Online Learning During Corona Virus Quarantine
Why Learn Online
If you work in the area you have chosen, additional skills can help you get a promotion. Job search? If you demonstrate more knowledge in your chosen field, you will become a more attractive candidate.
Research interests outside of work. Do you love art or literature or do you make clothes or history? Now dive in comfortably from your living room. Hobbies add depth and wealth to your life. Dig deeper into an existing one or find a new interest.
What to learn
What you learn depends on your interests. It can be professionally connected, to a hobby or just for fun. Try a course in something you don’t know about.
Many good online learning courses are free. If they don’t keep your interest, you can just stop. Just google the topic you’re interested in and see what you can find.
Class Central publishes a list of the best free online learning courses or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) every year. Top-rated courses for 2019 include learning, past and present extinction, understanding of dementia, and marketing in a digital world.
Online learning platforms
If we have to finish, 2020 is a good time to do it. Online learning platforms offer courses from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Try coursera.org, perhaps the most famous platform that offers one-to-one courses, professional certificates, and master’s degrees from top universities around the world. Edx.org included Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the Sorbonne and the Hong Kong Polytechnic as founding schools. FutureLearn is a partnership with the UKs Open University, one of the largest universities in the country.
For a little less structured look at Youtube, Skillshare, and Udemy. LinkedIn and other major platforms have their own courses for users. You can even learn on Instagram. You can learn everything from making chocolate to crocheting, from storytelling to video editing.
Make the most of the course
Use your online learning opportunities optimally, regardless of the course and platform. Take it seriously, even if it’s for fun. Take time and place every day to work on your course and minimize interruptions. Watch the videos and complete the readings. Go to the forums and ask and answer questions. Some courses include projects such as writing your own story or code or making a video of a presentation. Complete them. If you have a friend who is interested in the same topic, invite them to attend the course at the same time, and then set up a study group. Treat it like any other learning exercise so you can get the most out of the experience.
Announce Your Success
Use online learning while you’re stuck at home. When the world reopens, you have a certificate, a new skill, or new knowledge in your toolkit. Add it to your LinkedIn profile and resume. Think about your performance with pride and satisfaction.