12 Most Judicious Ways to Learn Online
Do you consider yourself a life long learner? Well, I think we all are — even if we don’t identify it that way. As we grow older and mature, we learn new skills associated with work and hobbies. We become better communicators and deepen our social bonds. Studies have shown that self motivated learning is a key factor in overall well being.
If you have ever wanted to tackle a new field, there are plenty of online resources for you to check out.
1. TED Talks
I have learned a lot from the speakers who have participated in TED. One of my favorites is this discussion of a game that will extend your life.
2. Kahn Academy
This is the other big player in town. There are many topics and they recently added computer science to their videos. This is a great tool if you need to see or listen to learn.
Free online courses from top instructors, it is just like being in class again. You work through the videos at your own pace. You receive homework and can work with other students in the forums. I like the traditional feel and the group work.
This is a paid option, but it comes highly recommend from my friends in design and development.
This is another free option, but the teachers are knowledgeable users who design their own courses. This is also a good option for those who learn best in a group.
6. Reddit University
Redditors have put their collective knowledge to work at Reddit University.
There are many great channels on YouTube that teach about almost any subject. I prefer science. Two of my favorites are “Minute Physics” and “Vi Hart.”
8. Project Guttenberg
I learn best from books; even the fictional kind can teach us about life. I frequent Project Guttenberg often to grab some classic texts that are copyright free.
9. iTunes U
We cannot leave out audio learners — iTunes U is for you! Free podcasts of courses available for download. Courses are accessible through the iTunes store.
These are just a few of the elite universities offering free courses online. I hear that MIT is even going to give out certificates. Open Culture keeps a list of all the available courses.
I am listing Netflix for two reasons; documentaries galore and kids shows. I recently discovered that they have every episode of Beakman’s World, a show that piqued my interest in the world around me. This is another great resource for only $8 a month.
I have to admit it, blogs are my filter for self-education. I learn a lot from writers who take the time to explain things. That is why I shared my top curators list earlier this year.
One of the best free ebooks I ever downloaded was “The Edupunks Guide to a DIY Credentia.l” Anya Kamenetz takes you through the process of designing your own curriculum. She even shows you how you might be able to earn a degree through self directed learning.
What fields interest you? Are you working in the same field as one of your passionate interests? Why or why not?
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