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Isaac: What's up everybody, Isaac here with Civil Engineering Academy coming at you again with another sweet podcast episode. Hope you're doing well. Hope everybody's okay. Hope you're surviving COVID, whatever day we're on 32 or something crazy like that. Today, I wanted to do something a little bit different, mix it up, maybe just a tad, but I wanted to share with you my top 10 places or 10 places that you can go to find a course or find maybe a hobby or something where you can learn something during this time because I think this is a great time to learn something. A lot of you are either home, hopefully you haven't been laid off or furloughed or anything like that. But a lot of times,uwe are at home. There's nothing pulling at us with additional schedules,uthings of that nature. And so I think there's just an opportunity here to learn something new. And so I thought it'd be fun to talk about 10 places online, 10 online places where you can find courses that can either help you learn a new skill or help you in your civil engineering career. Take a course or whatnot. So it's going to be fun. It's going to be something new and something different, and I think you'll get something out of this. So stick with me and we will get right to it.
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All right guys. So let's get right to it. As we talk about some free stuff that's out there some courses, some other other things that might help you boost your skills, take a new course, learn something new, or even further the hobby that you might have in order to learn a new hobby that you maybe didn't know you liked. So the first one I can think of is called academic earth. And this is purely academic courses. So if that's something you just want to brush up on, or even if you're studying for the PE exam this might be a good refresher for you being good academic earth. It has courses in the arts, sciences, humanities, economics, computer science, all kinds of stuff for free. They launched back in 2009 and they started collecting free online college courses from the world's top universities.
And so really the whole topic of open education has really exploded. I think we'll probably see more of that due to covet. But they have a curated, a curated list of online courses and you can kinda just select a course that you want to take or you can look at online degrees if you want to as well. That's all there as well. But you just go in there, search for what you want and you can go check it out. So I mean I'm just dinking around here. If you go to accounting, you want to learn about accounting, they got courses, financial accounting, accounting and reporting, everything to do with counting. So it's a good, good place to start. If you're looking for an academic, a type of course and, or you want to brush up on a topic, go check it out.
Again, that's academic earth. So go check that one out. All right. The second one I can think of is one called future learn. These are short online courses. You can choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities. Again, and special organizations. I mean, some of the popular courses they have right at the front of the, of their website is like airway matters. And I believe that's because of coven exploring play, the importance of play in everyday life management leadership. So being able to lead a team coven 19 diagnostics and testing as a course. So there's just a lot of courses that are on here, but they have everything from business management all the way down to psychology and mental health so you can really kind of take whatever you want. It's not really, I think they do have some college course material in here, but a lot of it is just kind of a good information.
And different, a variety of subjects, all kinds of subjects, business, creative arts, healthcare and medicine. History it in computer stuff, language law, teaching, study skills, science, engineering and math. Let's go check out Engineering, let's see what they got here. So on some of their engineering courses, they've got artificial intelligence for healthcare, big data in the environment, forensic facial recognition, finding Mr X, all kinds of cool stuff. Introduction to the process of mining. Huh. That's pretty cool. Anyway, all kinds of courses in here I have to do is go check it out again. That's future. Learn.Com you can go check out their courses, find something you like and learn something new.
Okay. The next one I can think of is a really popular tool. Adobe, if you haven't used Adobe before, I think well you've been living under a rock, but, this is more of a hobby type of thing, but they have what's called Adobe TV. So if you're into Photoshop and you're, you're into InDesign or something to do with pictures or anything like that Adobe TV allows you to walk through all of its programs and gives you tutorials, manuals and all kinds of stuff. So I have to do is go to a T V. Dot. adobe.com and it will take you to a world of possibilities if you're interested in kind of the creative side. If you got to create a site of you, then maybe that's the place to go. So go check them out. If you're interested in Photoshop or any of Adobe's tools, they can walk you through all of their stuff.
And it's pretty sweet. So again, that's called a Adobe TV. And the website is tv.adobe.com all right guys, let's talk about another core site that is actually free right now. If you go to Pluralsight, that's PLURALSIGHT.com. They are offering for the whole month of April because of the Covid and everybody working from home, the opportunity to take any of their 7,000 plus courses for free. Now these are geared towards the technology side of things. So this is going to be stuff that might be a hobby for, for you as a civil engineer. Maybe you enjoyed coding, maybe you didn't. I did not like coding at all. C++ and all that stuff was, I quickly learned that wasn't the career path for me. But still it's a resource. If this is something that you're into or you just want to learn more about it, go to pluralsight.com and you can sign up for a free account.
