The world is changing so fast. It used to be that the only way to gain a high quality education was to be admitted to a prestigious school, learn from a renowned professor, and spend some time in the industry. Thanks to the internet, the flow of information is more free than ever. We can share our experiences with a bit of typing and an internet connection, and it’s really starting to change the way that people learn.
Think about it, what do you do if you have a question regarding just about any topic? Well, you head over to Google and do a couple searches of course. Or perhaps you’re more of a YouTube user, as so many of the younger people of today are. In either case, only after making a few unsuccessful searches do you start to think about other options. It’s rare that you want to learn something about a topic and think “Gee, I wish I had an encyclopedia to look this up”. It just doesn’t happen anymore.
Well, the great entrepreneurs of today have realized how easy it is share information these days, and they’ve capitalized on it. If you can’t find the information you need from a Google search, perhaps it’s because you need more in-depth information. Luckily you can take online courses for just about any topic. Many of them are free, and many of them are paid. Even the ones that are paid though are so much of a better deal than going to physical school, at least in terms of what you’re going to pay. Why is this the case? It’s simple, you’re taking out a huge cost in the learning process – the requirement for a physical location for the class to take place.
In the presence of the internet your teachers don’t even have to be logged on at the same time as you. They can create video lectures that the students can watch at any time of the day, as long as they stay on schedule, then they can structure the online learning systems such that you can ask questions on forums or on video conferences so that you’re getting much the same learning experience as you would if you were in an actual classroom. It’s really quite remarkable, and its something we should all be taking advantage of if we have any interest in advancing our knowledge of particular subjects. And really, we should.
Having participated in numerous online courses myself, both paid and unpaid versions, I can personally say that they’ve had huge impacts on my life. Moreover, I’d actually say that I’d rather pay for a course than take a free one, as long as the paid course is worthwhile. The reason is that if the provider is charging for the course the odds are that it is going to add more value to your education at the end of the day.
So whether you’re looking to up your skills for your favorite hobby, or perhaps learn a new language, or maybe you just want to further your career. In any case, an online course can be a cost effective way to go.