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Top 25 online courses in Australia – June 2020

If you’re struggling to find the right course to suit your needs, here is a list of the top 25 courses among our Australian visitors.

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Australia is the 3rd-largest destination for international students, after the UK and US. The climate, thriving cities, and employment opportunities draw people from around the world.

Whether you already live in Australia or would like to sample some of the universities before committing to a full degree, online learning is a great way to get certifications from Australia’s top universities and to boost your career prospects within the country. 

If you’re struggling to find the right course to suit your needs, here is a list of the top 25 courses among our Australian visitors.

 1. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has defined 2020, and countries around the world have struggled to prevent the spread of the illness throughout their populations. While some countries have been able to re-open and reduce their infection rate, it is still a battle being fought in both hemispheres.

This course was created in March by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to help both health workers and the general public understand the illness and prevent infections. It has been one of our most popular courses this year, and is rated 4.8 out of 5 by our global learners. 

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2. Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition

One in five Australians between the ages of 16-85 experience mental health issues in any year. While therapy and medication are common and important interventions to help reduce instances of poor mental health, there is also a link between diet and improved mood. This course explores that link and provides learners with the tools they need to improve their diets and their own wellbeing. 

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3. Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

A large proportion of Australians have reported that stress has impacted both their physical and mental health, with 72% saying that it’s had a physical impact according to the Australian Psychological Society. Mindfulness is a way to reduce stress and improve performance on a practical and daily basis. This course has been designed to help reduce stress, improve memory and learning, and even improve relationships through mindful daily actions. 

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4. Online Jazz Piano: Begin with the Blues

Learning to play an instrument online is a flexible and far cheaper way to enjoy a fulfilling and creative hobby. Whether you are learning from scratch or rediscovering the piano after playing as a child, this course takes you through playing the blues in play-along exercises and teaches you how to improvise as well. 

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5. Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive at Work

Periodic stress is a normal part of any career, but resilience is what allows you to get through stressful situations without negative impacts on your overall wellbeing. Building resilience is its own skill, and requires thoughtful engagement with your situation and structured self-care to ensure that you do not burn out. This course has been created to give you the skills you need to build resilience and thrive within your career. 

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6. Transforming Digital Learning: Learning Design Meets Service Design

Online learning is a growing field with huge potential for the future. Recent events have forced universities, colleges, and schools to move classes online, but what does that mean for the future and how will learning continue to be delivered in 2021 and beyond? This course provides a grounding in how people learn online and why, examining key roles in learning design and giving you concrete strategies to develop your online learning practice. 

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7. Food as Medicine

Good nutrition is fundamental to good health, and can even control or alleviate chronic diseases. This course is designed to look at nutrition and how it affects the gut, the brain, fertility, pregnancy, and our genome. It’s suitable for the general public and for healthcare professionals who would like evidence-based information to support dietary recommendations for patients. 

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8. How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students

While different states have taken different approaches to schools closing or re-opening, a lot of teachers and lecturers have had to pivot online for safety and continuity. This course was designed by our online learning experts to provide practical guidance for educators in response to coronavirus closures and the urgency of moving online. 

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9. A History of Royal Fashion

Royal dress may look quite conservative now, but for 500 years they have been at the forefront of influencing fashion trends. This course from the Historic Royal Palaces looks at 5 royal dynasties and their sartorial choices. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience, just the time and an interest in the subject. 

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10. Caring for Older People: A Partnership Model

Older people make up a significant and growing portion of Australia’s population, in 2017 15% of Australians were over 65, and this is set to grow to 18% in 2027. The challenges of caring for an ageing population are being felt the world over – this course reviews the options for effective care and helps to create practical strategies for respectful and collaborative models for care. 

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11. Teaching English Online

If you’re looking for a new career option or would like to expand your teaching or tutoring options, online learning is a growing industry. Students worldwide are looking to improve their English to open career and movement opportunities, and you could help them. 

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12. Teaching Students Who Have Suffered Complex Trauma

Complex trauma impacts the physical, emotional and psychological development of children. It’s important for teachers to have an understanding of these impacts and how to ensure that their classroom environment, teaching practices, and disciplinary tactics are designed to minimise harm. This 2-week course covers the ground you need to understand and adjust to promote positive learning and development. 

