Summer of Learning: Cheap Online Classes for Adults

Posted on 06/05/2013

If you feel like working on more than your tan this summer, check out these cheap, and in some cases free, online classes for adults. You can spend the next three months working out your brain, learning a new skill or taking an interest to the next level. And you'll actually have a cool response when someone asks you how you spent your summer.

Shakespeare Course
Everyone can attend Harvard-- not just those with enough money or the right connections. Take an ivy league class this summer for free with Harvard's open learning initiative. Study Shakespeare's later plays beginning with Measure for Measure and ending with The Tempest.

Introduction to Finance
Enroll in a free Introduction to Finance course taught by University of Michigan professor Gautam Kaul. Head to to enroll in the 15-week long class.

Makeup Lessons
Whether you dream of working backstage at a fashion show or just figuring out how to perfect a smoky eye, an online makeup lesson will help. Head to to build your credentials and know-how in the world of makeup artistry.

Mapping With Google
If computers are more your thing, check out the free two-week Mapping With Google course. Discover new ways to navigate the world around you with Google Maps and Google Earth. Taught by two Google Maps Production Managers, everyone who completes a project using Google Maps, Google Earth or both earns a certificate of completion.

Swimming Lessons
Swimming may seem like something you can't learn on a computer, but when it comes to fundamentals of how to teach swimming to your kids, that can be learned online. Head to for free classes that show you how to teach children of all ages how to swim. From safety fundamentals to stroke development, you can learn how to become a swim instructor this summer.

By Alison Storm

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