Free Online Courses from the Ivy League Colleges

Struggling to make that mark and don’t know how to ace it up in life? Well, you have nothing to fear. You can up your game simply by enrolling in free online courses from Ivy League Colleges.

What is it?

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. But they are hardest to get into. So, when an Ivy League online course comes up, people always gun for it.

The elite institution has created many such courses so far. Of the 430 courses, only 344 are active now. Although the courses cover all kind of disciplines, here we are concentrating on the tech, business and English courses.

Tech Courses

1. Machine Learning for Data Science and Analytics
Columbia University 

  • This data science course taught by Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Cliff Stein, David Blei, Itsik Peer, Mihalis Yannakakis and Peter Orbanz, is an introduction to machine learning and algorithms.
  • You will develop a basic understanding of the principles of machine learning and derive practical solutions using predictive analytics.
  • We will also examine why algorithms play an essential role in Big Data analysis.

 

2. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies
Princeton University

  • A comprehensive course on Bitcoin giving you an insight on how things work here and how it is regulated.
  • This free online courses by Arvind Narayanan of Princeton University enables you to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
  • You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects.

3.Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Columbia University

  • Taught by Professor Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, this is one of the most important free online courses available.
  • This course will provide a broad understanding of the basic techniques for building intelligent computer systems and an understanding of how AI is applied to problems.
  • You will learn about the history of AI, intelligent agents, state-space problem representations, uninformed and heuristic search, game playing, logical agents, and constraint satisfaction problems.
  • Hands-on experience will be gained by building a basic search agent. Adversarial search will be explored through the creation of a game and an introduction to machine learning includes work on linear regression.

4. CS50’s Computer Science for Business Professionals
Harvard University

  • Taught by David J. Malan, this course takes a top-down approach, emphasizing mastery of high-level concepts and design decisions related thereto.
  • Through lectures on computational thinking, programming languages, internet technologies, web development, technology stacks,  cloud computing, this course empowers you to make technological decisions even if not a technologist yourself.
  • You’ll emerge from this course with first-hand appreciation of how it all works and all the more confident in the factors that should guide your decision-making.

 

5. Enabling Technologies for Data Science and Analytics: The Internet of Things
Columbia University

  • In this data science course, you will learn about the major components of the Internet of Things and how data is acquired from sensors.
  • You will also examine ways of analyzing event data, sentiment analysis, facial recognition software and how data generated from devices can be used to make decisions.
  • Shih-Fu Chang, Michael Collins, Julia Hirschberg, Fred Jiang, Zoran Kostic and Kathy McKeown of Columbia University will teach this free online course.

Business Courses

1. Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
Harvard University

  • This business and management course, taught by Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna, takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving complex social problems.
  • You will learn about prior attempts to address these problems, identify points of opportunity for smart entrepreneurial efforts, and propose and develop your own creative solutions.
  • The focus of this course is on individual agency—what can you do to address a defined problem?
  • You will learn how both problems and solutions are inevitable of a multi-disciplinary nature, and we will draw on a range of sectors and fields of study.

 

2.Entrepreneurship 1: Developing the Opportunity
University of Pennsylvania

  • This introductory course by David Bell, Ethan Mollick, Laura Huang, David Hsu, Karl T. Ulrich, Lori Rosenkopf and Kartik Hosanagar, is designed to introduce you to the foundational concepts of entrepreneurship.
  • This is another important free online courses which teach the definition of entrepreneurship, the profile of the entrepreneur, the difference between entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial management, and the role of venture creation in society.
  • You’ll explore where technology entrepreneurship and impact entrepreneurship align and where they diverge, and you’ll learn proven techniques for identifying the opportunity, assessing the opportunity, hypothesis testing and creating a prototype.
  • By the end of this course, you’ll know how to test, validate and prototype your idea, and also whether or not you fit the profile of an entrepreneur!
  • You’ll also be ready to move on to the next phase of entrepreneurship in Entrepreneurship 2: Launching the Start-Up.

3.Entrepreneurship 2: Launching your Start-Up
University of Pennsylvania

  • Designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the critical components of a creating a start-up, Entrepreneurship 2: Launching the Start-up, provides practical, real-world knowledge about the lean approach, the minimum viable product, when to pivot, when to quit your day job, the art of the pitch, building and managing a team, allocating equity, and building your external team, advisory board members, professional services, and entrepreneurial strategy.
  • At the end of this course, you’ll be able to create a strategy for launch, including knowing who you need to hire, how to manage them to provide the greatest value, and what legal aspects are involved.
  • You’ll also be prepared for Entrepreneurship 3: Growth Strategies.

