10 Interesting Udemy Courses You Should Know About

udemy courses educationUdemy’s recent redesign got me excited to dive into the platform and see what it really had to offer. While browsing, I found myself overwhelmed by two things. First, there are a lot of courses on getting rich quick. I guess any new platform that’s gaining popularity is going to be littered with this kind of stuff. So I chose to ignore it and instead focus on the second thing that caught my attention: interesting real-world education lessons.

From Mark Zuckerberg to Nicole Hennig’s recommended apps for librarians, there’s an array of topics on Udemy that are perfect for anyone looking to do some high quality online learning. I’ve identified just a few of my favorite courses after looking through the catalog.

Some are free, some aren’t, I didn’t want to put the prices on the listing for fear of scaring you away. After all, if a course interests you, wouldn’t you at least like to learn more rather than ignoring it because it costs some cold hard cash?

Marissa Mayer’s New Product Development Process

Marissa Mayer is the CEO of Yahoo! and the former Google Vice President of Search Products & User Experience. She believes that ideas for new products to develop come from everywhere – every employee, every department, from both necessity and serendipity. By creating an environment where ideas can be freely exercised, like a muscle, they will likely get more toned and more in tune with the organization’s circulation.

Product Development at Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg

In this Stanford series lecture from 2005, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, shares his thoughts on product development and user experience.

Reinventing School – A Design Thinking Challenge

Mission: Encourage life-long learning, promote alternative learning environments and equip you with 21st Century skills.

The Reinventing School challenge is hands on, encourages discussion of the issues facing learners today and empowers young people, teachers and other members of the community to come up with solutions and share them for all to benefit.

Google Earth for Educators

Google Earth for Educators is aimed at K-12 and Higher Ed teachers and administrators who would like simple, real world ways to implement Google Earth in their classes.

If you’re not already using Google Earth in your class, or you think that Google Earth won’t fit into your subject’s curriculum, you need to take this course. Google Earth is an amazing tool that every educator needs to be using right now.

How To Create A Udemy Course

Welcome to Udemy! If you’re a new instructor (or a seasoned one looking for new tips), you’re in the right place! Hosted by Udemy’s Instructor Liaison Alex Mozes, we’ll be updating the course regularly with basic-to-advanced information on how to be the best Udemy instructor you can be.

Energy Economics and the Environment

Energy use and its impact on the environment will be two of the most important issues of the 21st century. The large role of energy in geo-political relationships combined with the fact that most of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with global climate change come from energy production means the energy sector is poised for dramatic change, and thus great opportunity. This course is designed to be a primer for potential entrepreneurs, investors, managers and policy makers on energy and environmental issues.

Topics will include environmental economics, energy economics, environmental ethics, oil sector, the electricity sector, alternative energy, sustainability, climate change and climate policy.

Darden School of Business Entrepreneurship Course

This category of videos focuses on entrepreneurship programs and thought leadership at the Darden School as well as through the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, one of Darden’s ‘Centers of Excellence’.

What is game theory? Why should we study it? Game Theory 101 is a free introductory course to the basics of game theory. Over the course of the next few dozen videos, we will learn about strict dominance, iterated elimination of strictly dominated strategies, pure strategy Nash equilibrium, mixed strategy Nash equilibrium, the mixed strategy algorithm, weak dominance, backward induction, subgame perfect equilibrium, comparative statics, and more.

Don’t worry about math prerequisites–as long as you have minimal experience with high school algebra, you will be able to grasp the first 95% of the course. Game theory is logically demanding, but its mathematics are mostly straightforward.

Apps for Librarians & Educators

Smartphones are everywhere and there is an explosion of apps for productivity, research, reading, and studying. Librarians can better serve their communities by having expertise in mobile technologies.  Learn about the best apps for library users, including Evernote, Dropbox, Instapaper, iBooks, Kindle, Stanza, and GoodReader.

Each week we focus on a category, such as e-reading, productivity, research, or multimedia. The course combines video lectures, reading, and discussion. We also discuss the future of apps vs. mobile web, and using apps for content creation.

To follow along with the video demos, you need an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. By the end you will have materials, knowledge, and inspiration… enough to prepare you to offer your own workshop for users at your library.

Classics of American Literature: T. S. Eliot

The central purpose of this course is to facilitate a better understanding of poems by T. S. Eliot.  We will focus mainly on classic works such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and The Hollow Men, but we may also take up some less prominent poems as well.  Toward this end we shall also consider some aspects of Eliot’s biography, his literary criticism, and the cultural backdrop of his times.  Our final objective will be to clarify not only Eliot’s poems but the revolution in twentieth century poetry largely attributed to Eliot and his cohort Ezra Pound.