I don’t know about you, but as a Renaissance Soul (RS) I love learning new things. In fact, it is my top strength according to the Gallup Strengths Finder Test. I would venture to guess that if you are an RS, the learner strength is in your top ten too.
If I could afford to be a permanent student in a University environment, I would do it in a heartbeat. I love the textbooks, the energy on the campus, the libraries, and the camaraderie of other people who love to learn. My ultimate dream job is to be a University Professor. I see myself applying to another Masters or Ph.D. program in the near future, but in the meantime, I always look for inexpensive and effective ways to learn new things that pique my interest.
Today I am sharing a few online platforms where you can learn to your heart’s content for either free or at a minimal cost compared to traditional brick and mortar school. You might be surprised what you find in this treasure trove of resources. Let me know in the comments what you plan on checking out for your next learning adventure.
Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded edX in 2012. It boasts over 1,900 courses in popular subjects like computer science, business management, biology & life sciences, and humanities, just to name a few.
This online learning platform was started in 2012 by Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. Their Mission: “We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience.” I like that!
This platform has been gaining traction over the past year or so. There are over 65,000 courses taught by expert instructors. Because anyone can be an instructor, it is essential to do your due diligence in finding a class that is relevant and of top caliber. My advice, pay attention to the ratings from previous students.
This online education platform focuses on technology (computer science) for the most part – skills needed to find a technical job or increase your skillset in a current position.
Did you know there was an “Education” channel on YouTube? I certainly didn’t until recently. You can learn just about everything from watching a YouTube video.
I hope this compendium of learning resources will get you started (or keep you going) on your journey for more education, more insight, and more exciting things to know.
Did you know all of these resources are available? And this is only the tip of the iceberg. In the comments let me know what you think and if you have another resource to add to the list.
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Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, philosopher, coach, wellness advocate and cookie creator. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer and is the founder and director of the Clean Body Project, where she inspires individuals to live a holistically purpose-filled life.