4. Entrepreneurship 3: Growth Strategies
University of Pennsylvania

  • This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the essential elements of successful scaling, including an overview of demand generation, customer acquisition, adoption, diffusion and forecasting demand.
  • You’ll also learn how to market effectively using best practices of digital marketing, social media, PR, SEO, and pricing.
  • Finally, you’ll cover the nuts and bolts of building a sales process, partnerships and supply relationships, and examine the crucial components of attracting, developing and retaining talent.
  • By the end of this course, you’ll have an outline of an expansion strategy for your idea or enterprise, and also be ready for Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability

5. Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability
University of Pennsylvania

  • This course explores different financing models, including bootstrapping, organic growth, debt and risk capital, and also provides a clear overview of equity financing including the key types of investors: angels, venture capital, and crowdfunding.
  • You’ll learn about terms, and term sheets, exit modes, and what exit strategy might be best for you.
  • By the end of this course, you’ll have an understanding of what success looks like and how it can be financed.
  • You’ll also be ready for the capstone project, in which you will get feedback on your own pitch deck, and may even be selected to pitch to investors from venture capital firms.

English Courses

1. English for Career Development
University of Pennsylvania

  • Taught by Brian McManus and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, this course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in advancing their careers in the global marketplace.
  • In this course, you will learn about the job search, application, and interview process in the United States, while comparing and contrasting the same process in your home country.
  • This course will also give you the opportunity to explore your global career path while building your vocabulary and improving your language skills to achieve your professional goals.
  • The first unit in this course will introduce the U.S. job application process and provide strategies for identifying the jobs that match your interests and skills.
  • Unit 2 will take you through the steps necessary to produce a professional-looking resume. In unit 3, you will work to develop a clear and concise cover letter. The final unit of the course focuses on networking and interview skills.

2. English for Journalism
University of Pennsylvania

  • Taught by John Cotton, this course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism.
  • In this course, you will explore print and digital media through authentic readings and video lectures, while expanding your vocabulary and increasing your ability to read, research, and develop local and global news stories.
  • Unit 1 will provide an introduction to the history and principles of journalism. In unit 2, you will learn how to research, pitch, and interview.
  • The next unit in the course will focus on the language needed to write newspaper and magazine articles, while unit 4 will cover the basics of broadcasting the news.
  • In the final unit of the course, you will analyze the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news, while completing a reflection assignment that allows you to think about and discuss the recent changes to the field of journalism

 

3. English for Business and Entrepreneurship
University of Pennsylvania

  • Taught by Amy Nichols and James Riedel, this course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in learning more about the global business economy. In this course, you will learn about topics and language necessary to succeed in the international workplace.
  • You will explore business English through authentic readings and video lectures while learning about business vocabulary, concepts, and issues.
  • Unit 1 will provide an introduction to entrepreneurship by examining ideas, products, and opportunities. In unit 2, you will learn the basics of market research, including how to identify an opportunity.
  • The next unit in the course will focus on business plans, why these plans are important and will give you a chance to practice composing a business plan.
  • In the final unit of the course, we will present basics for funding a business and will help you create a persuasive presentation, or pitch, based on a business plan.
 

4. English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania

  • Taught by Jack Sullivan and Ian Nichols, this course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences.
  • In this course, you will explore some of the most innovative areas of scientific study, while expanding your vocabulary and the language skills needed to share scientific information with your community.
  • In unit 1, you will learn how to preview texts and practice some of the language used to make comparisons when talking about global warming and climate change. In unit 2, you will examine the chemistry of climate change and the language of cause and effect.
  • In Unit 3, you will learn about some of the impacts of Climate Change and the language used to describe these effects. In Unit 4, you will learn reading strategies that can help you explore the science behind some new energy systems.
  • In the final unit, you will investigate practical advances in Nanotechnology that help slow down climate change, while developing your own research skills in English.

5. English for Media Literacy
University of Pennsylvania

  • Taught by Ilia Kiria, this course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in learning more about U.S. media literacy. In this course, you will explore different types of mass media, such as newspapers, magazines, television, and social media.
  • This course will also give you the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the role media plays in our lives while building your vocabulary and giving you the language skills needed to analyze what you read and watch.
  • The first unit in this course will provide an introduction to media literacy and give you an opportunity to evaluate your own media literacy level. In unit 2, you will learn how to identify facts versus opinions in the media.
  • The next unit in the course will focus on the differences between social media and traditional media, while unit 4 will look at how gender and identity are covered in the media.
  • In the final unit of the course, you will demonstrate your increased media literacy by through a culminating final project on social media.

Source: Quartz