code-for-a-living April 27, 2020

Build your technical skills at home with online learning

Looking to expand your expertise as you stay home and safe? We’ve compiled a list of online technical training and certification programs to help you sharpen your skills, chart a new career path, or earn a certification. Bonus: Many are running special offers and promotions during this time.
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Over the last several weeks, the team here at Stack Overflow has been working hard to lend a virtual hand to the developer and technical community. We know many of you are busy balancing work and family during this time, and we’ve provided tips and resources to help you work remotely, stay connected with co-workers, and defend yourself against coronavirus scams—just to name a few. 

If you find yourself wanting to expand your knowledge and expertise as you stay home and stay safe, we’re here for you too. Whether you want to sharpen your skill set, chart a new career path, or earn a certification, we’ve compiled a list of online technical training programs that can support your goals. Some are partners you may see across our sites, others we’ve discovered through our own research. 

To help you find just the right program, we’ve provided the company name, link to their website, technical training programs available, and any special offers or promotions they may be extending to users at this time.   

Please note: This blog post provides links to non-Stack Overflow websites that provide additional information on this topic. This post is not an endorsement of these sites or the information they contain. By clicking the links below, you will leave Stack Overflow. 

Udacity

Programs: Data Science, AI, Programming, Autonomous Systems, Cloud Computing

Special offer/promotion: “Stay Sharp While Staying In. Make the most out of your time at home! Discover tips and tricks for online learning. Get technology solutions to keep you in a growth mindset while working from home or stuck at home during this pandemic. Free access for 30 days for a limited time.”

IBM Data Science 

Program: IBM’s Data Science and AI Specialist and Professional Certificate

Special offer/promotion: “Get the 1st month complimentary on any of IBM’s Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Specialization and Professional Certificate subscriptions on Coursera when you join IBM’s Data Science Community.”

AWS Training & Certification

Programs: Certifications include Solutions Architect – Professional or Associate, DevOps Engineer – Professional, SysOps Admin – Associate, Developer – Associate, Cloud Practitioner, Advanced Networking, Machine Learning, Security, Alexa Skill Builder, Data Analytics, and Database; Learning Paths include Advanced Networking, Alexa Skill Builder, Architect, Cloud Practitioner, Data Analytics (Big Data), Databases, Developer, DevOps Engineer, Game Tech, Machine Learning, Media Services, Operations, Media Services, Operations, Security, Storage

Brilliant.org

Programs: Computer Science, as well as other math and science courses

Special offer/promotion: Free trial is available

Cloud Academy

Programs: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, DevOps, Programming, Cloud Migration, Security, Serverless, Big Data, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing Fundamentals, Certifications, Business Management, Containers, Partner Ecosystem

Special offer/promotion: “Until June 1, get four great courses from the Training Library, as well as two Hands-on Labs and a Lab Challenge for free.”

Codecademy

Programs: Web Development, Programming, Data Science, Design, Game Development

Special offer/promotion: “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed just about every aspect of our lives. Amidst all this uncertainty, we believe that learning to code can not only provide a welcome distraction—it can also empower people to gain control over their circumstances. We want your help to get to our donation goal of 100,000 memberships. So starting now, we’ll be matching every membership purchase with five membership donations. Due to COVID-19’s impact on the economy, we’ll be focusing our donation efforts on people who have had their employment impacted by the pandemic. We hope that by providing access to our full library of courses and resources we can help people continue to grow and develop their careers in these challenging times.”

Coursera

Programs: Computer Science (software development, mobile/web development, Algorithms, Computer Security and Networks, Design and Product), Data Science (Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Probability & Statistics), Information Technology (Cloud Computing, Security, Data Management, Networking, Support and Operations)

Special offer/promotion: Through May 31, 2020, “a selection of courses is completely free for anyone, anywhere so it’s easier to keep learning. While many courses on Coursera are already available for free without a certificate, this promotion enables you to not only access lectures and quizzes, but also to earn a free certificate for courses that offer them.” 

Cybrary

Programs: Cybersecurity, IT, Cloud, Data Science, DevSec Ops

Dr. Duino

Programs: Rapid learning and prototyping platforms for anyone interested in electronics

Special offer/promotion: “Become an Arduino master, faster. Get the Dr. Duino starter kit for only $59.”

