To ensure the public’s progress in gaining knowledge and new skills are continued during the Movement Control Order (MCO), a few online education service providers have taken the initiative to provide free online courses for every layer of society to benefit from.
All you need to get started is a notebook, a pen, a laptop and an internet connection. Let’s look at some of the free online courses available now!
1. Free virtual courses at Coursera
Coursera, a leading online education platform is offering 100 of its courses for free! Topics include various areas such as Machine Learning, Marketing Analytics and Personal & Family Financial Planning, all of which are provided through Coursera’s leading industry partners such as Yale, Google and Intel.
For the full list of free individual Coursera online courses, click here.
2. MDEC’s #DigitalVsCovid19 initiative
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The Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) together with a group of parents from the Future Skills for All initiative to organize webinars on coding for children using Micro:bit micro-controllers.
This campaign is jointly organised with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, providing a great opportunity for children, together with their families to take their first steps in coding, through a simple yet interactive drag-and-drop coding lessons provided by Code.org.
For more information regarding MDEC’s efforts during the MCO, click here.
The coding tutorials can be accessed by clicking here.
3. Free courses on Udemy
Like Coursera, Udemy is also offering some of its virtual courses for free! Courses are diverse in topics, featuring areas such as photography, coding, application design and even personal skills such as time management.
For more information on Udemy’s free course offerings, click here.
4. MOE’s educational TV slots
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is providing a platform for those with limited to no internet access to continue developing their knowledge and skills through television broadcasts of educational programmes.
These programmes can be watched on Okey TV, an educational channel by RTM, channel 110 on MyFreeviewTV and channel 146 on ASTRO and ASTRO NJOI. As a start, the programme will be available daily on two slots – 9AM to 10AM and 1PM to 2PM.
The full schedule can be obtained by clicking here.
5. MARii Industry 4.0 e-Learning Centre
The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), in collaboration with its technology partners recently launched an e-learning platform, featuring modules on Augmented Reality (AR) and cloud computing with simulation-driven design, with more topics to be announced in the future.
The MARii Industry 4.0 e-Learning Centre can be accessed through the government agency’s website at www.marii.my and will continuously be enriched with various online courses, webinars and discussions on knowledge, skills and topics surrounding emerging technologies in the digital era.
The free pilot programme is a 60-minute session called CATIA V5 Webinar with AR, focusing on AR technology in industries, introduction to Unity and Vuforia, and comes with a practical component to allow participants to perform basic AR development, guided by the trainer.
The Inspire CAE Program (also free), focused on simulation-driven design will be launched soon with topics such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Structural Optimisation, through the utilisation of Altair software including HyperWorks and SolidThinking.
The availability of online educational platforms enables everyone to continue learning despite the MCO restrictions. It is important to continue “exercising” the brain with new knowledge, skills and talents to ensure continuous development, now with the added advantage of doing so from anywhere, at any time.