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Online Learning Resources

By Amanda Sides on Jun 09, 2016

In the world of personal development, you hear a lot about how you should learn something new every day. Nowadays, there is no room for excuses: phrases like, "I can't afford it" or "I don't have time" don't stand up. When it comes to your personal growth, you make the time — and you don't need a lot of money.

The resources available today go far beyond your local library (although that still is and will forever be a great place to start, and it's easier now than ever because you can check out books on your e-reader).

There are definitely benefits to joining a live, in-person class, like networking and real-time listening and communicating, but online learning has its own set of benefits, at least as far as I'm concerned: it's more affordable, you can complete the coursework when you have the time rather than juggling your life around a specific class schedule, and you save time and gas money since you don't have to commute. Here are three great resources for online learning.

Coursera

This company partnered with some of the best colleges and universities from around the world to provide free college courses, developed by the professors, to anyone. For free. You won't get any college credits for completing them, but you will learn a lot. The catalog is as impressive as any university's offerings, with nearly 1,300 courses in the arts, personal development, business, computers, math, history, science, and much more.

If you need verification for having completed a course, you can pay a small fee for a course certification.

I took a class with them last year and loved it. I'm gearing up to choose another one.

Craftsy

As the name suggests, you can take courses in knitting, embroidery, woodworking, and paper crafts, but that's not all: online classes are also offered in drawing, gardening, cake decorating, cooking, photography, and more. Maybe these skills relate directly to your business and maybe not, but who cares? Learning something new is always a good thing, no matter what it is you're learning.

There are a handful of free mini-classes to choose from; otherwise, class prices vary with some as low as $14.99. You can also purchase kits and supplies for the classes you join.

I haven't tried one yet, but the arts-and-crafts lover in me gets really excited looking at all the options!

Udemy

Udemy's 32,000 classes are taught by the experts who walk among us (are you one of them? you can teach your class here!). Design, marketing, IT, personal development, music, language, and health and fitness are just a few of the categories covered by Udemy. Prices vary, but there is a selection of free courses here, as well.

Our own Growth Advance contributer Dave Smith ("Stop Talking About the Foods You DON'T Eat") of Make Your Body Work has a course offered on Udemy (and I've taken it--it's great!).

 

Have you taken courses on any of these sites? What did you think?

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