Cracked Recommends: 15 Online Courses To Kill Some Time
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Nobody's forcing you to go back to school anymore, so your brain has probably atrophied into a puddle of mushy, congealed melted cheese. Once upon a time, you could get a great education through real-world experience, but have you seen the real world these days? Everybody with an internet connection thinks they're a world-renowned expert on politics, medicine, sandwich taxonomy, etc. Quality education is more sacred than ever, so if you're looking for ways to kill time, don't fall down the Reddit hole. Take an online course instead. We've rounded up a bunch of great ideas for you right here, and they're an additional 40% off with code VIP40 this week only!
Stop spending entire long weekends playing video games. Make your own instead! It can be done. This comprehensive bundle introduces you to Unity, one of today's leading game engines, and shows you how to build your own games from scratch so you can give something back to the game world instead of strictly suckling from it.
Playing the piano is sexy. Just think how damn hot it would be on a stormy evening to stumble in from the rain into a smoky speakeasy where it just happens to be open mic night, getting up on the stage, and ripping out some sultry piano riffs. That dream starts here.
Okay, so picture the previous scenario, but this time, you're with your friends (including the one you like-like) around a beach bonfire, and the conversation's getting dull, so you whip out the trusty instrument and start strumming. The only way you could screw that up is by playing "Wonderwall," but luckily, this course takes you far beyond that.
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of objects embedded with sensors, software, and other tech that makes them smart. If that all sounds like gibberish, don't worry -- this bundle, much like Clarissa, will explain it all. For consumer purposes, Raspberry Pi is one of the top IoT programming boards on the planet, so before you know it, you'll be creating all kinds of interesting smart technologies right from your little hobbit hole.
Sale Price: $45
Big Data is booming as everyone's trying to make a buck off everyone else's information. Might as well make your own buck. In this nine-course bundle, you'll get up to speed with some of today's top Big Data analytical tools so you can become a bigwig data analyst or just scare people with your particular set of skills.
Ethical hackers get paid to break into corporate networks and expose vulnerabilities. Pretty cool, right? With this program, you'll learn exactly how to hack the virtuous planet.
These days, it's pretty weird if you don't have a podcast. In this bundle, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started, from the equipment you'll need to audio mixing to publishing and marketing your podcast so people stop calling you The Silence and No-Opinion Minion. Really, they're not even good nicknames.
If you're not quite as confident your podcast will be a huge hit, you can save some money by getting this slightly shorter, less expensive bundle. But seriously: We believe in you.
Not really sure exactly where to start with your coding journey? Cast a wide net with this 12-course bundle. You'll get more than 120 hours of training on web and software development, cybersecurity, coding for Alexa, and much more.
Sale Price: $59
So you want to go beyond Unity? The School of Game Design offers more than 120 hours of video training on 2-D and 3-D game creation. You'll also master computer modeling and animation techniques and get unlimited access to royalty-free game art and textures. Then just sit back and watch all that indie dev money and adulation roll in.
Stop depending on others to drop the beat and drop them yourself once you've finished this nine-course bootcamp. You'll get up to speed with leading digital audio workstations (DAWs) Ableton and Logic Pro X, learning how to produce music and DJ live sets. There's even a guide on music distribution if you're feeling hungry.
Sale Price: $299.99
If you're the kind of person who has such an insatiable appetite for acquiring abilities that it's starting to concern your loved ones, StackSkills Unlimited is the ultimate online learning destination, with more than 1,000 premium online courses on coding, design, marketing, and much more. You can learn whatever you want, whenever you want from some of the world's top instructors, at least until the intervention.
You could go back to school and pursue a computer science degree, or you could take these courses for $60. This massive bundle includes more than 270 hours of training from the web's top instructors on web development, data science, software engineering, and so much more. And hey, you can always throw your own keggers.
Sale Price: $89
CompTIA is the leading certifying body for IT professionals. In this massive bundle, you'll get training to ace 14 certification exams on your first try and impress a very specific category of people.
Who cares about a piece of paper? With this course, you'll learn almost everything you would in an MBA program from an award-winning business school professor and accomplished venture capitalist who combines academia and real-world experience so you can start the next AltaVista, Theranos, or you know, something actually good.
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