Upskill and Upgrade: Free Online Courses to Expand Your Knowledge

September 17, 2021

Find the opportunity in adversity.

While we are in unprecedented health and social crisis, it also offers a timely opportunity to those of us who have the luxury to do so.

It allows curious learners like yourself to further expand on your knowledge – both laterally and deeply.

Online resources and platforms have also started to open up access to many of their courses.

I too have seen a fair share of people sharing new, free courses available, almost daily.

But they are all scattered around the internet and it’s been hard to get a good view of all.

As such, I have consolidated a list of online courses you can take on for free! These courses cover a variety of topics, from SEO, photography, business, and many more.

This list is not exhaustive. If you know of any valuable resources that I have missed out, please let me know in the comments below and I will add them as soon as I can.

Pick and choose to your desire, and start learning!

General Courses

Class Central

Always wanted to study in the Ivy League? Here’s your chance. Explore free online courses from Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and many more.


Coursera is a household name, offering over 1400 courses completely free. But you had to pay for certifications if you’d like that extra recognition after completing the course.

But not now. From now till May 31st, you can even get the certifications for free. Courses range from philosophy to sustainability and many more.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn is a platform that allows us to connect and network with professionals all around the world. Did you also know that LinkedIn offers useful courses as well?

Find courses related to career strategies, mindfulness, among many others.


Teachable is a platform that allows course creators to create and sell courses online. For a limited time, you can also find a variety of courses made free-of-charge. Topics include cooking, business, videography, and more.

Marketing Courses

Google Skillshop

Let's start with Google marketing. With this platform, find various training courses and certifications for a range of Google marketing products and tools. Some certifications include Google Analytics and Google Ads.

Hubspot Academy

Find an extensive range of on-demand classes and courses, with topics ranging from sales to marketing. You can even get certifications to boost your resume.

Moz Academy

Moz is a SaaS company that builds SEO tools. As such, the courses they offer are specifically for SEO education. Learn SEO courses ranging from backlinks, keyword research, and many more. Find these courses in Moz Academy free, up till May 31st.


Ahrefs is a leading SEO tool startup that provides resources for businesses to improve their SEO results.
Learning about Content Marketing? They are also offering a free, 5-hour course that teaches you how you can use grow your blog, step-by-step.

Facebook Blueprint

Where better to learn Facebook advertising with a platform offered by Facebook? Learn the fundamentals of Facebook marketing and how Facebook advertising works here. While the lessons are free, the certification is not.


Appsumo is a deals website offering various apps and software at a huge discount to entrepreneurs. They even offer freebies once in a while.

They recently offered free Facebook ads and Google ads boot camps too. These are a must-have if you are looking to scale your business, or finding new customers.

Specific Courses

Is reading more always part of your resolutions, but never actually achieved it? Well, you’re not alone. You might then find this app useful, as it condenses leadership, sales, marketing and personal development books into summaries of less than 12 minutes.

Museum of Modern Art

Are you an art lover? Jump right into free courses from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Learn topics from Contemporary art to Fashion, right at any location you prefer.


Yes, you read that right! There is a course on the big majestic backdrops of nature. For a limited time, you can even get free certification upon completion.

Learn more about their origins, their biodiversity, and more!


Courses are covering an endless number of topics. Some help you improve your careers, while others are plain interesting.

Pick and choose what excites you and makes you happy. Don’t forget to also take time to rest, rejuvenate, and stay healthy.

Let’s make the best of this opportunity we have. Start investing in your knowledge, and reap benefits when in time to come.

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