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100 online courses from Coursera are free now through December 31 — here's a complete list

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  • Coursera is offering 100 online courses free, many of them taught by top universities or offered by companies like Google and Amazon, now through December 31.
  • Learners will get access to all the stuff that's typically kept behind a paywall: graded homework, projects, and reading material, as well as a certificate of completion they can add to LinkedIn.
  • The courses span a range of topics — from public health and COVID-19 to coding, mindfulness, updating a resume, and learning how to play guitar.
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Online-learning site Coursera is offering 100 classes for free from now through December 31, 2020, to support access to online education for those who are social distancing in an effort to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus

The free courses span many categories, including mental health and well-beingcareer development, cloud technology, language learning, and understanding public health and global emergencies. They vary in aspirations as well, from developing new skills for a promotion or career switch to academic to personal or family practical planning. They're also catered to a variety of demographics, from high school and students to adults. Most hail from universities, like Yale, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania, but a handful are offered by companies such as Google and Amazon.

Here's how to enroll in Coursera courses for free:

  1. Click on the class you'd like to take below and make sure that there's a blue promo banner at the top of the page. If not, refresh the page and let it load fully. 
  2. Click the 'Enroll for free' button.
  3. Select "Purchase Course." If the promo has applied, it should say below it that "Your promotion will automatically be applied at checkout." 
  4. At checkout, the course should be free and state $0.

On an average day, you can audit thousands of courses on Coursera without paying a dime. But, when students audit, they don't get access to things like graded homework assignments or certificates of completion, which can be added to their LinkedIn page. Courses can range from $50 (R855) to hundreds of dollars depending on the topic.

But, the courses below are entirely free until December 31, 2020, or until enrollment becomes too saturated. Coursera is giving learners access to all the stuff typically behind a paywall: a certificate, graded homework, projects, and unlimited access to a course's reading material. Of the list below, only 15 were free and didn't include a paid version originally, according to a company representative. 

Below are 100 Coursera courses that will be free to enroll in until December 31, or until enrollment becomes too saturated:

Data science

Language learning

Physics and astronomy

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