One of our blog assignment choices for my BSG challenge this week is -September 15th is National Online Learning Day. It showcases how students of all ages are thriving with the ability to learn online—anywhere, anytime. It seeks to cultivate awareness of, and support for, this ever-growing community of learners and to celebrate the future of online education—wherever technology and our imaginations take us! What have you learned online in the past and/or what are you interested in learning in the future?
I think the internet is the greatest thing for learning about anything of interest to you. Years ago, I took a couple online teaching classes for my permanent certification, but I mostly enjoyed going to real classes when I went for my master’s degree.
Now that I am retired, I believe I use my phone, iPad and laptop to find out information on various topics on a daily basis. My friends tease me sometimes, calling me “The Google Queen” since I will look up something while we are talking about it! Sometimes I even race someone to find the answer to something first! I think it’s fun!
I also love to use YouTube to learn things, whether it be about an entertainer’s life, something from history related to a book I’m reading, the keto diet, different exercises, or various art techniques. And my hubby has found it very useful for learning how to fix something.
I’ve used YouTube a lot in the past two years to get ideas on doing bullet journaling and calligraphy/hand lettering.
Most recently I am learning different watercolor painting techniques with a friend of mine. She has been coming over each week now and we are doing YouTube University lessons on my TV.
I am so grateful to all the people who take the time to share their expertise online for free.
Of course, I can’t forget to mention the wealth of knowledge about health, nutrition and exercise I have been able to access through SparkPeople’s excellent articles and videos!
For the future, I have thought about possibly trying out a paid membership to Skillshare. It’s an online platform that provides access to over 25,000 adult learning courses — many taught by prestigious contemporaries in their respective fields. The hardest thing would be to try to decide what I want to learn first!