There can be many reasons to take an online course. Online courses can be a cheap and more comfortable alternative for a profesional course (based in some workshop center), language course, private hobby lessons or even a university equivalent. More and more people uses online services to catch-up some essential knowledge which somehow disappeared since the time of formal education. So if you’re still not sure whether take a course or not, see what are possible reasons to do so.
Learn a new skill
Online courses are a great way to develop a new skill. Whether this is a making a infographic (Coursera or Udemy course), or learning how to play a ukulele (link), you won’t always find time for face2face lessons or stationary course. E-learning services make possible to learn anything you want, anytime you want. All you need is a notebook or a smartphone.
Learning new things are also good to your well-being. Research shows that learning throughout life is associated with greater satisfaction and optimism, and improved ability to get the most from life. (Field, John, 2012). Simple activities like taking a language course or even some micro-short course can make a positive impact on your life. So – can it be worth trying?
Develop a hobby
Now, thanks to online learning you don’t have to spend hours in traffic to get to your music lessons. I know – it can be hard to learn playing piano from videos, but the whole process of auto-education is enormously satisfying. You can take course from the Oxford University or learn how to play chess. You can learn how to edit a video and publish it on the YouTube. Possibilities are almost endless.
Catch up something you’ve forgotten
Human mind keeps forgetting information gained in the past. I think it’s nothing unusual that without repetition, we are doomed to forget many things we worked so hard to remember. But now, using online education you can refresh even most basic school knowledge.
It is especially useful in situations where our lack of knowledge and skills is stopping us from engage in some interesting subjects. Personally, I love to going back to things I was good at school and – even advance in those topics. Especially, since right know I think that I have more possibilities than I used to think in the past (I plan to write another post about it). The service ideal for the described appliance is KhanAcademy.
Speak, read, listen and write in a new language
Language schools and courses as well as private tutoring, are very popular. It is obvious that the language knowledge is a useful competence not only during holiday, but also in work and in a global village. Traditional, stationary language courses frequently are in distant places, during uncomfortable hours. There are more and more places, where you can take a cheap or even free language course, learn through mobile app, listen to podcasts, watch videos, comment blogs and tumblrs. The idea of sitting under the blanket with warm cup of tea and do fun language course sounds better than going through heavy traffic during evening hours, right?
Meet new people and learn from them
I know that this point may sounds kind of strange here. We don’t often necessary associate online courses with human contact. But in some cases, the first thought can be a mistake. Some communities of online courses can provide a vivid and lively discussion about the topic of the course and similar topics. It is worth to check whether the course you’re signing to is a popular topic of online discussions. It is also worth checking if course has it’s own Facebook group or maybe the lecturer is really immersed in topic and willing to contact you. The good example of that course is Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects. Even after you finish your course, you can still count on great newsletter on Friday! Very simple and great fun!
Who would have known that one can have so many reasons to take up online courses. What are yours? Let me know in the section comments or through social media.
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