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Online Learning

Monday, September 16, 2019

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!

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  • BEFIT019
    Online learning can be a great thing, particularly if you're working, raising a family and time is at a premium. Having said that, tho -- I'll never forget my 4 yrs at college. The friends and teachers and just the whole learning experience was wonderful! Of course, that was in the 80's...
    85 days ago
    The internet is a great place learn things. Of course, you have to be careful about the sites you choose and even videos on YouTube. Lots of misinformation as well as relevant information out there. When we lived in MO Randy used YouTube to learn how to fix the dishwasher, washing machine and even the car.

    Did you know that MIT has many of their classes online that you can take for free? The only caveat to that is that you can't get your degree that way but if you don't care about getting a degree it would be a great place to learn something.

    You sound like me when it comes to Googling something while talking to someone. I do it with Randy ALL the time. lol

    I hadn't heard of SkillShare but I might have to check it out. It sounds a lot like LinkedIn Learning.
    85 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    I love all of your pictures! Learning online allows people to have the flexibility of learning at any time and anywhere. Thanks for sharing!
    85 days ago
    I love learning on the internet!
    85 days ago
    I agree I thought I was the only google queen but my mother in law is as well. I’ve learned lately from you tube how to make scrubbier. I’d love to learn Spanish and sign language
    85 days ago
    Great blog. I love You Tube to see how to make things work, fix things, do various exercises, etc. I also google a lot and look at reviews for different product I might be interested in. You really need to know what reviews are valid and which are not. You can't believe everything you see/read on line.

    As for on line learning for school, I find it takes a lot of discipline to make it work for me and I tend to have too many disruption at home. I also prefer 'class room' type for the interaction of the students and teacher/instructor. There is something to be said about learning from others experience.

    Thanks for blogging. Good luck with SkillShare.
    86 days ago
    I have found a lot of misinformation in my field online. I don't know if that applies to other areas. I like libraries.
    86 days ago
    I love learning things online, too!
    86 days ago
    On-line learning is great because you find out so much that leads you down more rabbit holes trying to learn more.
    86 days ago
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