There can be many reasons to take an online course. Online courses can be a cheap and more comfortable alternative for a professional course (based in some workshop center), language course, private hobby lessons, or even a university equivalent. More and more people use online services to catch up with some essential knowledge that somehow disappeared since formal education. So if you’re still not sure whether take a course or not, see what possible reasons to do so are.

Learn a new skill

Online courses are a great way to develop a new skill. Whether this is making an infographic (Coursera or Udemy course) or learning how to play the ukulele (link), you won’t always find time for face2face lessons or stationary courses. E-learning services make it possible to learn anything you want, anytime you want. All you need is a notebook or a smartphone.

Learning new things is also good for 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 positively impact 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 to play piano from videos, but the whole process of auto-education is enormously satisfying. You can take a course from the Oxford University or learn how to play chess. You can learn how to edit a video and publish it on YouTube. Possibilities are almost endless.

Catch up something you’ve forgotten

The human mind keeps forgetting information gained in the past. I think it’s nothing unusual that we are doomed to fail many things we worked so hard to remember without repetition. But now, using online education, you can refresh even the most basic school knowledge.
It is beneficial in situations where our lack of knowledge and skills stops us from engaging in interesting subjects. I love going back to things I was good at at school and – even advancing in those topics. Especially since right now, I think that I have more possibilities than I used to believe in the past (I plan to write another post about it). The service ideal for the described appliance is KhanAcademy.

Photo by Dmitri Popov on Unsplash
Photo by Dmitri Popov on Unsplash

Speak, read, listen and write in a new language

Language schools and courses, as well as private tutoring, are top-rated. Language knowledge is a valuable competence not only during the holiday but also in work and 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 a mobile app, listen to podcasts, watch videos, comment on blogs and tumblrs. The idea of sitting under the blanket with a warm cup of tea and do a fun language course sounds better than going through heavy traffic during evening hours.

Meet new people and learn from them

I know that this point may sounds kind of strange here. We don’t often necessarily associate online courses with human contact. But in some cases, the first thought can be a mistake. Some communities of online classes can provide a vivid and lively discussion about the topic of the course and similar issues. It is worth checking whether the course you’re signing to is a popular topic of online conversations. It is also worth checking if the course has its own Facebook group, or maybe the lecturer is immersed in the case and willing to contact you. An excellent 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 an outstanding 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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A psychologist who works in the IT industry. Interested in positive and social psychology and UX design. Fan of technology, Eurovision Song Contest, and Pepsi Max.
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