I believe that lifelong learning is one of the primary keys to “growing old,” rather than simply “getting old.” Who doesn’t want to keep their brain cells strong and functional as long as possible? There are so many learning opportunities in our world! New technologies, the history of inventions, biographies of famous people, the study of art, religion, spirituality, different languages, music history . . . .the list is endless.
If you’re like me, and want to keep your mind growing, instead of stagnating, you may want to check out these FREE online resources:
For scholarly types:
- Coursera – Simply sign up, search for a topic or click on their “courses” link. Coursera has partnered with hundreds of international universities/institutions to provide a wide range of studies, from Computer Science to Statistics, and everything in between.
- Academic Earth – Here you’ll find college courses and video lectures. Search online courses by subject, or by a university. View popular playlists of video lectures or take a look at their video electives.
For “How To” Enthusiasts:
- Howcast – Free “How To” videos in a wide variety of categories: Style, Fitness, Home, Food, Health, Parenting and more. Want to learn how to filet a fish? Read palms? Sleep better? How to hula hoop? (I’m not kidding, that one’s actually on the site)
- Instructables – You can create, share your creation with others, even enter a contest and win prizes.
Want to become bilingual?
- Duolingo – This site offers free courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. You can even download Duolingo app to your iPhone or Android.
Looking to tap into your creative side?
- Drawspace – Learn to draw! This site offers many free lessons, and you can upgrade (for a $49 annual fee) for professional lessons.
Just for fun:
- How Stuff Works – Here are a few of the cool things I found here: “10 Crazy Things Contacts Can Do,” “10 Fastest Things in the Universe,” and my favorite: “10 Classic Toys that could Kill You.” (Seriously)
Quotes for the day:
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. (Chinese Proverb)
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. (Henry Ford)
These are just a few of the learning resources to be found on the Internet. It’s amazing how many learning options we have at our fingertips!
Do you have a favorite online learning website? I’d love to hear about it!