Whether you are still a student, just graduated or have been working full-time for many years, you should never stop learning. Nowadays, many websites give you the opportunity to take real university classes for free - edX and Coursera, for example. You only have to pay if you want to receive a diploma certification (prices highly depending on which university provides the course, it is often around 100$).
If you are interested in learning about entrepreneurship, social development, social entrepreneurship, but don't know where to start, check out the list below.
User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship
What is it about? "We’ll let you in on a secret. Innovation isn’t confined inside the walls of research labs swarming with PhDs. More often than not, innovation is about ordinary people solving problems that matter to them personally. This could be you."
From: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action
What is it about? "Success in business can be greatly enhanced with an understanding of key entrepreneurial characteristics and competencies solutions. This interactive course provides potential entrepreneurs with the knowledge of succeeding in an entrepreneurial opportunity."
From: University of California, Irvine
What is it about? "Most people can come up with a business idea that looks good on paper, but how can you be sure your idea is going to fly? This business course will show you how to apply entrepreneurial thinking and provide you with the tools and frameworks to successfully identify and evaluate business opportunities and ideas."
Date: June 14th, 2016
From: University of Adelaide
The Age of Sustainable Development
What is it about? "The Age of Sustainable Development gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable."
From: Colombia University
Our Energy Future
What is it about? "This course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century – including food and fuels – which are inseparably linked – and will discuss energy production and utilization from the biology, engineering, economics, climate science, and social science perspectives. "
From: University of California, San Diego
Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities
What is it about? "This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Sustainable urban transformation refers to structural transformation processes – multi-dimensional and radical change – that can effectively direct urban development towards ambitious sustainability and climate goals."
Date: April 25th, 2016
From: Lund University
Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community
What is it about? "Ethical leadership is the critical appropriation and embodiment of traditions that have shaped the character and shared meanings of a people. Ethical leaders, therefore, are leaders whose characters have been shaped by the wisdom, habits and practices of particular traditions, often more than one, yet they tend to be identified with a particular cultural ethos and narrative. Finally, ethical leadership asks the question of values in reference to ultimate concern."
Date: May 24th, 2016
From: Boston University
Technological, Social, and Sustainable Systems
What is it about? "Understand the impact of technology on sustainability and society, using relevant historical examples and current issues in the news, and gain insight on the cultural frameworks within which ideas such as sustainability and different technologies are understood and evolve. You’ll also explore emerging technologies from the Industrial Revolution through present day, leading to a future that will be complex and challenging, and in many ways look like science fiction."
Date: June 6th, 2016
From: Arizona State University
Civic Ecology: Reclaiming Broken Places
What is it about? "The actions of ordinary people are often absent in studies of urban renewal and urban ecology. Around the world, people who are fed up with environmental degradation and the breakdown of their communities come together to transform blighted vacant lots, trashed-out stream corridors, polluted estuaries, and other “broken places.” "
Date: September 6th, 2016
From: Cornell University
Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies
What is it about? "Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies aims to engage students in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of complex health problems throughout the world, with an illustrative focus on South Asia. Students will become acquainted with prior attempts to address these problems, to identify points of opportunity for smart entrepreneurial efforts, and to propose and develop their own candidate solutions."
Date: That is an archived course, you can access it however you will not be able to receive a certification & some content might be missing.
From: Harvard University
Creativity, Innovation, and Change
What is it about? "In 2013 and 2014, over 200,000 people from more than 190 countries came together in this MOOC to explore creativity, innovation, and change. We discovered creative uniqueness through Creative Diversity. We used Intelligent Fast Failure to build innovative skills. We applied CENTER principles to drive personal change. And we implemented value creation skills to initiate lasting change."
From: The Pennsylvania State University
OTHER COOL, SELF-PACED COURSES:
HEC Paris is providing a course on the European Union - pretty great for those (like me!) who are curious about the role of Europe in global development
I would totally advise on taking "CS50", the Harvard University course on Computer Science (it is an introductory class, you do not need to be a computer genius to take it)
I am thinking about taking the series of Astrophysics classes of the Australian National University, just to satisfy my never-ending curiosity about the mysteries of the universe, but I'm scared to not have enough "basic knowledge" in Physics (my last class was back in 2009...)
What do you think? Have you ever tried to take an online class on edX or Coursera? I really love to be able to study courses from Harvard, MIT, or other universities from around the world!