Sunday, May 1, 2022

FREE courses and resources

I woke up this morning and saw an ad in my social media feed. It was for a "FREE" digital marketing course. And I was so excited. Someone wanted to teach me to improve my digital marketing for FREE!

Sounds so awesome.

I was ready to sign up.

Until I discovered the $150 registration fee. Making it decidedly NOT free. Not overly expensive, but still not free.

Now, that doesn't mean that a course with a fee isn't worth it - it might be. And people pay varying amounts of money for different kinds of training. But I didn't like the marketing tactic of "here's something free" that then asked me to pay.

So I decided to dig a little deeper and find what's free out there. And discovered that we can ALL access a lot of TRULY FREE courses, by accessing Google Digital Workshop. My initial search showed me that 156 courses are available! One, the Digital Marketing Course, has a cost-free certificate. The others are courses without certificates, it seems.

To get started, I clicked the "Register" button and then used an automatic "login with your Google account" option. Most of us have Google accounts, so this is super easy.

It looks like the courses are all available to do at your own pace. You don't need to be available at a certain time to hear a lecture or attend a workshop, which is really good for people like me with a constantly changing schedule.

I'm really excited about finding this free knowledge base that is available to anyone who wants to use it! What an amazing resource! Thanks, Google!

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