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It’s easier nowadays to learn new skills or get an education without leaving your couch, which is why online learning is good. However, this blog post isn’t about home-schooling, dropout, or traditional education.
The core idea behind this blog post is why I think online learning is possible through various sources such as YouTube, webinars, podcasts, and online courses.
However, I’ll be leaning towards online courses a little bit more.
Perhaps because that’s one thing that impacted my journey as well as proved my thesis wrong.
See, I wasn’t a fan of taking online courses.
Let me tell you the background: a couple of years ago, I was the least interested person in online courses that you could find. I always thought online courses are expensive, experts are ripping people off, and one can find all the information for free.
Turns out, you could find online courses for cheap, not every expert out there is ripping people off, and every bit of information isn’t available for free.
The premise of this blog post is “why the change of heart regarding online learning?” given my history of running away from online courses.
So let me elaborate on this.
Why Online Learning is Good: Here are 4 Reasons
Let me share what I’ve noticed so far about online courses. So here are four reasons why online learning is good:
1. The Diversity in Online Courses is Remarkable
One of the best things about online learning is that there is a big pool of online courses available out there. Your name it and the course is available. However, it depends on the online course platform as well.
SkillShare is my go-to online course platform. I bought the subscription last year, and it has been phenomenal for me. I’ve taken multiple courses on topics like Google Ads, DaVinci Resolve, WordPress development, and a few more.
The reason I’m convinced that there is a diversity in online courses on the internet is that I have seen a lot of free and paid courses on Skillshare, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning.
The other day, I was browsing the Skillshare website, and found courses on a wide range of topics, for instance, I stumbled upon many courses on flower arrangements and decoration to filmmaking and videography. So I can say with some confidence that you can learn about anything through online courses.
2. It Speeds Up Your Learning Process
You know they say that there is no alternative to experience. What they mean by experience is we start something and keep failing, and then we learn a lesson the hard way. Most of the time, people spend a duration to hone a craft. They, however, don’t seek any help or education. Instead, they let the process teach them. There is nothing wrong with it except it consumes a lot of your precious time.
I believe that online learning speeds up your learning process. I have first-hand experience of enrolling in multiple courses and learning new skills. I always thought that running Google ads is out of my comfort zone and I can’t do that. It always looked complicated to me until I took a beginner’s Google ads course on Skillshare, and it changed everything for me. I’ve run several successful Google ad campaigns now.
3. Pick an Expert’s Brain Along the Way
When you enroll in an online course, you get a chance to learn from the best. There is a reason why someone would get paid to teach students. Moreover, if an instructor gets to the stage, it means he/she is good at it.
What you should really focus on is picking an expert’s brain. It means paying close attention to the methodology and processes your instructor is marking as important. There are always certain points that may overlook when you’re learning all by yourself. Therefore, an instructor would likely shed some light on those areas that you would have skipped otherwise.
Enrolling into an online course or joining a webinar is your chance to learn something valuable from an expert in that area.
4. Accessibility of Online Courses on the Mobile Devices
One of the perks of online learning is that now online education sites and online courses platforms have mobile applications. For example, Skillshare has a mobile app. I mostly take my online classes on my smartphone using the SkillShare app. Furthermore, the Skillshare app allows you to download the whole video course into your app and you can watch the course videos without the availability of the internet.
Make sure to check with your online courses website whether or not they have a mobile app for Android and iOS. Otherwise, you’d miss out on this opportunity to learn new stuff when you’re on the go.
FAQs about Online Learning
Are there any disadvantages to online learning?
There isn’t any disadvantage that comes to my mind. However, if you don’t find a free course on a particular topic, then you may have to go for a paid course. That’s the only disadvantage I can think of.
How many benefits of online learning are there for students?
There are countless benefits of online earning for students. They can work full-time jobs and still learn new skills for side hustling. The availability of mobile apps of online course websites makes learning convenient, especially when you’re on the go. An online courses website like SkillShare has tons of online courses to choose from, which makes it easier for almost everyone to find something to learn.
Is online education better than traditional education?
Both have their own perks. I don’t recommend skipping the traditional education. However, I’m not a fan of massive student loans and a huge debt to get a college degree. Being an MBA dropout, I learn skills through online courses, and they’re doing wonders for me.
