I sometimes wish I was born in this modern age. I was born right on the cusp of the internet age so I remember dial-up and AOL messenger. Education was still being done the way it had been for decades. I would sit in my classroom counting the minutes until recess. We learnt things that were not always so interesting or helpful for our future lives. There weren’t many alternatives though; Homeschooling was the only other option and there was too many resources to even do that properly. Now we live in an age of choices. You can literally learn anything anywhere at any-time. The classic classroom dynamic is changing and being redefined on a daily basis. Online learning is blazing a new path for people who want to learn specific things at their own convenience. Websites like udemy.com allow us to learn anything at the click of a button.
At this point in my life I am a freelance artist and musician. I don’t use Algebra and frankly knowing the capitals of all fifty states although great party banter is useless. So when I was little I was bored and had little to no interest in school. I would get home and practice my art and wake up the next day looking forward to doing it again. I wanted to start working digitally with my artwork and knew that meant learning how to use Photoshop and other Adobe software. I went to Udemy.com and found many courses on these programs. Each course was tailor fit for specific functions and allowed me to find the course that was right for me. I could take them at any time I wanted and they were clear and concise. After a couple of weeks I was working on new projects in Photoshop and really advancing at a rate that astounded even me!
This is only a quick example of how online learning has changed my life. Since I began this process I have learnt about Lynda.com and other sites that have tutorials on everything you can imagine. It can allow you discover new and exciting ways to create and give you options for new careers. There really is no limit to what you can learn the only limit is you. I wish I had this growing up because it would have saved a lot of time and I could have advanced at a quicker pace but there is no better time than the present. So if you are anything like me and are interested in learning new things and ideas the internet is the place to start. Online education can help propel you into a world where whatever you want to learn is at your fingertips. There is no longer an excuse to not do what you love.