Online Courses


Welcome to our online course recommendations page!

We're starting a webinar series! Check out the announcement here for more information.

In addition, we also have recommendations for great online courses via platforms like Coursera, EdX, and MITx.

If you've taken any of these (or other) online courses through the above platforms, or if you've tried out other platforms, let us know what you liked and what you didn't like by emailing Chrispine at crl2 (at) williams (dot) edu. Your feedback is really valuable to us for knowing what to recommend.

Our Go-to Websites for Online Courses

IDEAS has brought together a calendar with all the virtual seminars related to development that it can find.

Check it out here!

Our Latest Recommendations

Online course in photography, starting from the basics

If you’re looking to get your mind off work, or want to spend some time learning a hobby, why not check out this online course offered through Michigan State on photography? Doesn’t matter if you have a smartphone or the fanciest Nikon, this course will get you up and running, ready to explore the world around you, no matter how much or little room you’ve got.

Online course: Child Nutrition and Cooking

If you’re stuck at home, why not try cooking some new things and deepening your knowledge of how to feed your kid with this free Coursera course, offered by Stanford University?

Online learning: “Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems”

This online course, taught by Raj Chetty, discusses using big data to solve economic problems. It’s targeted at someone without a background in economics or statistics, and is offered through Opportunity Insights in collaboration with Harvard University

Online Learning: “The Science of Well-Being”

Have you been feeling a little “off” with all the upheaval? If you have time on your hands, you might want to check out this course, to learn a little more about the science behind well-being. The course is free, and is estimated to take about 18 hours to complete.