Trending online courses in business, data science, tech, and health
With more world-class content launching every week, there are always new topics to explore, new skills to learn, and new ways to achieve your goals. These latest courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, and MasterTrack Certificates cover everything from AI, blockchain, and cybersecurity, to contact tracing, social work, and UX design. What will you learn next?
Financial technology (FinTech) is changing the way we think about financial services, and with blockchain technology serving as an encryption base for a variety of applications, understanding its use and limitations is a critical skill for FinTech leaders across industries. In this program, you will complete a real module from Duke University’s Master of Engineering in Financial Technology program. Through these courses, you’ll explore the history, current environment, and near-term outlook of FinTech, focusing on applications of blockchain technology.
Excel Fundamentals for Data Analysis from Macquarie University
The ability to quickly and accurately analyze data is an essential skill in today’s digital economy. Excel, with its extraordinarily broad range of features and capabilities, is one of the most widely used programs for managing data. Upon completing the course, you’ll be able to use a range of Excel tools and functions to clean and prepare data for analysis, automate data analysis with the help of named ranges and tables, and use logical and lookup functions to transform, link, and categorize data.
Managing Supply Chain Disruption During COVID-19 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In this course, you will learn about why and how supply chains become susceptible to a disruption. You’ll examine this by discussing supply-side and demand-side issues, as well as primary supply chain flows, complexity, risk management and a combination of solid theoretical supply chain perspectives and current real-world stories. You will also learn about the structural, relational, and operational factors that come into play during a supply chain disruption and the mechanisms for the effective management of these factors. You’ll enhance your understanding through examples from manufacturing and health contexts, and the PPE supply chain disruption during COVID-19.
In this Specialization, you’ll come to understand the overall focus areas for business leaders considering AI-based solutions for business challenges. The first course provides a business-oriented summary of technologies and basic concepts in AI. The second introduces technologies and concepts in data science. In the third course, you’ll learn about the AI Ladder, which is a framework for understanding the work and processes that are necessary for the successful deployment of AI-based solutions.
AI & Machine Learning MasterTrack Certificate from Arizona State University
In this program, you’ll complete a real module from ASU’s online Master of Computer Science program that will help you understand artificial intelligence through a combination of theory and practice. Across a series of interactive lectures and team-based projects, you’ll explore how machines learn in the form of learning paradigms, and discover how to create autonomous agents that can reason, learn, and act on their own. You’ll also learn how to train and optimize deep neural networks.
Upon completion of these courses, you’ll have a strong understanding of the techniques used by practitioners in the field of AI, which will enable you to advance your career in AI, work more effectively on machine learning projects, and identify new opportunities for how you can apply AI.
AI for Medicine Specialization from deeplearning.ai
AI is transforming the practice of medicine. It’s helping doctors diagnose patients more accurately, make predictions about patients’ future health, and recommend better treatments. In this three-course Specialization, you’ll gain practical experience in applying machine learning to concrete problems in medicine.
Natural Language Processing Specialization from deeplearning.ai
Upon successful completion of this Specialization, you’ll be ready to design Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications that can perform question-answering and sentiment analysis, create tools to translate languages and summarize text, and even build chatbots. These and other NLP applications are going to be at the forefront of the coming transformation to an AI-powered future, and this Specialization offers an ideal way to start mastering these transformational skills.
This Specialization is designed and taught by two experts in NLP, machine learning, and deep learning. Younes Bensouda Mourri, an Instructor of AI at Stanford University,helped build the Deep Learning Specialization, and Łukasz Kaiser, a Staff Research Scientist at Google Brain, is also the co-author of Tensorflow, the Tensor2Tensor and Trax libraries, and the Transformer paper.
Cybersecurity MasterTrack Certificate from Arizona State University
In this program, you’ll complete a real module from the online Master of Computer Science program that will help you understand the field of cybersecurity through the lens of computer systems and algorithms. You’ll learn to protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation through protection, detection, and reaction practices.
Software Engineering MasterTrack Certificate from Arizona State University
Software engineering is needed in every industry and focuses on the application of techniques that ensure the successful completion of high-quality products. Following a software process ensures that the final product is maintainable, reliable, and scalable.
In this program, you’ll work on real-world projects to apply software development concepts to blockchain technology, test software to validate sustainability of smart mobile applications, predict software reliability using operational profiles, and practice software architecture and design principles.
A growing number of exciting, well-paying jobs in today’s security industry do not require a college degree. In this 8-course Professional Certificate program, you’ll gain the technical skills necessary to become job-ready for a cybersecurity analyst role. Instructional content and labs will introduce you to concepts including network security, endpoint protection, incident response, threat intelligence, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment.
AWS Fundamentals Specialization from Amazon Web Services
In this Specialization, current and aspiring IT professionals can get an overview of the features, benefits, and capabilities of Amazon Web Services (AWS). As you proceed through these four interconnected courses, you’ll gain a more vivid understanding of core AWS services and key AWS security concepts, as well as strategies for migrating from on-premises to AWS, and the basics of building serverless applications with AWS. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to practice what you have learned by completing labs and exercises developed by AWS technical instructors.
