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215 free online university courses that start in January

215 free online university courses that start in January

We will not be short of options when looking for online courses this coming year, since January comes with an incredible range of proposals. We will find more than 200 free courses taught by international universities as well as different educational platforms in the compilation that we share below.

If we want more information about any of the suggested courses, we just have to go to the link that accompanies it to take us directly to the corresponding platform.

In Spanish

Social Network Administrator (Community Manager)(Galileo University)It introduces by way of introduction the skills and competencies expected of who wants to perform in this role.

Personal Learning Environments for Teacher Professional Development (INTEF)An interesting proposal that allows us to interact with other teachers and analyze the potential of PLE for development as educators.

Parasitic zoonoses: parasites from animals to man(CEU Cardenal Herrera University)It introduces in the basic concepts of parasitic zoonosis, as well as the analysis of the main routes of contagion to take preventive measures.

New challenges in Human Language Technologies (University of Alicante)It introduces in the analysis of the TLH, in a tour of its resources, applications and opportunities it generates in different sectors, among other topics.

The human resources function in Non-Profit Entities. Competency management(UNED)For those who wish to analyze HR management based on competencies, within the framework of non-profit entities.

Update: The Universitat Jaume I begins to offer online courses, here are those of this month.

Update 2: Here we have 21 new courses in Spanish starting this month.

In english


Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques (Match Teacher Residency)A 4-week course focused on the challenges that teachers starting the profession have to face, and how to overcome them.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction (Commonwealth Education Trust)This course is part of an eight-part program that aims to help educators play their role responsibly and professionally.

Student Thinking at the Core(Vanderbilt University)How educators can use classroom interaction to develop an educational setting based on the needs of their students.

Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom (UC Irvine)An interesting proposal for those educators interested in implementing ICT in education.

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 3 – Science Content Survey (RICE University)It is the third part of this program aimed at improving the skills of science educators.

History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education(Duke University)Analyze the educational system with a view to encouraging a change in higher education.

Teaching Adult Learners (Central TAFE)It discusses how to create an ideal learning environment, and the role that technology plays in new educational trends.

Badge 101: The Discovery of Badging (Accreditrust)How badge integration helps engage students with their learning.

Becoming a Confident Trainer (TafeSA)How to create a productive learning environment by developing different skills as a teacher.

Early Childhood Education (Gowrie Victoria)Analyze the early years of children and how to implement an education plan to enhance their development.

Education in a Changing World (Open Study)The role of education in society, and its current state.

Deeper Learning 101(High Tech High)A nine-week course that encourages the implementation of new learning strategies.

Becoming a Dynamic Educator (BGSU)An interesting option for family members with new educational trends.

Similar proposals:

Teaching Library Research Strategies (Canvas) K-12 Blended & Online Learning (Kennesaw State University) MOOC: Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession (Colorado State University) Administration of adult and higher education (University of Oklahoma) New School Creation (High Tech High)

Computer science

Computer Networks (University of Washington)Through different contents and practical exercises the foundations of computer networks are analyzed.

Introduction to Computer Science (Harvard) It is a basic course that does not require previous knowledge where algorithms, programming languages, web development, among other topics will be seen.

Cryptography I(Stanford)Analyze how cryptographic primitives work and how to implement that knowledge.

Networking: Introduction to Computer Networking (Stanford)Analyze how the internet works.Algorithms, Part I (Princeton University)It is recommended to have previous knowledge in Java to study this introduction to algorithms and data structures.

Bioinformatic Methods I(University of Toronto)An introduction to bioinformatics tools and strategies.

Introduction to Databases (Stanford)With a very complete agenda and a lot of interactive content, this course allows us to focus on the aspects that we consider relevant to our learning.

Introduction to Cybersecurity (Excelsior College) It is a tour of the different factors that involve cybersecurity, from its rules and prevention techniques to the analysis of the most common cyber attacks.

Information Theory (Chinese University of Hong Kong)Raymond W. Yeung analyzes the first eleven chapters of his book Information Theory and Network Coding

Unpredictable? Randomness, Chance and Free Will(National University of Singapore)An interdisciplinary course that focuses on randomness from different perspectives.

Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital (Duke University) Analyzes the process of image and video processing

Concepts in Game Development (Swinburne University of Technology)Analyze basic concepts and the different stages in game development.

Artificial Intelligence Planning (University of Edinburgh)A general analysis by artificial intelligence, focusing on automatic planning.

