I’m a strong believer in continuing your education. I also think you do yourself a disservice by only focusing on one aspect of your learning, such as taking classes that are related to your career. Everything you learn can inform your life and career in ways you wouldn’t anticipate. It’s good to get out of your comfort zone and make new neural pathways.
MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses are an inexpensive, or in some cases free, way of expanding your knowledge. The first one I took was through Stanford University and it was the Design Thinking Action Lab. I know…not exactly a big stretch. However, I still learned some new ways of thinking about using what I learned in design school as a process for the world at large. Businesses and organizations of all stripes are starting to take on design thinking as a way of running things and taking on challenges. My online group was made up of people of all different backgrounds. The class itself had over 40 000 students from all over the world. It was a fun experience!
The second class I took was definitely outside my usual wheelhouse. It was the Philosophy of Science course offered by the University of Edinburgh. Having neither a philosophy nor science background, it was definitely an adventure. My interest in science was always in effect (love reading layman-friendly science books). I didn’t find my lack of prior knowledge an impediment at all. The video lectures were fascinating and there were weekly quizzes to keep things fresh. The two essays were using a long-unused part of my gray matter, but my peers’ assessments helped me to feel better about my academic writing abilities. One of them actually said what I’d written was inspiring! Imagine that!
To get started, there are a couple of different platforms for MOOCs that you can use. NovoEd and Coursera. Coursera has an app for iOS and Android as well (NovoEd may, but I’m not certain). There are courses for all different kinds of subjects, for all different levels. It’s never too late to go back to school and MOOCs make it easy to continue your education.