Here’s a list of free online classes you can take during quarantine

Published March 27, 2020, 8:24 AM

by MB Lifestyle


The Covid-19 pandemic has been called a “once in a century” event, testing our humanity and could very well change the way we see things. For the people who are able to stay home under the enhanced community quarantine, the days may be going by quite slowly.

We’re not saying it’s wrong to waste your lives away scrolling and counting down the days till you can finally go out again, but maybe, you could use this time to learn something new or hone what skills you already have. If you don’t know where to look (even if you have practically seen every single post about the universe on your timeline today), we’re doing the job for you and all you have to do now is click—and reflect, and get to work. They’re only here for a limited time, so you might as well take advantage of them now.

Tip: The good thing about live classes is that you can still watch old videos you missed through their social media pages.

Learn photography and videography with Fujifilm Academy Online.
Fujifilm PH has launched online free classes to uplift both photography and videography enthusiasts and newbies amid the pandemic. They will be focusing on color grading, product photography, astrophotography (how to take better photos of the moon!), street photography, and more! Fujifilm Academy Online will run until April 13.

You can access it here:

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We heard you, and we’re all in this together! Thank you for letting us know which topics you want to learn while you stay home. Stay tuned on Facebook during the dates and times indicated on the schedule and learn your way through the enhanced community quarantine! Why are we doing this? With the enhanced community quarantine in effect, we are reminded of just how critical it is to support one another during these challenging times. As our little way of uplifting the photography and videography community during these times, we are launching Fujifilm Academy Online– free online lessons that aims to educate our consumers about photography and videography while staying at home. #FUJIFILMPH

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Learn scriptwriting from a master with Ricky Lee’s Writing Workshop.
Award-winning author and playwright Ricky Lee will be hosting a free writing workshop in partnership with the Lockdown Cinema Club for a campaign to raise funds for displaced film workers affected by the pandemic. Pick up a thing or two as he talks about his storytelling style, creative writing process, and personal tips and tricks.

To join, send a letter of intent and a writer’s bio to [email protected] You can only submit until today, March 27, and only 50 slots are available!

Learn the ropes and health benefits of yoga with Down Dog.
Stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and Down Dog, a fitness app, is doing its part to help out. Anyone who wants to practice yoga and meditation at home can do so by downloading all of Down Dog’s apps including Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout for free until May 1. Down Dog is also extending its free access until July 1 for all healthcare professionals.

Download the apps here:  


Learn to dance with your toe through Ballet Manila’s #BalletMinutewithLiza.
If you’ve never tried ballet when you were a kid, now is the time to keep in shape through it and dance away. The renowned prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizaldeis holding 30-minute ballet classes for free, which can be accessible through her Instagram account (@lisamacuja) and Ballet Manila’s Facebook page. Lisa assures that, “It’s not going to be your regular ballet class. Everyone is invited to join. No previous knowledge of ballet is needed.”

You can access it here: 

Online classes are a great way to not only productively fill our days, but also to prepare us for the future. There are a lot of offerings online to sift through in order to find the ones that are worthwhile, so we created a curated list of online courses you could sign up for.

Learn how to manage your stress with Yale University’s Science of Well Being.
Keep anxiety and stress at bay with this free 10-week wellness course designed to make your spirits soar and encourage long-term productive habits. Go through a set of challenges and video contents as Professor Laurie Santosreveals “misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change.”

You can access it here:

Learn first aid from First Aid For Free
This health pandemic has made many of us realize what a debt we owe to our healthcare professionals. Perhaps it has even inspired some of us to find a way to arm ourselves with general health knowledge and first aid techniques. While an online course is in no way a replacement for a practical first aid course, during this quarantine period many of us could benefit from understanding the basics of first aid. First Aid For Free offers a basic online first aid course that provides an introduction to potentially life saving techniques.

Learn a language from The Rosetta Stone
If you, or your child, is a student between Kindergarten and Grade 12, you can use this quarantine time to try and learn a new language! The Rosetta Stone is offering free three-month access to their courses for students affected by school suspensions. This global crisis has made many of us realize how we are truly more similar than different, so try learning how to converse in another language so you can better connect with our fellow man. The languages offered include Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

 Learn coding from freeCodeCamp’s Coronavirus Academy
For the 21st century, the universal language may very well be the language of computers. freeCodeCamp has published an online handbook specifically to aid learners begin their coding journey while in quarantine. It starts with basic HTML and CSS, proceeding to more complex programming languages that the learners can choose from.

Learn investigative journalism from City University of New York
Social media has allowed anybody to essentially break the news. With that power comes great responsibility. While it is everybody’s right to express their opinion on their social media channels, an online seminar on investigative journalism may be a great way for politically active and concerned citizens to understand the values and basic principles behind journalism so that their thoughts can be constructive.

City University of New York offers a free, self-paced online course instructed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post.