You get to know the platform, you start personalizing your own skill, a journey, and you can share if you want to. But what they do is they'll help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. And really if you have no clue about any of the this you're going to be starting from the beginning. But really if this is an an area in your life you're looking at developing or you just want to know more about in terms of a software development, IT data or cyber security, security, any of that stuff, Pluralsight be a place for you to go if this is a hobby of yours, so definitely go check it out. It's free again for the entire month of April. No watch limits no time restrictions, any of that stuff. 7,000 plus courses all done by experts, all for free, all through the month of April. So go check it out.
Pluralsight.Com. Okay, the next up is a cool site called Skillshare, SKILLSHARE that is skillshare.com. And this is more for creative. So if you want to explore your creativity, this is more stuff that you might be doing on the side as a hobby. You can learn, you can make stuff, you can discover they've got all kinds of courses here and they have to do with more of the artistic side of things. So if you want to learn how to animate, learn how to design, learn how to illustrate - lifestyle stuff. If you want to learn how to be a better photographer because you have got more free time walking around, the park parks are up in there you know, visits. So everyone's walking around. If you've got your camera out and you want to learn how to do photography, go check it out.
They got business stuff, they got writing stuff. If you want to learn how to become a better writer it's, it's sweet stuff. So go check it out. New members, you get two months of Skillshare premium, which is free for you. And I don't know if they have any deals like that going on for, for coven stuff, but you can definitely get started for free. I do know that for a fact. And they have, again, just all kinds of stuff, all kinds of courses. More of the artistic side of things. But it's still a fun place to be. And if you've got some free time, go check it out and you can start polishing up or learn a new skill or pursue the interests that you've always, you know, never had time to do, and now you have time to do it. Go check them out. So again, that's skillshare.com
All right. The next one that I really actually quite enjoy used to be one of my favorites and kind of a GoTo when I wanted to learn a new subject about anything or hobby and that's called lynda.com L Y N D A.com. That was bought out by LinkedIn and they now have changed the name to LinkedIn learning. So it's part of LinkedIn. If you don't have an account with LinkedIn or a profile, you definitely should have one by now. Not only will it help boost your visibility in networking, but it's a huge plus on your resume as well. And so definitely having an account there with all your information is good. But as part of linked in, they have their own course program called LinkedIn learning and it's good stuff. This has basically topics and courses on everything. Web design, marketing, photography, mobile app development, Photoshop, Excel, iOS stuff, engineering topics, AutoCAD anything you want to learn is going to be found really on lynda.com or now, LinkedIn learning.
And so go check them out. I think they're, they're definitely worth checking out. Now. Linda used to have a free program. Iff you typed in your library card, if you had access to a local library, you could access their courses for free. I don't know if that's still the case anymore, so something I will have to look into. I know they give you a free month to start out and then you actually have to pay for that. But it's definitely worth checking out and I really do enjoy their courses. I've taken a few myself. They're very professional, very good. And like I said, they have courses on virtually everything that you want to get into, including polishing up your engineering skills. If you're looking at something about a AutoCAD even project management, things of that nature. If you want to boost your skills in that arena, so go check them out.
That's L Y N D A.com or go to LinkedIn learning and you can just probably find that right at linkedin.com so definitely check that out too. All right guys. The next one I have in mind is one called edX. So this is very similar to some other well they're, they have some, there's some other courses out there that are similar to this, but EdX offers basically anyone anywhere the chance to take university class in various departments and you can actually get certified in those classes or just get certified. And some of their big partners as part of EdX include Harvard, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgetown, University of Chicago. And there's, there's more. It goes on and on and on. So they have over 2,500 plus online courses from 140 top institutions. And you can take virtually anything. Again. So computer science, you want to learn a language.
They got languages, they're Chinese English just grammar in general. All of that's there - Spanish writing. They have data science. You can take anything from artificial intelligence to learning a new language. Computer programming wise, they got business management. So if you want to learn how to run, run the business better or be better manager, this is for you. Entrepreneurship is in there; leadership, project management, all of that fun stuff. And in terms of engineering, they have every engineering discipline in here. So, aerospace, biomedical, chemical engineering civil engineering as well. Computer engineering, electrical, mechanical, industrial, software, structural, it's all there. And then all of your humanities. So if you want to learn more about art, psychology, all of those - fashion you into fashion, go get a course there. I'm just going to go check out and tell you what's available as part of civil engineering.
