Suffering from Chronic Fatigue means traditional learning in a classroom is pretty much a no go for me. I never know how I’m going to feel from one day (or sometimes hour) to the next, so dedicating myself to a course schedule, on top of working 4 days a week, wouldn’t really work. I wouldn’t be able to guarantee I’d got enough energy or felt well enough. If I’m tired, information generally doesn’t stay in my brain.
However, there is a solution to my need to learn new things…
Online learning means I can do courses as and when I want and at my own pace.
My first online course was Foundation in Digital Photography with IOP. This short course comprised 60 minutes of videos with a test at the end of each unit. It taught me what I needed to know to get off the automatic setting (shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings as well as composition, portraits, landscapes and mono photography). I treated it as I would any traditional classroom course and sat taking notes (and screenshots) while watching the videos. The videos were easy to follow and understand. I also had access to a course tutor if I needed any extra help or if I wanted my photos evaluated. It was perfect for what I wanted and I completed it over 6 weeks. The course is usually £99, but I got a deal through Amazon Local and only paid £15. I’ve now advanced onto their Diploma in Photography course, which again I can do at my own pace.
I recently got a month long free trial to Lynda.com through LinkedIn, so I’ve been making the most of that. Lynda.com is one of the world’s leading online learning companies for business, software, technology and creative skills. I find their courses useful not only for my personal life but for my work too. I work in the print industry and Lynda.com has many relevant training tutorials for my work, as well as tutorials to help with my hobbies such as photography and blogging. The tutorials are all done via video, but there is a transcript for each available. The tutorials last anything from a few minutes to many hours and each one is broken down into bite-sized sections so you don’t have to do it all in one go.
Have you taken part in any online courses? If so, which ones and would you recommend them? If not, would you consider doing one?