Next to catching up on your shows and chores you've been putting off, there are more things you can achieve from home than you think. For one, you can pick up a new skill or develop the ones you already have—which, thanks to the internet, is easier than ever. Instead of wasting hours scrolling through possible options, though, you might want to consider the pre-curated courses at Cream Silk and Edukasyon.ph's learning hub, Conditioned for Greater. This online academy offers a total of 15 free courses in the categories of business, communication, and art and design that aim to empower Filipinas to take their skills and interests to the next level. At the end of each course, you can earn a badge to share your success. Check out some of the classes you can take below!
1. How to build an online business
Whether you're thinking of starting your own brand or create a profitable social media presence, this three-hour course will provide you with the basics of developing a business on the web. It'll show you how to stand out from competition, attract customers, and make the most out of digital materials.
2. Intro to digital marketing
Delve deeper into the world of digital marketing with this 26-module and 40-hour course dedicated to seizing opportunities online. It touches on topics such as reaching more customers online, effective online selling, and platform development with websites, videos, and social media.
3. How to increase productivity at work
With many of us now working from home, we need all the help we can get with resisting temptation in order to be more productive. This short course is perfect for that, as it teaches you how to manage your time and prioritize and delegate your tasks to be more efficient.
4. Project management for designers
This eight-session course is the more technical version of the class above. In it, you'll be taught how to manage your workload, the essentials of managing your project, and factors that will help you manage clients.
5. Intro to business communication
This quick lesson aims to help improve your proficiency in creating business materials that are clear, well-structured, and actionable. It also includes technical tips such as formatting business documents, which is more important than you think.
6. Intro to photography
Want to take your photography knowledge to the next level? This course that teaches you all the basics you probably haven't given much thought to before, such as different camera settings, lenses, professional equipment, and taking photos without needing filters. It has tips for transitioning between photography and videography, too!
7. Intro to videography
Many of you are probably considering opening your own YouTube channel or just amping up your video skills just in case. This introductory course is perfect for that, teaching basic skills such as storyboarding, recording audio, lighting your shot properly, and more.
8. Intro to graphic illustration
You finally have time to tinker with the illustration and graphic programs on your computer, so might as well do so with some professional guidance. Here, the instructor will familiarize you with graphic design principles, how to start creating on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, as well as a starter kit for aspiring graphic designers.
9. Basic animation with GIFs
So you're no longer a graphic design noob. What about dipping your toes into the wonderful world of animation? In this course, you'll be taught the basic process of creating GIFs and using stop motion photography to animate.
10. Intro to handlettering
Your penmanship can definitely turn into art with a little extra push. This handlettering class is exactly that, with sessions on developing your technique, forms of hand-lettering and calligraphy, and turning paper sketches to digital artwork.