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Learning from Home

Four Ways to Pursue an Online Education While You Shelter in Place

If you’re like millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, you’re probably sheltering in place right now, which means you’re learning how to do things like work, exercise and socialize while isolated at home. The transition was quick, and while everyone’s focus should be on staying healthy and safe, it’s also important to not forget to continue to develop your professional abilities so that your résumé and skill set stay healthy, too.

Here are four options to help you stay on top of your professional game while maintaining social distance.

1. Earn an Online Certificate

From accounting to winemaking, we offer a diverse range of award-winning online programs that focus on skills that employers look for. These programs consist of fully produced, original content that was designed, developed and released specifically for online consumption. And our online learning platform, Canvas, makes accessing lectures and assignments, as well as interacting with fellow students and your instructor, easy.

2. Take an Individual Class or Two

Free Online Information Sessions

Want to learn more about a specific program we offer? Sign up for one of our online information sessions. Staff and instructors will be on-hand to talk about program curriculum, learning outcomes and answer your questions. Sign up today.

If you’re not ready to commit to a full certificate program yet, then you could also take an individual class. Almost all of our 14 areas of study have some online learning options available, and—as part of our effort to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic—many of our traditionally in-person programs, like Land Use and Natural Resources, are currently developing remote learning options to help meet our students’ learning needs while at home.

3. Explore Our No-Cost (or Low-Cost) Training on Coursera

If time is at a premium or funds are tight, but you still want to learn career-relevant training, then one of our classes offered on the Coursera learning platform might be a great option. With subjects ranging from data visualization to web development, these self-paced courses give you the flexibility to learn on your schedule, while also offering in-demand skills. And, best of all, most of the individual classes are free!

4. Dip Your Toe in a Subject of Interest with a Free Online Sample Lesson

Finally, if you’d just like to get a sneak peek of what one of our online lectures is like, you can watch one of eight free sample lessons we’ve made available on our website (with more on the way). It’s a great way to preview an online course, and you’ll learn something, too!

So, no matter what your needs and bandwidth are for professional development, with UC Davis a quality education is only a few mouse clicks away.

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