Last time we talked about some awesome locations to go to to learn new things. But what if I can’t go someplace special for classes?
The first thing that I looked for when I wanted to learn some new skills was online classes.
Here are just a few of the internet options.
Webinars They can be anything from spiritual awareness and meditation classes to how to run a business, or use Facebook ads. Sometimes they are free (but they will often try to sell you something), or they can be for a fee. I have done a LOT of webinars, sometimes live, and sometimes (usually if my schedule did not allow me to attend in person) a recorded version. I have learned a lot and generally enjoy webinars. I like it when they give you access to a recording, because I sometimes NEED to hear something more than once for it to sink in.
E-books E-books are simply books that can be downloaded from the web. Like webinars they can be free or for a fee. They are usually much cheaper than the paper versions of the book (if a paper version is even available). I have quite a few e-books, some free and some for pay. Most of them are pretty decent. I generally prefer to print out my books – I actually like to read paper books. This can be a problem if you do not have a good quality color printer. I keep my print-outs organized in 3 ring binders.
Video Classes These can be simple one shot downloads that are free on You Tube, complex multi-part classes, or anything in between. Some of the video classes also have notes that you can download.
Video Classes with teacher support. You have access to video classes online and a teacher that you can email with questions. I have taken one of these classes, and I really enjoyed it. I was given access to a website with the class videos and I could ask as many questions as I wanted about each video. I could also see all of the questions and answers from the other students.
Your favorite search engine is your friend when it comes to finding these resources, but you can sometimes locate them through Facebook special interest groups, too. Here are just a couple that I have had success with.
Craftsy.com has classes on everything from quilting, to jewelry, cake baking to fine art, this is the place to find reasonably priced classes that you can do at your own pace from home.
Art Jewelry Magazine http://art.jewelrymakingmagazines.com/ makes a LOT of different classes available online.
Interweave, which I originally knew as Interweave Press, is an excellent source of magazines, videos and so much more. They have online communities with specific interests. I have a HUGE number of their publications, and even several of their actual books. Once you sign up with them they also have a LOT of free items available for download. http://www.interweave.com/
Lynda.com is an amazing site that provides a HUGE selection of video tutorials. They require a membership, but if you are an avid learner the membership can pay for itself very quickly. Yes, I have a membership!
I hope that this blog inspires you to search for your own source of new inspiration! Enjoy!