Might be helpful for you. Cause some of these courses are self paced. So I'm just looking at here just right on their site and they've got three thrown up right at the beginning here and one's from Princeton X since the art of structural engineering bridges, it's a self paced course. You can go through that. So if you're into bridge design, might be fun to take that. They have water management, explore water management concepts and technologies and they also have one called future cities, which might be fun to do. It's also a self paced course as well. So it goes into heavy detail into every single discipline. So if I'm looking at civil engineering courses, they talk about taking free on my classes and courses and civil engineering to help build your skills and advance your career. You can also learn other in demand subjects from other universities and institutions around the world.
They're all found here at ed X. So if you are looking at sharpening the saw as Steven R. Covey would say in his habits, the Seven Habits book sharpening saw, keeping your skills sharpened, then you're going to go to EdX, go take a course in civil engineering and really polish up some of the skills you already have. A lot of people that are discipline specific usually don't dive into other subjects, but a lot of times there are complimentary subjects that might affect you in your own disciplines. So, you know if you're doing roadway design, it'd be helpful to understand more about drainage things of that nature. If I'm in structural engineering, I might do better with my own position, understanding more foundation work and just some of the geotechnical work. So it's helpful to have some complimentary courses as you expand your, your base and really focused on growing your career.
So the courses in civil engineering, there's all kinds of stuff. Like I said and I'm just diving deep into this one subject if you want to dive deep into any others. There obviously are a ton of other courses, so civil engineering, I'm just diving into because this is the audience that we got here. And so that's what we got. So go check them out. It's EdX, that's edx.org O R. G. go learn. They even have program partners where they can earn an online degree if you wanted to. They have some things there available for that, but definitely worth checking out and definitely some awesome courses that you should check out. Should go sharpen that saw. All right, next up on my list here is a site called Coursera, that C O U R S E R A.org very similar to EdX in terms of college coursework that you can go check out a class for free or learn something new.
Every course on Coursera is taught by a top instructor or word called a world-class university and company. So you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. They have hundreds of free courses that you can also just register and go take with on demand video. I believe they even have an FE review course, just a little secret there for you. So go check them out too. Might not be everything that you need for the FE, but definitely something there. So lots of free courses taught by universities that are on here a hundred percent online. You can learn something new in four to six weeks. If you do want to buy something in here, usually pricing starts around $39. But right now I would just go sign up and check out everything that they have for free. You can also earn certificates. You can also master a specialization in a particular skill if you want to master a specific skill.
Maybe it was AutoCAD or something you can get a certificate for that. All kinds of stuff like that. They also have online degrees if you're interested in getting an online degree. They have all a bunch of universities that you can go check out degrees with. I dunno, they, I don't know what kind of degrees they, they haven't dived into that, but these are all accredited universities that you can get bachelor and masters degrees with. So, you know, Arizona state, Penn state, Illinois university of Michigan, they're all on there, so definitely worth checking out. It's all mobile. It's all stuff you can get on the internet. It was founded in 2012 by two Stanford computer science professors with a vision to provide anyone access to the world's best education and it's just kind of exploded from there. They've reached 53 million people in 2300 businesses around the world, and trust me, you can definitely find a course on here.
So go check it out. Like I said, if, if anything, if you're taking the FE, it might be worth checking out. I believe they actually have a free course on the FE exam. And I'll just do a little check here. Yeah, and I list this on our own website, civilengineeringacademy.com as a resource. But Georgia Institute of technology actually has a free little course here called fundamentals of engineering exam review. So you know, that might be changing a little bit when the exam actually switches over to a new spec, a new format. But the core concepts usually don't change. And so if you want to check that out, just go do a search for that. If you are studying for the FE exam and go check it out. But I mean just searching, civil engineering, let's see what that brings up. Civil engineering, you've got Autodesk, you can learn how to really do civil 3D really well.
Mastering, what do they got - better roads and innovative applications, all kinds of stuff. Renewable energy, mechanics and materials, 3D CAD fundamentals, all kinds of good stuff. So go check it out again. That's coursera.org C O U R S E R A.org. All right, next up on our list is a company, a site called Alison, A L I S O N ,alison.com. Alison is one of the world's largest free learning platforms for education and skill training. They've got stuff here. Again, you can study anything anywhere, anytime for free at any subject level. It's a pretty cool site. It was founded in Ireland in 2007 and it's really just kind of grown organically to become a really a large force in the free online education world and skills training. So now they have over 14 million learners, over 195 countries. It's really changing things up and it's good stuff.
