Is there an end to curiosity and the ability to pick up new skills? Of course not! That’s why Baby Boomers are often on a quest for life-long learning. They may want to complete a degree they never had a chance to complete, advance their credentials, or simply indulge in their favorite hobbies.
This page was originally posted May, 2018 and updated May 2020.
With the kind of technology we have today, you can now learn whatever you want online in the comfort of your own home using your computer. And now that we’re at home more than we care to be, why not learn something new to stimulate your mind and add more richness to your life?
Life-long learning can change your life
I’ve put together a list of online learning sites and hope you will try some of them out. You may discover a new direction in your life that will bring you more happiness, abundance, and creativity. You’ll also find connections and mentors who will help you embrace your passions and make them realities.
1. Take online college classes to enhance your credentials
edX is a site that offers online courses given by top-tier universities such as Harvard, Berkeley, University of Texas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Sorbonne, and Boston University. You can earn MicroMaster’s Certificates, Professional Certificates, XSeries Programs, and University credits in a huge array of subjects.
Their most popular course is called “The Science of Happiness.” Some classes follow a fixed schedule and others are self-paced so you can complete them at your leisure. You can choose from over 1900 courses and the site serves 14 Million + learners worldwide.
The Edx mission:
At edX, we take our mission of increasing global access to quality education seriously. We connect learners to the best universities and institutions from around the world. Join us!
2. Build your skills and stay up to date
Coursera has over 40 million online learners from all over the world where students can take courses offered by Universities like Yale, Stanford, Duke, and high-tech companies like Google and IBM.
You can purchase a course certificate that provides identity verification and official recognition from the school offering the course. There are also specialization and professional certificates available in high-demand subjects like data science, business, digital marketing, and software creation.
3,900 courses and specializations, 13 + certificates, and 20 + degrees and Mastertrack Certificates.
3. Delve deeper into your interests and expand your world view
If you prefer CD and written courses rather than live online learning, The Great Courses is a site you may want to consider.. I bought their “Art of Travel Photography,” “Writing Creative Nonfiction,” and “Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe” courses.
Teachers include university professors as well as other professionals in their fields. Courses run the gamut of knowledge and include Better Living, Science, History, Fine Arts, Economics, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Music, Math, High School, and Professional. I was impressed with what I received and believe it’s well worth the investment.
4. Learn from masters in their field
Can you imagine taking a photography class from Annie Leibovitz or learn to direct with Ron Howard? Masterclass offers classes by some of the world’s greatest minds. How about a cooking class from Gordon Ramsay, screenwriting by Aaron Sorkin or Comedy with Steve Martin? This is the caliber of classes that are offered.
The best deal is to purchase their unlimited-access pass and it makes an amazing gift for someone you love.
Masterclass has been recommended by Today, NBC The New York Times, Billboard, ESPN, and Vanity Fair. Some new classes include makeup by Bobbie Brown, creative writing with Margaret Atwood, and self-expression and authenticity by Ru Paul.
5. Learn technical and other practical skills
Baby Boomers are reinventing themselves into all sorts of post-retirement businesses and many are working online. You can learn tech skills such as website design, social media, IT, computer software, business skills, as well as photography, health, self-improvement, languages, music, test prep and just about anything on Udemy
They have a library of over 65,000 online learning courses at reasonable prices. Work at your own pace. You can even learn using their fabulous phone app.
6. Learn to be a writer or blogger and get paid
If you have a desire to become a freelance writer I recommend you take a course from Great Escape Publishing. I attended their travel writer’s workshop in Denver and not only learned valuable skills but met amazing people, some of whom have written posts on this blog and have become online friends.
I decided to stick with blogging but my writing has improved immensely because of it. Many of my classmates are now award-winning writers who have bylines in a variety of publications both print and online. Great Escape’s courses are not cheap, but certainly worth it in both content and contacts.
I’ve been blogging since 2008 and taught myself how to set up sites on WordPress. I started a business helping other people blog in 2010. Now, I not only set up WordPress websites but also tutor those who want to learn how to use the platform to fit their individual needs. For more information, click here.
7. Do it Yourself (DIY) arts and crafts
If you are more the creative type, Bluprint offers online craft and art classes that include sewing, knitting, cake decorating, baking, crochet, embroidery, photography, paper crafts, woodworking, weaving, spinning, dance, fitness, yoga, art, and home decorating. It’s a paradise for life-long learning if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who loves to work with your hands. You can also purchase craft kits, supplies, and patterns.
Choose an individual class or sign up to subscribe to their unlimited program with a 7-day free trial.
8. Enlighten your consciousness
The Chopra Center offers classes and teaching opportunities in meditation, Ayurveda, and coaching. You can learn online or attend one of their retreats. The Chopra Center is located at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California near San Diego.
If you are a seeker, dreamer, or interested in the evolution of your consciousness you will love Gaia. It’s an online site that provides video programming for spiritual growth, alternative health, personal development, and expanded consciousness. Develop your intuition, learn about ancient civilizations and cultures, relieve stress, and even delve into the occult.
What are you doing to add to your own life-long-learning? Please leave a comment below.
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