Are free online courses worth it?

Time is precious to most of us which is probably why you’re asking: are free online courses worth it? The answer is that some are worth your time and effort, others aren’t. That sounds like a cop out, so let’s have a look at the courses that are worth spending time on.

Udacity: Introduction to Statistics

Okay, agreed this one doesn’t sound too exciting but if you’re into this sort of thing then the course found at udacity.com is really good. Stats and data analysis aren’t just something you see on Sky’s Monday Night Football, this is the basis of business so being able to analyse data successfully could help you if you’re considering branching out on your own or pursuing a career within finance.

Wharton/Coursera: An Introduction To Financial Accounting

This is a 10 week course that will give you a really good grounding in finance. If you’re considering moving to a finance position, you could do far worst that taking this course which is found at coursera.org. You’ll need to dedicate 6 to 8 hours a week for this one but you’ll end up understand what the balance sheet is about, balance sheet and that cash flow is the lifeblood of any business.

Wharton/Coursera: An Introduction to Marketing

Head to the same website for a course on Marketing if that’s the area you’re interested in. Again you’ll need to dedicate 6 to 8 hours a week on this course but the subject is fully covered in 9 weeks. A business background would help but you don’t need any formal qualification to get onto this course.

MIT/EdX: Introduction to Biology

This course takes 14 weeks to complete and you’ll need to dedicate 12 hours a week to it. You’ll find out all you need to know about the course at edx.org. This is basically the same biology class taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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