From 0 to N: Architecting on Alibaba Cloud Specialization from Alibaba Cloud Academy
This Specialization is intended for business professionals who aim to learn more about how cloud technology can help their organizations grow. Course materials include step-by-step demos that will take you from theory to practice, showing you how to build solutions for your business’s needs. You’ll then dive deeper into analyzing and displaying large sets of information while using machine learning and AI algorithms to increase the value of data sets.
The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.
In this introductory course, you’ll gain the skills needed to be a contact tracer, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities.
Population Health During A Pandemic: Contact Tracing and Beyond from the University of Houston
The global effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic have disproportionately affected certain regions and population groups. This course provides an overview of the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 and presents contact tracing as a tool to mitigate the spread of the disease. Contact tracers are critically needed to help state and local health departments, particularly in large and diverse states such as Texas.
Health Systems Development Specialization from Imperial College London
In this Specialization, you’ll get a holistic view of health systems and learn about the importance of a horizontal approach to health system investment in order to achieve better health outcomes. You’ll also gain new insight into a range of disciplines including organizational behavior, health policy, information systems, and human resources, in order to strengthen your capacity to think as an effective health leader.
Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life: Living for What Matters Most from the University of Michigan
In this new course taught by an award-winning pioneer in the field of behavioral science, you’ll learn how science, philosophy, and practice all play a role in both finding your purpose and living a purposeful life. You’ll learn how to define what matters most to you and the concrete steps you can take to improve your long-term happiness.
Learning How to Learn in Spanish (Aprendiendo a Aprender) from IE Business School
Con el propósito de desarrollar habilidades y herramientas mentales que favorecen el aprendizaje, Aprendiendo a Aprender busca ayudar a los participantes a dominar temas complejos y difíciles; además de motivarlos a continuar aprendiendo a lo largo de la vida.
UX Design MasterTrack Certificate from the University of Minnesota
User experience is an in-demand field where successful practitioners need to have a holistic understanding of the design process. In this program, you’ll complete a real module from the University of Minnesota’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Graduate program. Through these courses, you’ll gain both artful and scientific skills for conducting, implementing, and evaluating user experience design and research.
At the culmination of the program, you’ll apply your new career skills by designing a proposal and developing a user experience product for your organization or interests. Your UX Design MasterTrack Certificate will serve as a pathway to the associated Human Factors or Ergonomics Graduate Programs at the University of Minnesota.
Sustainability and Development MasterTrack Certificate from the University of Michigan
Sustainability and development pose unprecedented challenges as human societies grow and seek to ensure future well-being and prosperity. In this program, you’ll complete courses that will earn you credit towards the University of Michigan’s Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability if you’re admitted to the program. Through these courses, you’ll learn how to address sustainability and development challenges with actionable knowledge that empowers you to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MasterTrack Certificate from the University of Michigan
In this program, you’ll complete a series of practice-focused modules from the University of Michigan’s Master of Social Work. You’ll learn the skills you need to empower individuals, families, communities, and organizations to meet their needs and create positive change. You will gain a greater understanding of social work practice, the history and impact of policy on key social services, and the research that supports effective practice.
High Stakes Leadership: Leading in Times of Crisis from the University of Michigan
Learn how to effectively navigate the challenges of significant organizational disruptions in this leadership course. You’ll discover why an understanding of various stakeholder perspectives can inform and dramatically improve your response to events that threaten an organization’s survival. This course is also about understanding and developing individual and organizational resilience—the ability to anticipate potential threats; to cope effectively with adverse events when they occur; and to adapt to changing conditions, ensuring a viable path forward for yourself, your team, and your organization.
Foundations of Mindfulness from Rice University
Gain a broad overview of the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of mindfulness. With interactive exercises to help you explore your attitudes, mental habits, and behaviors, Foundations of Mindfulness offers a pathway for living with more freedom, authenticity and ease. Featured components of the course include experiential exercises, guided meditations, personal reflection and interactive discussions.
Research Design: Inquiry and Discovery from the University of North Texas
Learn how to ask good questions and discover their answers in this introductory course. You’ll cover topics like the basis of human curiosity, development of questions, connections between questions, and approaches to information-gathering design, sampling, reporting, and the ethics of inquiry projects. You’ll focus on approaches used in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, psychology, anthropology), but the course will also discuss how others (e.g., natural scientists, business analysts) might approach the inquiry process.
Design of Experiments Specialization from Arizona State University
In this Specialization, you’ll learn modern experimental strategy, including factorial and fractional factorial experimental designs, designs for screening many factors, designs for optimization experiments, and designs for complex experiments such as those with hard-to-change factors and unusual responses. You’ll additionally cover modern data analysis techniques and software for experimental design. Applications include electronics and semiconductors, automotive and aerospace, chemical and process industries, pharmaceutical and bio-pharm, medical devices, and many others.
Whether you’re at the beginning of your career journey or looking to enhance your skillset to make a mid-career transition, you’ll find ample opportunities to gain new knowledge across these new offerings, and depending on your life and career goals, you’ll can choose from a range of learning experiences to find the courses and programs that are right for you.
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