Control of Mobile Robots (Georgia Institute of Technology)How to control mobile robots following different methods based on control theory.

Mobile Robotics (Swinburne University)A tour of the world of mobile robots.

MongoDB University brings two proposals for developers: M101J: MongoDB for Java Developers and M101JS: MongoDB for Node.js Developers

Similar proposals:

Embedded Systems – Shape The World (University of Texas at Austin) Discrete Inference and Learning in Artificial Vision(Cole Centrale Paris)Power and elegance of computational thinking(University of Oklahoma)

Statistics and data analysis

Computational Methods for Data Analysis(University of Washington)A tour of the methods of exploratory data analysis.

Computing for Data Analysis (Johns Hopkins University) This course focuses on the development of basic programming (R) knowledge for the implementation of statistical methods.

StatLearning: Statistical Learning (Stanford)Cross validation, generalized additive models, SVMs, discriminant analysis, are some of the topics that will be analyzed in this course.


Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems(University of Maryland)It is the first part of a series of courses coordinated by different universities. This time, focusing on programming Android applications.

Web Engineering II: Developing Mobile HTML5 Apps (Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen)How to develop a mobile web application.

Heterogeneous Parallel Programming (University of Illinois)An introduction to parallel programming for heterogeneous systems with a tour of OpenACC, OpenCL, C ++ AMP.

Another option: Introduction to computer programming (University of Oklahoma)


Exploring Engineering (Brown University Continuing Education)It provides an overview of the different fields of Engineering.

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (RICE University) Provides the foundation for those who wish to venture into Electrical Engineering.

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Laboratory (RICE University) This course complements the previous one, but with a practical analysis forming laboratory groups among the students.

Mining Engineering (Newcastle University)An introduction to Mining Engineering.

Linear Circuits(Georgia Institute of Technology)It is an ideal basic course for those who wish to acquire knowledge in electrical circuits.

Another option: Physical geology for science and engineering majors (University of Oklahoma)

Economy and Finance

The Power of Microeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real Worl (UC Irvine)Through different interactive presentations, the principles of microeconomics will be analyzed and how to apply them in different situations.

Microeconomics Principles (University of Illinois)This course presents three versions, of 4, 8 and 16 weeks to choose a study plan that suits our criteria.

The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World(UC Irvine)A tour of the fundamental concepts of macroeconomics.

Game Theory II: Advanced Applications (Stanford) Through different content and online games, we will analyze how to apply game theory.

Financial Engineering and Risk Management Part II (Columbia University) Following the line of the first part, the main aspects of Financial Engineering will be analyzed through real examples.

Monte Carlo Methods in Finance (Autonomous University of Madrid) With a very interesting approach, different aspects will be analyzed, for example, the Negro-Scholes model, applying the Monte Carlo method, valuation of shares by simulation, among others.

Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis(Stanford)Through different studies, he analyzes the impact of social networks on marketing.

Diagnosing the Financial Health of a Business (MGSM) How to interpret a company’s financial reports to detect future problems.

The Age of Sustainable Development (Columbia University)An introduction to sustainable development, as well as the different factors involved.

Similar proposals:

Financial Literacy (Macquarie University)Financial Planning (TAFE NSW) Principles of Economics with Calculus (California Institute of Technology)Intro to Accounting (BYU-Hawaii)

Business and Management

Whats Your Big Idea? (University of North Carolina)Based on the experience of a group of important entrepreneurs, we will analyze how to turn an idea into a profitable business.

Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization (Northwestern University)Factors to consider when implementing content marketing.

Critical Perspectives on Management (IE Business School)Analyze different models of management strategies.

Foundations of Business Strategy (University of Virginia)How to develop a strategic analysis, analyzing different real cases.

Big Data for Better Performance (Open Study)Analyze the importance of Big Data in marketing

Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I (University of Virginia)It focuses on the challenges that a company has to face in its growth stages

Gamification (University of Pennsylvania)Discuss the social impact of gamification and how to use it effectively in our marketing strategy.

Introduction to Business in Asia (University) GriffithIt establishes a cultural and social context to understand the business scenario of this region.

Innovation for Powerful Outcomes Analyzes a series of factors and tools to develop innovation strategies.

Introduction to Enterprise Architecture (Enterprise Architects)How the business architecture helps to establish and achieve strategic objectives.

Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power (MGSM)How to develop effective leadership.

Principles of Project Management (Polytechnic West)Analyze the steps to follow in a project management.

Strategic Management (Open Study)Analyze the principles of strategic management, as well as the most common mistakes in developing it.

