Massive Open Online Courses are fantastic ways to get a structured education without the typical associated costs, but they often take a long time to get through. A MOOC could take anywhere from a few days to a few months. There are other ways to learn something new online within 60 minutes, though.
TED Talks might not give you a thorough understanding of Design or Accounting, but many can help you develop a opinion by taking a new spin on things. They are generally pretty short (some even as short as 5 minutes) and send a message, whether it may be to inform you about an issue, explain a new way of thinking about an existing topic, or inspire you to take a stand or some sort of action. There are tons of them on Netflix and all over the internet. Here are a couple great ones to check out.
Can’t remember how to use a specific feature on Excel? Or maybe you need to learn how to apply heavy makeup for an awesome costume party. YouTube has all sorts of awesome vloggers who put up interesting tutorials covering all sorts of topics. The advantage here is that you can even make requests for something you need to quickly learn to complete a project. Here are a couple of extremely popular YouTubers!
Helpouts by Google
YouTube tutorials are awesome, but what if its going too fast or you don’t understand a part of it? Some people just learn better from a live teacher. For them, Google Helpouts saves the day. Helpouts lets teachers post their expertise, the duration they are willing to devote to a video, and price (although many are free). Some Helpouts are pre-recorded and work largely like any other video tutorial, but others allow you to set up a time to meet with a live tutor who can walk you through a task or even teach you about a particular topic like a school teacher or college professor would. Curious to learn more? Check out this intro video.
A lot of fantastic learning happens in a classroom setting (in person or through open online courses), but even more happens just by picking up on what is going on around you and by immersing yourself into a project that you need to look up information in order to complete.
Career Tip: You can add achievements to your Accredible profile that aren’t courses your registered for through our course finder feature! Just click on the ‘add course’ button on your profile and select the wrench to customize your entry and add your projects and courses completed outside of MOOCs. Then remember to link your Accredible profile to your LinkedIn page so your connections can check out all your accomplishments!