Their CEO is named Mike. He's actually a businessman. He really wants to make an impact on the world, which is why he started all this. So it's, it's been good and Alison is free of charge to you, so it's free. So you can get on here and basically learn anything you want. They have all times, of course, categories, whether it's it learning a new language, science, health, humanities, business, math, marketing, lifestyle. And more so. Yeah, I mean they've even got skilled trades like plumbing, electrical, carpentry. I'm going to go check that out. Let's go check out some plumbing. We had some plumbing problems, but yeah, the, I mean they've got all kinds of stuff in there. I'm looking at plumbing. If you've got that wife to do list, you've got to go check out some courses here. You can even get a diploma in plumbing studies.
How about that? Put that together with your engineering degree and you're a force to be reckoned with out there. Okay guys. So pretty cool though. All kinds of stuff. So yeah, go check them out. Alison.Com, A. L. I. S. O. N. I'm not seeing much geared towards like the creative side of you, but if you're looking at either it or software or healthcare marketing, language science, business stuff software engineering, anything to do with operations, healthcare, humanities, and then some of these skill trades. It might be something that you want to dive into. There is one called lifestyle and that is geared more towards the, I guess the creative side. So I might have lied to you there, but they do have a few courses involved there, including photography and music, things of that nature. So pretty cool site. I, I think you would enjoy checking it out.
Again, go learn a new skill here. Maybe you want to start polishing up those Photoshop skills. If you go to Alison A L I S O N.com you can go sign up and this one is totally free for you. So go check that out. All right guys. The last one I got on my list is a site called Udemy. And maybe this is one you know about, maybe you don't, but that is U D E M Y, udemy.com. And this is a fun site to go to if you definitely want to go check out all kinds of courses. These ones do cost money. Occasionally they do run deals where courses are super cheap and whatnot, but this one does cost some money. All kinds of courses though. I mean, if you need help with a particular exam, like the PMP exam, if you're studying to try to be a project management professional, if that's the area you're headed to they have some coursework where you can buy and kind of learn more questions or get the questions that they're going to.
They ask a lot - practice exam for the, this coming this year, 2020, etc. But they have all kinds of courses. It, software design. If you want to learn how to design a game, graphic design, web design, fashion, anything like that, lifestyle, even pet care and training. Are you ready to train your dog? It's time to train that dog. Okay. Go take a course there. They got photography. If you want to learn everything in anything about photography, health and fitness, if you want to learn how to diet, yoga, anything. Dancing, music is all in here as well. Teaching, academics, all kinds of stuff in here. There's just all kinds of courses at Udemy that you might not find on the other resources, especially,uat a granular level. Uyou know, I'm looking at one for music. If you want to learn how to do vocals and singing, singing, training, there's a course for you.
I mean, there's, there's a course on virtually anything. And the reason why there is, is because a lot of this stuff you basically, it's been opened up to the public to write coursework for this site. And so they charge a small fee for that, for the creator of the course. But in terms of content, I mean, you can get anything you want. So if you want to learn a new skill, you want to sharpen the saw with engineering you want to, whatever you want to do. Train your dog, train your cat,uopen a zoo. I don't know. Just kidding. Uanything you want to do. So go check that one out. That's a U D E M Y.com. Udemy.Com and guys, I think that, I think that's going to be it. That's, I've exhausted my resources. There are probably more sites out there that offer coursework for you that you can go check out.
If you have some downtime, which I think you do with covid stuff and you're ready to polish up your own skill set in life or you want to learn a new skill there's definitely a lot of things that you can go check out. So hopefully this list kinda got your mind going a little bit and I'm trying to encourage you to learn something new during this time of downtime. So I hope that you are all well and all healthy. In terms of what's going on in our world, we are actually building a course for engineers to take their career from engineering to management and if that is something that you want to do, go check it out. We are trying to kick this off if there is any interest in this go sign up for it. And I think there is, we've asked plenty of people and so go check it out.
If you go to civilengineeringacademy.com/cbb you can go and sign up, be the first to hear about it when we launched this thing and really get going on it. And I think it will be fun for you. It's fun for us as we try to help engineers to grow in their field and really become the professionals that they want to be. And so it's going to be good stuff for you. I'm going to take stuff from my own experience and apply it as I have worked in my own career, moving from engineer into management. I've been a supervisor before and moved into project management as well. And so there's just some fun stuff that I feel like would be worthwhile to you. So if that's of any interest to go, check it out again, civilengineeringacademy.com/cbb and go sign up and be the first to hear about it. All right guys, that's going to wrap this up. I hope you have a wonderful day and we will see you in the next one. Bye.
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