Learning in lockdown: The best free courses

Colleges, universities and adult education centres may be closed for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue learning. A whole host of companies, colleges and universities are releasing free content to keep you busy during quarantine.

Take a look at the categories below and choose something interesting to learn about...


Understanding Shakespeare’ from Oxford University

Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature’ from Harvard University


Bioethics’ from Oxford University

Adaptation to Climate Change’ from Cambridge University

COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus’ from Future Learn


The Elements of Drawing’ from Oxford University

The Architectural Imagination’ from Harvard University

Digital Photography’ from Stanford University


Demographic Trends and Problems of the Modern World’ from Oxford University


Building a Business’ from Oxford University

Sales Strategies: Mastering the Selling Process’ from University of Chicago


Marxism’ from Cambridge University

Computer Science

Learning Machines’ from Caltech


Global History Lab’ from Princeton University

Greek and Roman Mythology’ from University of Pennsylvania


Duolingo’ splits language learning into small interactive challenges. You can choose your own path and unlock rewards. Plus, it’s free to use, with ads.

HelloTalk’ is a free way to learn a language by talking to native speakers around the world.

Explore free courses for yourself

Coursera’ provides free access to over 3,800 courses from the world’s leading universities and companies – try everything from Cryptography at Stanford University, to IT Automation at Google.

Got lots of time and don’t mind paying?

There are a lot of courses that you can pay for and potentially get qualifications from. Check out the websites below to see what you could learn next:

Udemy – Over 100,000 online video courses with new additions published every month.

Open University – Choose from over 200 qualifications and 400 modules.

We hope these resources are a great starting point for whatever you’re looking to learn.

Good luck!

  • SMARTY Team
  • April 7th, 2020