Whether you’re trying to get used to working from home, looking to educate yourself on a long-held passion, or just wanting to learn something new, there’s probably an online course right up your alley. Here are a few of the creative classes out there waiting to inspire you and enrich your life.
Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking
Within the world of online, specialist-led educational courses, it’s hard to deny that MasterClass is the reigning champion. So, it only makes sense that the reigning champion of celebrity chefs, Gordon Ramsay, hosted two sets of classes on the platform. If you’re worried that he’ll throw you into the deep end by asking you to temperature gauge meat by touch, perfectly sear a wildly expensive diver scallop, or blast through the screen to call you a donut, you can safely take a deep breath.
Instead, the perpetually creased Scotsman — who currently holds a staggering seven Michelin stars — starts with the basics and doesn’t stray too far away from them. You can expect to learn entry-level knife skills, how to make flawless scrambled eggs, and how to properly set up your mise en place. But fear not: He will also let you know how to cook his legendary Beef Wellington.
Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation
Unless you’re determined to pay MasterClass’ price of admission, there’s no reason to avoid reputable free services. For instance, The University of Queensland Australia offers an online course called “Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation.” According to Michelle Santiago Cortés from Artsy, the program “offers an introduction to design thinking, a problem-solving methodology that involves setting aside assumptions in order to develop solutions.”
The whole idea behind the course is to teach participants problem-solving skills and to frame the process around creativity rather than a black-and-white, binary mentality. The class only lasts for 10 weeks, covering topics ranging from “mistaken beliefs about creativity and why they're dangerous” to “how diversity and collaboration through networks support the creativity process.” If you want to infuse your day-to-day work with a little bit of well-directed creativity, it might be worth a look.
Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing
Unsurprisingly, MasterClass has returned for a second appearance on this list. This time, though, it’s for a different medium. Most of us have stories to tell, but many of us don’t know how to translate thoughts into words. That’s where Malcolm Gladwell — the mind behind revered books like “Outliers,” “The Tipping Point,” and “David and Goliath” — comes in.
Towards the beginning of the class’ trailer, Gladwell says, “You can find gold in the smallest of details if you’re willing to be patient.” He continues on to say, “We’re going to talk about suspense, structure, research, humility, characters, puzzles, and semicolons.” The course covers everything from how to conduct effective research to building stories to the appropriate times to deploy humor and melancholy.
The internet is a remarkable resource for many reasons, not the least of which is its ability to grant us knowledge, direct from the mouths — and minds — of experts. If you’re interested in learning a new skill, consider checking out one of these courses, or find one that matches your interests.