These Famous Business Leaders Are Teaching Online Classes That You Can Totally Take

Learning has never been easier with online colleges offering amazing courses taught by some of the world’s most successful people.

Online Colleges

Not everyone has the opportunity to go to college, and those who did may not be satisfied with their degree. Online colleges have made it possible for people to expand their knowledge and even big brick and mortar institutions are throwing their hats in the ring. Many universities, like Carnegie Mellon and Harvard, have taken college online for cheap or even free. Thanks to the Open Learning Initiative, many universities now offer flexible online education to those who want it, with some classes being taught by successful CEOs and founders of some pretty incredible companies.

Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library

Want to up your business’ brand and social media game? Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO and business wunderkind who rebranded his family’s liquor store from a $3 million-a-year storefront to a $60 million online wine retailer, teaches an online course via Udemy that demystifies the online branding process. In "Building a Personal Brand," Vaynerchuk teaches you how to craft your brand’s story and communicate it effectively across social media to bring in more dedicated customers to make your business boom.

Alan Joslin

Alan Joslin, Epstein Joslin Architects

Have you ever seen a building or public space that blends so well with the environment around it? Well, if you take "Architecture Studio: Building in Landscapes" from MIT’s Open Courseware, you’ll learn the fundamentals of analyzing a landscape and building the perfect structure for that location from a seasoned pro. Alan Joslin, founder of Epstein Joslin Architects, has designed amazing concert halls across America and feels that "there’s a magic we seek in them, something that really reaches for a higher level of experience, something that’s moving."

David Chang

David Chang, Momofuku

For those foodies out there, Harvard offers an online course called Science and Cooking that allows you to learn how to cook from chefs like David Chang, founder of Momofuku Restaurant Group. Chefs walk you through some of their favorite recipes, and then a Harvard physicist and a Harvard mathematician dive into the science behind things like flavor and heat. Part of the course focuses on molecular gastronomy, which uses scientific tools and different chemicals to make jellies, emulsions and foams that take food to the next level.

Learning from the best in whatever business you’re interested in is easier and more affordable online. The continuation of your education is just a click away.

15 Weird Online Classes You Did Not Know You Could Take

Online colleges have made learning on the internet easy … and a little weird.

Online Colleges

Online colleges allow people around the world to study their favorite topics without leaving the comforts of home. While most would choose to study the basics, these online colleges offer courses that probably wouldn’t be found in the average course catalogue.

Quantum Mechanics for Everyone (Georgetown)

Some think that the discussion of quantum mechanics is something reserved for physicists. In this free online course, you can learn the basics of this branch of physics without having to do any complicated math. One lessen even covers how you can see something in the dark without a flashlight. Science!

Death (Yale)

This Yale philosophy course that can be taken online whether or not you’re an enrolled student, doesn’t shy away from the fact that we’re all going to die. Instead, it hypothesizes on whether the end of this life isn’t the end of life entirely.

"Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus" by Shelley (UC Berkeley)

For anyone who wants to dig deep into the origin story of the man who was reanimated by a bolt of lightning, this free course dives into what many consider to be the first science fiction novel.

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The New Nordic Diet - from Gastronomy to Health (University of Copenhagen)

In this course, Dr. Arne Astrup aims to teach others the importance of gastronomy and environment on food and health from the point of view of the Nordic countries, where people take their local ingredients very seriously.

Furniture Making (MIT)

Tired of buying the bookshelf from IKEA that everyone else has? Learn through this free online course about furniture design, history and different woodworking techniques. By the end, you’ll be able to build yourself a completely unique piece of furniture.

Kitchen Chemistry

Kitchen Chemistry (MIT)

Some people need to know the "why?" behind their perfectly cooked steak or chewy chocolate chip cookie. This free MIT course uses cooking to illustrate the chemical principles that occur when we’re making everyday meals.

Android Development (UC Berkeley)

This iTunes course gives insight into how to create the machines that will eventually gain sentience and destroy us all. Just kidding (probably)!

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"Everything I Know" by Buckminster Fuller (YouTube)

Buckminster Fuller was a legendary architect, author, designer and MENSA member, and this YouTube lecture series is a look into the inner workings of the brain that came up with 28 U.S. patents.

Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling (MIT)

Most people think that wrestling is just two dudes body slamming each other over a folding table, but it actually has a storied history that you’ll learn about in depth in this free MIT course.

Listening to music

Listening to Music (Yale)

This sounds like it’s a pretty basic topic, but the ability to truly hear music and understand all of its parts is the goal of this free online course.

Bits (Harvard)

A bit is the smallest unit of data on a computer and this free video course teaches you that information, like digital images and music, is actually a property that can be used to shape policy and laws.

The Science of Happiness (UC Berkeley)

This course uses research-backed activities to nurture joy and, according to the course’s website, illustrate "that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself."

Science at the Polls: Biology for Voters (UC Berkeley)

UC Berkeley’s course explores the scientific concepts that have created the most political debate, such as space, human sexuality and evolution.

Faith and Finance (Boston University)

It seems like money and spirituality don’t mix, but during this free 12-week course, you’ll learn methods that will lead you to make more ethically and theologically informed financial decisions.

Street-Fighting Mathematics (MIT)

In a very tongue-in-cheek way, this course teaches things like dimensional analysis and extreme-cases reasoning to help you when you’re trying to block a punch or take a leap in your day-to-day life.