Online Advertising (Open Study)A tour of the different elements of the online advertising industry.

Sports and Recreation Management (TAFE NSW)Analyze business opportunities within the sports industry.

Similar proposals:

Entrepreneurship and Family Business (RMIT University) Subsistence Marketplaces (University of Illinois)Necessity Entrepreneurship (Fanshawe College)Fundamentals of Global Energy Business (University of Colorado)

Biology and Life Sciences

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution(Duke University)It introduces in the basic concepts of Biology, as a previous to more advanced courses.

Useful Genetics Part 2(University of British Columbia)Following the same line as the first part, this course analyzes genetic diversity to understand different situations and circumstances in real life.

Computational Neuroscience (University of Washington)Analyze the computational methods used to understand the functioning of the nervous system.

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology (University of Alberta)For those who like paleobiology courses, this is an excellent proposal with interactive presentations and exceptional content.

Computational Molecular Evolution (DTU)It is necessary to have knowledge of Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics to be able to follow the content of this course.

Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (University of Edinburgh) An introduction to astrobiology.

Human Evolution: Past and Future (University of Wisconsin)An extensive tour of evolutionary theory, and how its study opens a series of speculations about future changes and events.

Becoming Human: Anthropology (Macquarie University)Another proposal that follows the line of evolutionary theory.

Critical Thinking in Global Challenges (University of Edinburgh)How to develop critical thinking when analyzing different current issues.

Another option: Practical importance of human evolution (University of Oklahoma)

Medicine / Health

Drugs and the Brain(California Institute of Technology)It analyzes, from neuroscience, how drugs affect the nervous system, and scientific advances apply this knowledge in the prevention of certain diseases.

Medical Neuroscience (Duke University)Analyze the foundations of functional neuroanatoma and its interpretation to understand different behavioral disorders

How Viruses Cause Disease(Columbia University)Analyze the development of a viral disease, as well as different prevention strategies.

Child Nutrition and Cooking 2.0 (Stanford)After examining the problem of childhood obesity, analyze the different factors to consider in a healthy diet.

Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights (Vanderbilt University)Analyze the basics of nutrition to evaluate our eating plan.

Statistical Reasoning for Public Health: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation (Johns Hopkins University)Discuss some of the statistical methods used in the field of health.

Introduction to Pharmacy (Ohio State University)A tour of the pharmaceutical profession: its history, evolution and ethical issues involved.

Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals (University of California)Analyze the process and methods applied in scientific research.

Disaster Preparedness (University of Pittsburgh)Taking into account the Mitigation Phase, students will be helped to develop a personal disaster plan.

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health (UNC)From epidemiology, he analyzes the condition of public health worldwide.

The Human Body as a Machine (Flinders University)The functioning of the human body.

Understanding Common Diseases (Wollongong University)Analyze four common diseases to exemplify how the human body works.

Your Body in the World: Adapting to Your Next Big Adventure (Stanford)It shows the functioning of the body before different situations, with a very ingenious dynamics.

Mobile Health Without Borders (Stanford)The role of mobile technology in health care will be analyzed through different speakers.

Inside cancer: how genes influence cancer development (University of Bath)How Genetics Influences Cancer Development.

Good brain, bad brain: basics (University of Birmingham)Analyze the functioning of the human brain.

Introductory Human Physiology (Duke University)A tour of nine of the eleven organ systems of the human body.

Introduction to Nursing in Healthcare (Open Study) Discusses different eating disorders and how to design a healthy diet program.

Similar proposals:

Midwifery (Newcastle University)Food for Thought (McGill)An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health (Johns Hopkins University)Health for All Through Primary Health Care (Johns Hopkins University) Food, Nutrition & Your Health (Open Study) Emergency Management (Massey University)

social Sciences

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice(Leiden University)Divided into three parts, this course analyzes terrorism taking into account different contexts.

Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat (University of Maryland)For seven weeks terrorism will be analyzed from different perspectives.

China (Part 2): The Creation and End of a Centralized Empire (Harvard)A journey through the history of China in its cultural, social and political context to understand its current position.

How to Change the World (Wesleyan University)Taking the concepts from New York’s Social Good Summit, it looks at how technology and innovation can help meet global challenges.

Introduction to Psychology as a Science(Georgia Institute of Technology)Through resources taken from Carnegie Mellon University, a tour of the fundamentals of Psychology will be made.

Foundations of Psychology (RMIT University)How psychology studies and understands human behavior.

