In the past, in order to find an expert to learn from, you either had to be lucky to have somebody living near you or you had to travel to find that expert. You had to have a lot of money in order to get world class education, but nowadays it’s much easier. Technology brought the world together and turned it into a small village. Consequently, learning has become easier and more connected. You could connect and communicate with experts in a certain profession in a matter of minutes or seconds.
Online courses or MOOCs are becoming more and more relevant. You could learn real and applicable skills that are used in the real world from experts while you are in your underpants. You can get a job without a college degree. You can learn a lot of things online now, not just a lot of things, but almost anything online. All of this for little to no cost at all. You just need to be motivated, determined and put in some effort.
Another thing about MOOCs is that you aren’t learning alone. Some courses have hundreds and even thousands of students enrolled at a time. There are usually discussions boards and forums where students can discuss the course material and help each other. And since most MOOCs are international this gives students the ability to interact and make friends with people from various cultures and various backgrounds. This makes MOOCs give a college like experience minus physically meeting new people.
Though, a negative thing about MOOCs is that if you aren’t motivated enough you might not complete it. Since MOOCs lack the physical interaction that traditional courses offer it might be easy to lose interest or forget about them. This can be solved by taking the online course with a friend or making friends and study groups within the course. This would also make taking the course more fun and interesting.
Technology is moving and advancing very quickly, a lot of popular jobs that exist now didn’t exist 10 years ago. Jobs like digital marketing specialist, cloud services specialist and data scientists didn’t exist 10 years ago. And reports from the U.S. Department of Labor, McKinsey and Company, and the World Economic Forum say that 65% of grade-school kids will have jobs in the future that don’t exist today. Experts now believe that almost 50% of occupations existing today will be completely redundant by 2025. Therefore learning new skills and keeping up with the fast-paced advance of technology is a must.
Written by: Osama Waheib