Oh, the 21st century is a great time to be alive.
Among other reasons, modern technology offers us some really amazing tools and resources for continuing our educations or just brushing up on some skills. In this post, I’d like to share a few that I’ve personally used.
First and foremost, there’s Lynda.com. For a modest price (starting at $25/month or $250/year), you can take courses on a variety of topics, and learn how to use specific software. I originally started using Lynda when I was trying to figure out the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, after finally upgrading my 15-year-old version.
Lynda has added additional courses that are now also topical, instead of just focused on specific software. I’m currently alternating between taking courses for programming/development and some graphic illustration courses. They’ve all been every bit as helpful, if not more so, than my original art and design courses at “real college”, but costing far less.
There are many free videos on Lynda for you to sample. Most of the first few videos in each course are freely available to try it out.
My son and one daughter have both taken courses through skillshare.com. Skillshare has many great topical courses as well. Most of their courses are a little bit different from the offerings at Lynda, so it makes a nice compliment to Lynda’s courses. In particular, my daughter has enjoyed their hand lettering courses. Fabulous. Skillshare starts at $9 a month for a basic membership.
Team Treehouse also affordably offers courses but has them arranged as specific courses of study. This is helpful if you get easily overwhelmed by a long list of every possible course on a topic that you may find on Skillshare or Lynda. Unlike Skillshare and Lynda, Treehouse also incorporates quizzes into their courses, for some feedback. Most of their courses are more technical in nature.
Believe it or not, You Tube can be used for more than just watching cat videos. Whenever I’m trying to figure out how to do something specific, I have found that searching on You Tube, instead of just having a general web search, is super helpful.
Itunes, the app from Apple mostly used for listening to music, also can be a great learning tool. I use iTunes to subscribe to and listen to free podcasts on topics I’m brushing up on.
Jenni told me about this one in a comment below. It’s just $10 a month, and full of great arts and crafts courses that I look forward to exploring more.
Do you have a resource you’ve enjoyed using and would love to share? Leave a comment below!
Updated to include additional links.