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LinkedIn’s 20 most popular courses in 2022 are all free to take right now

By | Jennifer Liu |

Millions of people are taking online courses to level up their goal-setting, communication and technical skills this year, according to LinkedIn Learning, which recently released its top 20 most popular classes of 2022 so far.

The e-learning platform says some 7.3 million people have tuned into the top classes on the site — nearly double the audience during the same time period last year.

The most popular course, a 34-minute series on goal-setting taught by Google people development expert Jessie Withers, teaches learners how to set and reach strategic objectives with their teams — an important skillset at any time but perhaps even more so as companies respond to mounting economic pressures.

Interest in e-learning spiked during Covid with people stuck at home, and it remains high. According to LinkedIn Learning user data, users are logging on in droves to learn both soft skills (especially around communication and teamwork) and technical ones (like Excel, Python and SQL). Notably, economists say some of the most “recession-proof” skills include communication, flexibility and project management.

LinkedIn Learning is making its top 20 most popular courses of the year free to access through Aug. 31. Here’s what’s available:

1. Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)

Instructor: Jessie Withers

Course description: Understand the power of strategic goals through how to set, manage and measure OKRs. 

2. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365)

Instructor: Dennis Taylor

Course description: Learn basic Excel skills such as organizing data and performing calculations with simple functions, then preview intermediate skills like building charts, PivotTables and more. 

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