization. We employ the use of simple tools, starting with fast calculations by hand, then we move on to use of FREE software. The course comes with slides, transcripts of all lectures, subtitles, audio files, videos, source code, and a free textbook. Gain skills in Process Optimization, R Programming, Experimental Design, and Experiment.

SQL for Data Science

SQL for Data Science is Course 1 of 4 in the Learn SQL Basics for Data Science Specialization program offered by the University of California, Davis. It is taught for 15 hours in English, with subtitles in French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, English, and Spanish. The exponential increase in data collection means more need for people skilled in the use and interaction of data, which requires you to be well versed in SQL, the standard language for communicating with database systems. Learn the basics of SQL and working with data so that you can start analysis, begin to ask the right questions and come up with answers to deliver valuable insights for your organization. You’ll start to work with different types of data like strings and discuss methods to filter and pare down your results. You will also get practice using real-world programming assignments. Gain skills in Data Science, Data Analysis, Sqlite, and SQL.

The courses described above are free to audit, however they require a small fee to audit. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.