The 10 things I have learned by doing 100 online courses
Last year, I spent 16 weeks in quarantine travelling between Hong Kong and Sydney. It was an experience that had it’s ups and downs but one of the most positive experiences was I had time to do a LOT of courses. The courses ranged in topic from lettering (easy and fun) to 3ds Max (technical, difficult but also fun) to spreadsheets (boring!!! but useful). It has become quite addictive. I can honestly say that from March 2020 to today I have learned at least 1 new thing (and probably at least 3 new things) per day. My passion for online courses knows no bounds and has become something that I do for at least a couple of hours a day, every day.
Over that time I have learned the following in no particular order:
- There are a lot of them. If you want to know about anything, there is probably someone out there that has created a course.
- Courses are made by larger, traditional organisations (universities & traditional schools), newer platforms ( Skillshare, Udemy, LinkedIn learning, Domestika) and a lot of independent producers.
- They are generally quite cheap for the value you get out of them but some can be expensive.
- The most I have spent on a course was USD 3000. It was for website design in Squarespace. I have designed 3 websites now with a lot of functionality. It was worth every penny. I think if I had got a website designer to make them it would have been at least USD10k each.
- The passion of independent educators is really inspiring.
- There is not enough time in the day to do all the courses that I want to do.
- I have a Masters in Education and though some of the teaching can be a bit dodgy, the interest of the educators is enough to get through it.
- Some of the cheapest courses are the best.
- There are 2 main platforms for independent educators- Kajabi and Teachable.
- Kajabi is better.
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