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13. Leading Strategic Innovation: How to Lead with Purpose

Identify and define your leadership purpose and develop your strategic thinking to avoid drift. This course is helpful for anybody moving into or already within a leadership position and wanting to effect strategic change. 

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14. Preparing to Succeed: A Quick and Easy Guide to Postgraduate Study and Life at Deakin

Deakin is in the top 1% of universities worldwide, and in MOOC rankings the university is 8th worldwide and number 1 in Australia. The university offers a range of courses online as well as pathways to study both online and on campus. This course is a great primer to help you succeed in your postgraduate study and gain a full understanding of the options at Deakin University. 

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15. Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

The Australian fashion industry is worth $28.5 billion Australian dollars and is home to a large range of luxury brands and labels. This course was created to provide learners with an introduction to the issues and agendas within sustainable fashion. Rated 4.9 out of 5, it is aimed at people working within fashion or in fashion education. 

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16. Infant Nutrition: From Breastfeeding to Baby’s First Solids

New parents are often overloaded with information from multiple sources, covering everything from how you should quiet a crying baby (or not) through to swaddling. Few areas are as fraught as infant nutrition. This course takes you through babies’ and toddlers’ nutritional requirements and the different ways to meet them – whether that’s through breastfeeding or formula. It compares nutritional guidelines from around the world to give you a full picture of the current evidence and walks you through the process of introducing solid food. 

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17. COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application

Healthcare workers and patients around the world continue to fight COVID-19 as countries still work to contain the illness. This course is designed for healthcare professionals on the front line to guide them through COVID-19 specific critical care, the daily practice of care, and the importance of ongoing self-care and wellbeing while dealing with the pandemic. 

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18. Logical and Critical Thinking

Logical thinking rarely comes naturally to people – learning this essential skill can help you in everything from assessing who to vote for, through to problem-solving at work. This course helps you to avoid thinking errors, build proper arguments for your position, and provides you with the tools to analyse arguments that you see and hear. Rated 4.8 out of 5. 

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19. What is Leadership?

Leadership exists across different areas of life, but the qualities it requires can be difficult to define. This course looks at leadership, how it differs from management, and how to become an effective leader. 

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20. Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

While few have been able to visit the eternal city during the coronavirus lockdowns, a lot of our learners have chosen to tour the ancient city online. This course takes you through ancient Roman culture and how it’s reflected in the architecture, from religion and politics through to ‘bread and circuses’, and how entertainment reinforced power for Rome’s rulers. 

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21. Understanding IELTS

The IELTS test is internationally renowned as one of the most widely-used English language tests. People from non-Anglophone countries often need to take this test to live, work, and remain in English-speaking countries. This program from the British Council reviews the reading, writing, speaking, and listening areas of the test so that you have the best chance of success. 

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22. Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Selling yourself properly is a completely separate skill from being good at your job. People with these skills are more likely to be hired, promoted, and rewarded for their work because they know how to present it in a way that resonates with their audience. Whether you’re looking for a change or just recognition, this course can help you be noticed. 

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23. An Introduction to Screenwriting

It looks like a lot of Australians want to see their work on the screen or stage – or just want a creative outlet. Whether you’re planning to take it further or just want to work through some ideas, this introduction to screenwriting will take you through everything you need to finish your first draft. 

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24. The Scottish Highland Clans: Origins, Decline, and Transformation

Around 10% of Australians identify as having Scottish ancestry. Captain Cook, who made the first recorded European contact with Australia, was the son of a Scottish farmer so the two countries have a very long-standing bond. If you’d like to explore your Scottish roots (or if you’re just interested in history), this course is for you. 

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25. Collaborative Working in a Remote Team

Working from home has been a boon and a bane for the last few months. While plenty of people have enjoyed the very casual dress and lack of commute, it has also been difficult to keep in touch with remote teams and a lot of people have missed the casual chat and catch ups that happen through close proximity. This course was created to help smooth out those cracks and learn strategies for better remote working. 

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