Is online learning as good as face-to-face learning?
I don’t think either one is better or worst. If you won’t taste both of them, you won’t be able to see the difference. I like online learning the best. Perhaps the reason I like online learning is that I can start a lecture whenever I want, pause it if I want to, and resume whenever I feel getting back to it. The liberty of online learning is a big deal for me.
Is the flexibility of online education good?
It’s great for me because I’m a full-time freelance writer. So I have clients’ work to do, an office to run, and new prospects to hunt down — so the flexibility of online education is a world to me.
What are the benefits of online learning for adults?
If a student is bailing on education just because he/she is dropping out, then it means that students might not be interested in getting back to school in the future. Therefore, online education could be a way out. Anyone who wants to learn whether they’re adults, youngsters, or the elderly can learn new skills through online learning.
How to Get Started With Online Learning
So you might wonder, where should I get started with online learning? What should I learn online? What course should I take? Well, the answers to those questions are written below. I’m confident that I’ll be able to educate you on what you should do and what you should learn online in the next 6 minutes or so.
Here are my five steps on getting started with online learning:
Step#1: Figure out your interest
The fundamental step of getting started with anything, especially in online learning is understanding your liking. What it means is that you must first figure out what kind of industry you want to get into. Maybe, you’re interested in Academic writing or interior designing or sketching — whatever your interest is, simply make up your mind.
As you know by now that I use SkillShare for online learning. So I started a course a while ago, but couldn’t finish it. I’m halfway through, but I’m struggling to get to that finish line. The reason is that I started off something I wasn’t genuinely passionate about. On the other hand, I have finished a couple of courses in a few days.
Step#2: Analyze the scope
It’s important to analyze the scope of the market segment you want to get into. For instance, if you’re passionate about snakes, then you must analyze the potential market size of your passion. What I mean by that is you must do your research to find out whether or not there are enough people out there who are interested in your topic.
It always begins with searching on Google — see if Google recommends topics with autocomplete feature. Similarly, search your topic in Quora and see if people are asking questions regarding your topic. This way, you’d be able to analyze the scope of your niche.
Step#3: Choose the right platform
It’s essential to choose the right platform where you’re starting your online learning. What if you come across a platform, and you look at the pricing and find it affordable? You don’t think this through and instantly buy the subscription.
A few days in, you find out that it doesn’t have mobile apps. Now, you can miss out on a lot because if your online learning platform doesn’t have a mobile app, it means you can learn on the go, which is a shame.
SkillShare has mobile apps for both Android and iOS platforms. I mostly take my lessons on the mobile device. So I know how important it is to have mobile apps.
It doesn’t end here; you must go through every possible aspect of the platform to check whether or not the platform fulfills your requirement. For instance, if the platform doesn’t have enough courses about the industry/niche you’re in, then it’s a waste of money. So choose the right platform for online learning.
Step#4: Sign up for additional yet relevant courses
It won’t hurt to take a few additional courses that are relevant to your main course or niche. A huge benefit of an online course website is that you can enroll in as many courses as you want as long as you’re a paid member. So don’t shy away from learning additional skills that are related to your niche. For instance, if you’ve enrolled in a “photography” course, then I’d highly recommend enrolling in a “camera settings” course to get to learn how to use the camera properly.
Step#5: Tap on other platforms to learn more
What I mean tap on other platforms is that online learning doesn’t mean to sign up on a course website to take a couple of courses, and that’s it. You must be ready to learn from every source you can possibly reach to. For instance, go to YouTube and search for the topics of your niche and watch a dozen videos on your niche. Similarly, listen to the podcasts in your niche; if you haven’t listened to any podcast yet, then check out Stitcher, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, and other podcasting platforms.
Let’s Conclude This
The whole idea behind this blog post was to convey a message that online learning shouldn’t be scary. Rather, you must take advantage of this immense opportunity that is available in today’s day and age.
You should wrap your head around the fact that you don’t need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the college degrees to learn a skill or hone in on your craft.
You might end up finding a free course on Udemy, but I paid $99 for a year-long subscription of SkillShare. And, I’m happy that I invested that amount in learning many new skills that are helping in developing and growing my blogging and freelancing business.
What are you willing to do for online learning?
Let’s talk about it in the comments section.