Learning about technology can seem like a daunting task. Where should you start? Worse still, it can look horribly complicated to an outsider. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. Technology isn’t just about coding. From user focused design, to the ethics of machines, technology is a subject with something for everyone. For those of you looking to expand your horizons, we’ve put together a list of courses and institutions. Better still, everything is free!

edX – free tech courses from Harvard and MIT

In 2012, Harvard and MIT founded edX, an online learning portal offering free education. As you would expect from these institutions, the courses are great. Whilst programming isn’t the be all and end all of computers, a knowledge of coding is pretty handy. edX offer an introduction to computer science, with some basic Python coding skills. The course is taught through a series of lecture videos. They also offer supplementary quizzes to make sure you’re soaking up all that knowledge.

For those of you looking for something more niche, check out the edX website. From DevOps to Big Data, edX have a number of self paced free courses.

Become a Data Scientist with Udacity

As we mentioned last week, we predict the rise of the Data Scientist in the legal sector. But if that term still leaves you cold, then perhaps a course at Udacity can help. Data analytics is becoming one of the most important new skills in a firm. From building a fee quote to identifying profitable activities, the answers lie in your data. However digging out that information is the tough part. The courses at Udacity break down the art of data analysis into bitesize chunks. If you’re looking for a good place to start, we suggest the free ‘Intro to Data Analysis‘.

Udacity also offer reasonably priced paid courses for more in depth study. Prices start at about 500 USD per course. Head here for a full list of courses.

TU Delft & (communicating) the ethics of technology

Not everyone enjoys STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) subjects. But for those of you who prefer humanities, fear not. Technology courses still may be of interest. Delft Technical University, on our home ground, offer something different to the usual STEM based syllabus. Try the ‘Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology‘ course. From self driving cars to nanotechnology, you can debate the ethics of the next wave of technology. Alternatively, try ‘IMAGE | ABILITY – Visualizing the Unimaginable‘. The course is designed to help you communicate technical concepts with ease to laypeople. Finally, you’ll be able to explain an innovation to a technophobe with ease!

Deep learning and neural networks at Coursera

AI is clearly the buzzword of the moment. In the world of legal tech, it regularly features in panels, debates and discussions. But if you want to know more, then we suggest you head to Coursera. They offer a deep learning specialisation which focuses on the many ways machines can learn. Fair warning, this course does require some knowledge of Python and data structures. However they also have a data structures specialisation if you’re not quite there yet. For those of you with the necessary skills, the course goes into fantastic detail about neural networks and structuring machine learning.

Data Analysis with Springboard

A new addition to this list arrives in the form of Springboard. Springboard offer a whole range of fantastic data science courses for free online. Their graduates now work everywhere from Samsung to Google to IBM. If you’re unsure what sort of course is right for you, you can even take their handy quiz to get some guidance. At Clocktimizer we love Big Data, so we definitely have our sights on the Data Analysis course.

This list is by no means a definitive guide to what is on offer. Many universities now provide free online courses alongside their paid syllabus. We suggest you get online and start searching. If you have any great suggestions for unique technology courses, we’d love to hear about them. Tweet us @clocktimizer or drop us an email with tips!