12 Free Online Classes You Can Take During The Lockdown

Xceltrip|3 min read|Mar 30, 2020

No matter where you’re at in your career, learning something new can only help you.

Looking for a new job? A unique skill could easily set you apart from the hundreds of other applicants. Worked in the same position for a long time? Expertise in a new field could be the factor that gets you the promotion. And, even if you’re a senior-level manager who’s totally content, getting experience in an unfamiliar area shows your team how much you value growing your job skill set.

Like most other things, though, learning a new skill is easier said than done. Unless, of course, all the resources are handed to you.

Today, we’re doing exactly that. To make sure that you don’t spend hours searching for what to learn and where to learn it, we curated a list of 12 online classes from awesome resources across the web for design and communications that will keep you going through the lockdown.

Whether you’re interested in programming, graphic design, speech writing, or conflict resolution, there’s bound to be a class for you:


  1. Beginner’s Guide to Image Editing in Photoshop, Pluralsight

This series of step-by-step videos will teach you Photoshop terms and definitions and get you started with using basic tools and techniques. You’ll start off by resizing and resampling images, then move on to correcting the colors of an image and removing unwanted information. You’d be surprised by how much you can learn in 90 minutes!

Note: free with trial

Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes

  1. Learn Adobe Photoshop From Scratch, Udemy

Udemy’s introduction course covers the basics so you can get started using Photoshop as soon as possible. Want to learn to use the marquee tool in detail, feather a selection, or refine edge command? You’ve come to the right place.

Duration: 8 hours/ 36 lectures

  1. Adobe After Effects, Lynda

Adobe After Effects is a popular software program used to create motion effects and visual graphics for video. In Lynda’s tutorial videos, you’ll be introduced to the After Effects GUI and workspace and learn everything from importing and organizing files to understanding composition and video standards.

Note: free with trial

Duration: varies

  1. Professional Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator, Udemy

Build a killer company brand by making a logo that stands out. Here’s how to use Illustrator to do it.

Duration: 7 hours, 22 minutes/ 45 lectures

  1. Beginner’s Guide to Concept Sketching, Pluralsight

Concept sketching takes a number of different forms — from logos and layouts to characters and environment design. In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of each of these forms using Adobe Photoshop. These step-by-step videos move at an easy-to-follow pace to make sure that you understand the basic tools and techniques.

Note: free with trial

Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes

  1. Adobe InDesign Made Easy: A Beginners Guide to InDesign, Udemy

We know that 105 lessons seem like a lot — but the majority of these lessons are under 10 minutes. Designed by Infinite Skills, this course is a resource for anyone wanting to learn the powerful, often-intimidating page layout and design program. By the end of the class, you’ll be well versed in creating print and digital-ready documents in InDesign.

Duration: 11 hours/ 105 lectures


  1. Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution, Coursera

Taught by the University of California, Irvine, this course gives you the chance to strengthen your personal and professional relationships by addressing conflicts between individuals within organizations. More specifically, you’ll develop skills aimed at managing intercultural conflicts in today’s global society, and explore how factors like competing interests and power imbalances affect management strategies.

Note: free with trial

Duration: 4 weeks, 2–3 hours a week

  1. Internal Communication Methods: Strategy and Tactics, Udemy

Learn from an internal communications expert in five minute sprints how to communicate better at work, write better emails, and create a culture of open communication.

Duration: 1 hour, 23 minutes/ 18 lectures

  1. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, OPEN2STUDY

Does the idea of networking or resolving conflict make you cringe? If so, this course by Dr. Andrew Heys of Macquarie University could bring you renewed confidence. You’ll learn concrete skills like labeling different phases of negotiation and learning what to do in each phase, using a general framework for analyzing and resolving conflict, and bridging the gap between “knowing” and “doing” so that you can put the skills you learn into practice.

Duration: 40 videos

  1. Public Speaking Essentials: How to Craft Your Personal Story, Udemy

This course aims to help you tell your story with confidence and poise. You’ll learn how to craft your speech and pitch it in a way that’s engaging and exciting.

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes/ 33 lectures

  1. Business Communication: Developing Effective Business Presentation Skills, ALISON

No matter where you are in your career, we’re guessing that you’ve become familiar with poorly made presentations. But not all presentations have to be that way — and that’s where this course comes in. Upon completing the class, you’ll know how to effectively engage and persuade an audience, develop an effective presentation by mapping its flow and creating aids, and assess the expectations of your audience.

Duration: 2–3 hours

  1. Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator, Coursera

This Yale University course will help you become a better negotiator. You’ll leave the course better able to predict, interpret, and shape the behavior of people you face in competitive situations. Apart from that, you’ll learn to make ultimatums, avoid regret, and deal with someone who has a very different perspective on the world.

Note: free with trial

Duration: 9 weeks

This list will be updated with more classes, stay tuned if you aren’t interested in the above classes and stay safe.


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