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Part 2: Courses I would love to do in 2018 & why?

This is the real thing, I promise!

This year is going to be awesome!

In my pursuit of being a philomatherapist, I have put in major hard work in going through the never-ending list of courses on all MOOC platforms: edX, Coursera, Udacity being the major ones. I will share my top choices for this year and share why I chose it over the many others. If you are new to the world of Moocs or want to know how to make the most of them, take my course: How to transform your life through Online Learning? which demonstrates the power of Moocs.

For a technical person, it can be really confusing to decide what they want to learn next. There are several trends for the upcoming years and it would be great to get on early in any of these. Come on! Check out these technologies and pick one already, will ya?

Future Trends In The Gartner Hype Cycle For Emerging Technologies, 2017

I have earmarked 10 courses for 2018. The Top 6 are the ones I intend to do, one every 2 months. The other 4 are back-ups. In case I hate a course, I’ll just move on the next one on the list.(This is a new principle I plan to adopt, read more about it here) Here are my picks:

1. Entrepreneurship

This is going to be my focus this year. Hence taking a course on this subject makes total sense. Don’t worry, I am not going to go into a ‘make your own pizza pie’ business like Kramer was so optimistic about in Seinfeld.

The mighty Kramer of Seinfeld fame!

Bootcamp MOOC – Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

2. Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality

I put on my first VR headset at the Grace Hopper Conference at the Honeywell booth, where I got a chance to navigate through an Oil & Gas factory. It was so fascinating, and from that moment on I was hooked on the field of Virtual Reality. So much so, I created a basic VR app in a couple of days. I tried a couple of courses on Virtual Reality, but I liked the Udacity one the best.

Become a VR Developer | Udacity

3. Marketing

This year is about working on my website HeisenbugTech and building a brand for it. Hence learning how to market is at the top of my list. I found this amazing list of courses by the people at Buffer. Though I am still looking for that one course recommendation, feel free to suggest a good one if you have one in mind.

37 Free Social Media and Marketing Courses to Elevate Your Skills Today

4. Deep Learning

Deep learning is a relative of machine learning, made possible by advances in computing technology. From coloring black and white photos to adding sound to silent movies, a lot is happening in this field. Check out real world applications in this field and be wowed.

Every Mooc platform has a course on this topic, though I am excited about the one on Coursera which has Andrew Ng as a professor. I took his Machine Learning Course in 2011, and I credit him for teaching me a lot of concepts in the field.

Deep Learning | Coursera

5. Self-Driving Cars

Because in a few years this is going to be a reality and humans won’t be allowed to drive on highways. Isn’t that crazy and really fancy ?

Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree | Udacity

6. Cloud Computing

Most companies that used Mainframe are now moving to Cloud and this trend is going to continue, so understanding the cloud shouldn’t be wishful, rather it should be mandatory.

Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications

7. Blockchain & Bitcoin

With all the hype around Bitcoin and other CryptoCurrency, you can guess why this is in the list of must take courses.

8. Internet of Things

This domain has been on my list for at least 3 years now, the moment I looked at one of the kitchen applications of IoT where the refrigerator would keep track of the items in the fridge and suggest recipes to cook so that the items that were getting bad would be used first. I was working from home at that time, cooking a lot(and learning along the way) and grocery, menu management and dealing with left-overs consumed a lot of my brain cycles. So you can well understand my joy when I saw something like that could come to my rescue.

The kitchen of the future: Appliances that tell you what to cook

To build something like that, all you’ll have to do is take a course on Raspberry Pi or Arduino. Check out the following courses:

9. Quantum Computing

Because this will increase the power of current systems exponentially and make possible ideas that are waiting for advances in computing to happen.

MIT Quantum Computing Curriculum

10. For the absolute beginner to Web Development

I have never picked up full-stack web development skills. That’s the reason this course looks appealing to me — to fill out the missing pieces in my skillset. This is a full course that teaches you not only HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, and Angular, but also Azure(think cloud) and DevOps so you can take your career to a new level.

Microsoft Professional Program in Front-End Web Development

These are my Top 10 courses, what are you itching to learn this year? What’s the one course you absolutely want to have learnt when 31st December, 2018 comes? Drop in your choice of course in the comments section and why! Research says when you write down your goals, you end up achieving them, so let it all out, what are you waiting for?

I am guessing you came in here after reading the first post in this series. In case you haven’t, head over there for some entertainment. It’s a rant where I talk about my love for learning, taking courses and other things.

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