Edx

Programs: Computer Science, Data Analysis & Statistics, Design

Full Stack Academy

Programs: Full-time and part-time flex coding bootcamps, Web development fellowships, Cybersecurity bootcamp

FutureLearn

Programs: AI and Robotics, Business Technology, Coding and Programming, Cyber security, Game development

Special offer/Promotion: “At FutureLearn, our goal is to provide everyone with access to learning, no matter where they are or what their circumstances. This has never been more important than during the coronavirus pandemic. As well as building free courses for health workers responding to COVID-19, we’ve been working hard to open as many of our courses as possible so that people can keep learning, stay motivated, and feel productive. We’ve created a collection of completely free courses to help professionals upskill in all aspects of their career and dive into new industries they’re curious about. These courses have been designed by world-leading business schools, innovative tech organisations, and top universities, and provide the skills required to excel in everything from product design to R programming. All of our courses invite discussion and comments on every step of the course, so learners can stay socially connected, whilst keeping socially distant. Online training is the go-to option for those looking to develop their professional skillset and keep their career moving forward during lockdown. We’ll continue to do all we can to open up learning opportunities for everyone, whatever their personal or professional needs.”

Free Code Camp

Programs: Responsive web design, JavaScript algorithms and data structures, Front end libraries, Data visualization, APIs and microservices, Information security and quality assurance

General Assembly

Programs: Software engineering, User experience, Data science, Front-end web development, Product management, Data analytics, Visual design, Python programming, JavaScript development, React development

Special offer/promotion: “Free Fridays—a 100% free lineup of our favorite workshops, updated weekly.”

Linux Academy

Programs: Cloud, AWS, Linux, Google Cloud, Azure, Security, DevOps, Containers, Big Data

Special offer/promotion: Free trial of full-access paid plans available

LinkedIn Learning

Programs: Cloud computing, Data science, Database management, DevOps, IT help desk, Mobile development, Network and system administration, Security, Software development, Web development, Programming languages, Big data

Special offer/promotion: 1-month free trial available

Microsoft Learning

Programs: Courses for .NET, Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Graph, Office, Power Platform, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Windows; Certifications for Developer, Administrator, Solutions Architect, Data Engineer, Data Scientist, AI Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Security Engineer and Functional Consultant

MongoDB University

Programs: MongoDB administration and use for both developers and DBAs.

Pluralsight

Programs: Software Development, IT Ops, Data Professional, Information & Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning/AI

Special offer/promotion: “Stay home. Skill up. Build in-demand tech skills without leaving your house. Get free access to 7,000+ expert-led video courses and more the month of April.”

Oracle University – Cloud Infrastructure & Autonomous Database

Program: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure & Oracle Autonomous Database certification

Special offer/promotion: “Oracle University is now offering free access to online learning content and certifications for a broad array of users for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database until May 15, 2020.”

Oracle University – Digital Courses

Programs: Cloud Training & Certification (Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS), Products and Technology Training & Certification (Database, Java/Dev Tech, Applications, Business Intelligence, Middleware, Enterprise Management, Industries, Operating Systems, Systems, Virtualization)

Special offer/promotion: “Expand your knowledge on all things Oracle from the comfort of your home. Save 30% on all Oracle University Digital Courses until May 31, 2020. Use code: PROMO-DIGITALMONTH.”

Quantic

Programs: Accredited executive MBA available on your mobile device

Special offer/promotion: “Take your leadership skills to the next level while building connections in a global community of high-achieving classmates and alumni. Our premier 12-month degree program is designed for the mid-career professional, integrating collaborative group projects with our rigorous MBA curriculum, enhanced with specializations in management, leadership, entrepreneurship and advanced strategy.”

SkillShare

Programs: Graphic Design, UI/UX, Web Development

Special offer/promotion: “New Members get first 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free”

Studio3T

Programs: MongoDB 101

Udemy

Programs: IT Certification, Network & Security, Hardware, Operating Systems, DevOps, Kubernetes, Python, Docker, Data structures, Ansible, Microsoft Azure, AWS certification, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional

Know an online training or certification program that we should consider for our list? Mention it in the comments, and we’ll get them added here. 

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