Free Courses from Self-Development to Sustainable Earth

Coursera Free Courses

By Amy Adams

Recently Conscious Life Space presented a free forever gratitude course because lifelong learning is an important value here. Unlike our self-paced course, there are many free and more formal courses offered online from formal institutions and universities that we can be grateful for as well! There are over 1000 free courses available on Coursera, and I’ve created a three-part series to share with you this week of interesting courses broken down by category including:

Self-Development

Sustainable Earth

Philiosophy & Religion

If you are searching for change or simply are enchanted by the idea of continuing to learn throughout your lifetime, then this is for you.Click To Tweet

There are courses from over 166 universities. Stanford, Yale, Northwestern amongst many others offer courses through this platform and YES they are FREE. Some offer paid certificates so you have that option as well but in the case that you don’t require or want that, simply choose to ‘audit’ the course. Most of the courses repeat throughout the year but not always and many of them are starting in the next week or 2.

Lifelong learning is especially important in our information age.Unless you don’t have an internet connection (some libraries pick-up the slack on that too) we really don’t have any excuses anymore.

If your skills are outdated, update them.
If you want to change careers, explore new fields find a course and test the waters.
Featured courses in the realm of self-development

The list is in no specific order and the descriptions below each course name are from Coursera.

Learning How to Learn and Mindshift are companion courses and can be taken together or separately. Both of them made the all-time Top 50 list of courses offered. Mindshift is more career focused, and Learning How to Learn is more learning focused.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, University of California, San Diego

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. If you’re already an expert, this peep under the mental hood will give you ideas for: turbocharging successful learning, including counter-intuitive test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets. If you’re struggling, you’ll see a structured treasure trove of practical techniques that walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you’ve ever wanted to become better at anything, this course will help serve as your guide.


Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential, McMaster University

Mindshift is designed to help boost your career and life in today’s fast-paced learning environment. Whatever your age or stage, Mindshift teaches you essentials such as how to get the most out of online learning and MOOCs, how to seek out and work with mentors, the secrets to avoiding career ruts (and catastrophes) and general ruts in life, and insights such as the value of selective ignorance over general competence. We’ll provide practical insights from science about how to learn and change effectively even in maturity, and we’ll build on what you already know to take your life’s learning in fantastic new directions. This course is designed to show you how to look at what you’re learning, and your place in what’s unfolding in the society around you, so you can be what you want to be, given the real world constraints that life puts on us all. You’ll see that by using certain mental tools and insights, you can learn and do more—far more—than you might have ever dreamed!


Another entry in the all-time Top 50

We all want to be happy….um or at least I think that’s a true statement.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment, Indian School of Business

What are the determinants of a happy and fulfilling life? This is surely one of life’s biggest questions, and a question that has interested many of our ancestors. Buddha famously gave up his kingdom in search of happiness. Several Greek philosophers (from Aristotle to Epicurus and Plato to Socrates) had their own views on what it takes to be happy. And of course, we all have our own theories about happiness too.

How valid are our theories? Until recently, if you wished for an answer to this question, you would’ve been forced to base it on discussions with spiritual leaders. Or, if you were lucky, you could’ve based it on late-night (and perhaps intoxicant-fueled) conversations with friends and family. Happily, all that has changed now. Over the past decade-and-a-half, scientists have gotten into the act big time. We now have a pretty good idea of what it takes to lead a happy and fulfilling life.


De-Mystifying Mindfulness, Leiden University

Interest in meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation has grown exponentially in recent years. Rather than being seen as mystical practices from ancient Buddhism or esoteric philosophy, they are increasingly seen as technologies rooted in evidence from psychology and neuroscience. Mindfulness has become the basis for numerous therapeutic interventions, both as a treatment in healthcare and as a means of enhancing well-being and happiness. For millions around the world, mindfulness has become a life-style choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. Mindfulness is big business.

But, what actually is mindfulness? Is it really good for you? Can anyone learn it? How can you recognize charlatans? Would you want to live in a mindful society, and would it smell like sandalwood? What does it feel like to be mindful? Are you mindful already, and how would you know?


Ignite Your Everyday Creativity, State University of New York

Creativity is an essential skill for the 21st Century that is innate in all people and can be nurtured. We constantly need new and better ideas for almost every aspect of our professional and personal lives. The goal of this course is to help you recognize, develop and act upon the creativity that you already possess. We will accomplish this using three methods: b aware, b inspired, and b creative.


I’m excited about these courses and the most difficult decision is which one to choose. I only have time for one at a time. What about you? Stay tuned for Part 2 of the series with a collection of courses on Sustainable Earth tomorrow and on Monday Part 3 featuring courses on Philosophy & Religion.

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