Introduction to Communication Science (University of Amsterdam)A journey through the history of Communication Sciences, evolution and its connection with other disciplines.

Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences (Rutgers University)Analyze the different beliefs about the soul

Latin American Migration (Ohio State University)Analyzes from a social, cultural and economic context the causes of Latin American migration to the United States.

Was Alexander Great? The Life, Leadership, and Legacies of Historys Greatest Warrior (Wellesley College)A journey through the life of Alexander the Great, analyzing his leadership and personality.

Understanding the Origins of Crime (University Griffith)Based on the natural selection process, criminal conduct will be analyzed

Astronomy: Discovering the Universe (Curtin University)The evolution of the universe and the role of new technologies in great scientific discoveries.

Similar proposals:

Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand (Massey University)Natives peoples of Oklahoma(University of Oklahoma)Introduction to forensic science (University of Strathclyde)Civil rights and civil liberties ((University of Oklahoma)Sociology (UWS) / Introduction to Sociology (University of Oklahoma)


Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future(University of Florida)Energy consumption patterns are analyzed taking different criteria, as well as possible solutions to the current problem.

Energy, the Environment, and Our Future(Pennsylvania State University)The instructor for this course is none other than Richard Alley, one of the great leaders in research on climate change.

Climate Change in Four Dimensions(University of California)Analyze climate change from different disciplines, with the integration of practical collaborative works.

Climate Change (Macquarie University)Examine climate change, its current and future consequences.

Introduction to Sustainability (University of Illinois)Sustainability: a Comprehensive Foundation is the textbook of this course that covers the different aspects of sustainability.

Energy 101(Georgia Institute of Technology)A tour of the current energy panorama from different angles.

How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment(Northwestern)An introduction to LCA, an evaluation tool to determine the impact on the environment of a product, technology, service, etc.

Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4C Warmer World Must be Avoided (World Bank)The study of different scientific studies analyzes the future consequences of climate change.

Climate change: challenges and solutions (University of Exeter) Analyze the changes and possible solutions that can be implemented to avoid the latent consequences of climate change.

Agriculture and the World We Live In (Massey University)The role agriculture plays in the world population and the challenges it presents.

Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing 21st Century Water Challenges (Colorado State University)The challenges in terms of water supply and the future consequences

Similar proposals:

Water in a Thirsty World (Open Study)Intro to Sustainability (Ecotech Institute)Sustainability, society and you (University of Nottingham)Applied Sustainability(Fanshawe College)Introduction to water(University of Oklahoma)


Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition (National University of Singapore) Through lectures and evaluations the different nuances of the composition of classical music will be analyzed.

World music (James Cook University)An invitation to explore the musical culture of our community.

Introduction to the Music Business (Berklee College of Music)It examines all the factors and challenges that the music industry is undertaking today.

Similar Suggestions: What is Music ?: Finding Your Song (University of South Florida)Critical listening for studio production (Queens University of Belfast)Jazz Appreciation (University of Texas at Austin)


Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 2(Johns Hopkins University)It is recommended to have completed the first part of this series to continue the analysis of this branch of statistics.

Calculus: Single Variable (University of Pennsylvania)A journey through the analysis of differential and integral calculus and its application in different disciplines.

Games without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory (Georgia Institute of Technology)With a university level of mathematics, he analyzes the structure of the games, based on the theory of combinatorial games.

Calculus One (University Ohio State)It is a basic course aimed at those who do not have knowledge of differential and integral calculus, with a totally practical approach.

An Introduction to Functional Analysis (Cole Centrale Paris)Risk Representation Theorem, Lax-Milgram Theorem, Lp spaces, Sobolev space, are some of the aspects that are analyzed in this introductory course to Functional Analysis.

Similar proposals:

Convex Optimization (Stanford)Linear Algebra – Foundations to Frontiers (University of Texas at Austin)Effective Thinking Through Mathematics (University of Texas at Austin)Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos (SFI)


Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)Analyze modern mysticism from a psychological point of view.

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue(Duke University)How to analyze different arguments to develop your own criteria.

Moralities of Everyday Life (Yale University)With much additional material, he discusses the psychological foundations of moral issues.

The Modern World: Global History since 1760 (University of Virginia)Through weekly videos different periods of history are analyzed, in different contexts.

Roman Architecture (Yale University)With more than 1500 images and different multimedia content, Roman architecture is covered.

Early Renaissance Architecture in Italy: from Alberti to Bramante (University of Rome La Sapienza)Analyze different famous examples of Renaissance architecture.

Designing Resilient Schools (Open Online Academy)The proposal is to generate design ideas for the architecture of places like resistant community centers. In this case taking into account the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

History of the Slave South (University of Pennsylvania)Slavery in US history, from the beginning of the 17th century.

The Modern and the Postmodern (Wesleyan University)With different types of suggested reading to understand the historical and cultural context, the development of modernism will be analyzed.

Sports and Society(Duke University)Taking two popular sports as an example, he analyzes their influence on society.

Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgment Aggregation and Fair Division (University of Maryland)Introduction to different voting methods.

Introduction to Philosophy (University of Edinburgh)With the participation of eight philosophers, some relevant questions of contemporary philosophy will be analyzed.

Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul (Harvard)Its social and cultural context will be examined with the help of archaeological findings.

Writing for the Web (Open Study) How to generate content suitable for digital environments.

Principles of Written English (Berkeley)Through different readings and content, the different aspects to be taken into account in English academic writing will be covered.

Stunt Writing for Personal Growth ( This course uses writing as a means of analyzing our insides.

Similar proposals:

Shakespeares Hamlet: text, performance, and culture (University of Birmingham)Poetry in America: Whitman (Harvard)General Semantics: An Approach to Effective Language Behavior (Manchester University) College Foundations: Reading, Writing, and Math (Broward College)Corpus linguistics: method, analysis, interpretation (Lancaster University)


How Things Work 1 (University of Virginia)Based on six concrete examples, different physical laws will be analyzed.

Galaxies and Cosmology (California Institute of Technology)An introduction to extragalactic astronomy

Analyzing the Universe (Rutgers University)An introduction to Physics and Astronomy, exploring exceptional content in the public domain shared by NASA.

Basic Physics (Swinburne University of Technology)Applying the basic principles of physics, examine how our environment works.

Another option: Electricity & Magnetism (RICE)


Analytical Chemistry / Instrumental Analysis (RICE)Analyze the different methods and tools that are implemented in the analysis process of a sample.

Introduction to Chemistry (Duke University)Analyzes the basic concepts of Chemistry as an introduction to the study of other sciences.

Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics (University of Minnesota)A course that combines different multimedia content with practical examples for those who wish to introduce themselves to this topic.

Advanced Chemistry (University of Kentucky)Introduction to Chemistry at the university level.

Similar proposals:

Chemistry Building Blocks of the World (Swinburne University of Technology)Concepts in Nanotechnology (North Seattle Community College) Chemistry of beer (University of Oklahoma)


Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy (UNC-Chapel Hill)From a legal perspective, relevant cases of environmental conflicts are analyzed

Constitutional Law (Yale University)A detailed tour of the history and key aspects of the development of the United States Constitution.

New Udacity course program

In January Udacity will launch a series of courses that belong to its new program. Some of them require a monthly subscription, but with the possibility of choosing the free option from Free Courseware Start.

This free version in some courses is already available from December, in other cases we will have to wait for them to be released in January:

Mobile Web DevelopmentIntroduction to Hadoop and MapReduceIntroduction to Data ScienceWeb DevelopmentIntroduction to Salesforce App DevelopmentIntroduction to Computer Science


Equine Nutrition (University of Edinburgh)A complete tour of all aspects to consider in equine nutrition.

Easy Spanish (UCAM)A 12-week course for those who wish to learn Spanish or improve their understanding of the language.

The Art of Photography (RMIT University)A tour of the work of contemporary photographic artists, as well as basic concepts of photography.

Introduction to Public Speaking (University of Washington)How to improve our speaking skills.

Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement (Harvard)For those who need an incentive to make changes in this coming year, this course examines this psychological theory based on the work of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey.

Mega Events: Inside the Winter Olympics (Mchigan State University) An analysis from different contexts of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

The Linguistics of Swearing: A Good Class about Bad Words (University of Utah)

Storytelling for Change(Acumen)How to improve our narrative skills.

Decision Skills: Power Tools to Build Your Life (Decision Education Foundation)It presents a series of tools to help us develop decision-making capacity.

Understanding and detecting deception(University of Oklahoma)A 16-week interdisciplinary course with different content classes and discussions.

Hydraulic fracturing and water resources Regulations, policies and procedures used in hydraulic fracturing.

History of science to the age of Newton (University of Oklahoma)It analyzes the development of science through history and its connection with different disciplines.

If new proposals arise during the month, we will comment on them in different articles through our section on Educational Projects.

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