7 Ways To Learn Online In 2021

Dec 18, 2020 by

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This year has felt very strange and for most of us, it wasn’t at all what we had planned! The Coronavirus pandemic meant that schools and businesses across the nation had to shut down for months on end and sadly, many found themselves out of work and possibly even made redundant. With more time spent at home, more time to reflect and certainly the opportunity to ponder your next career move, many decided it was time to retrain or to learn a new skill.

Not to mention those that were unable to attend school, college or university had to quickly adapt to learning virtually in order to carry on advancing their knowledge. As such, online learning became a staple of 2020 and this looks set to continue into 2021.

If you’re considering learning a new skill or building on your existing knowledge, whether for your career or just to take on a new hobby, there’s plenty of ways you can do this. To help get you started, MyBaggage.com has put together a list of seven ways to learn online in 2021. So what are you waiting for – it’s time to get online and get learning!

1. Take an online course

Nowadays there are quite literally thousands of courses online that you can enrol in. Some are free and some are paid-for, though as a general rule the free courses might not be as in-depth as the paid-for courses and they might not result in a recognised qualification. Either way, there are plenty of providers out there that make learning remotely much easier.

Some of the providers that offer free courses include Alison, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Open Learn. If you’re willing and able to put a bit of budget behind your online learning, you can browse thousands of courses on Reed, Future Learn and edX.

2. Watch video tutorials

One of the simplest ways to learn online is to watch tutorials and there are hundreds of thousands of these out there to aid you on your journey. YouTube has been one of the world’s largest platforms for this and in recent years Instagram video has also joined the big leagues. Covering everything from fitness and beauty to SEO and coding, you’ll be able to find an online tutorial for almost everything, whether you want a general overview or you’re looking for advice on one specific platform.

Of course, these might not be ‘official’ and they are unlikely to lead to any sort of real qualification but they’re perfect for getting started in a new industry, learning basic new skills or just taking up a new hobby.

3. Sign up to the Open University

The Open University call themselves experts in distance learning and online courses and over the years have helped millions of people to gain recognised qualifications. Signing up for these courses isn’t free, but there’s plenty of payment plans and options that can help to make this more affordable if you haven’t got the biggest budget.

The platform covers most subjects including arts and humanities, social care, biology, design, criminology, education, languages and so much more! So you’re bound to find the perfect course for you no matter what you wish to study.

4. Take part in an online class

With the demand for online learning increasing, many have found inventive ways to offer their service online. Video platforms such as Zoom and Skype have made it possible for people to run online classes with multiple participants (or one-to-one if you prefer). For example, you could take part in a virtual music lesson if you want to learn how to play or learn to cook with a video cookery class.

5. Read blogs

Again, this one is very simple but you’ll be surprised just how much you can learn from reading blogs and online articles. There are lots of specialist and niche bloggers out there that love to share their advice with you, whether you want to learn how to become a freelance writer, how to file your tax return or how to start your own e-commerce site.

Running an internet search for your chosen subject will reveal the highest-ranking blogs and those that are generally considered to be the best in the field.

6. Listen to podcasts

Similarly, many professionals have begun to branch out from simply sharing their words online and have begun to share their voices. With a plethora of podcasts to choose from, you’re bound to find something you enjoy in your chosen field. So if you’d prefer to sit back, listen and learn, you might find that actually, podcasts are a great way to expand your knowledge and also unwind.

Some podcasts choose to interview notable people to learn from their experiences, some offer tips and advice on self-improvement, some will share general knowledge facts and others are very targeted and specific. For example, you can enjoy podcasts on history, finance and the economy, mental health and climate change. And this is by no means an exhaustive list, again, an internet search should help tor recommend the best podcasts for you.

7. Make the most of apps

One of the most modern forms of online learning is of course the app. The great thing about these is that not only can you learn online but you can download these to your smartphones and devices so you can even learn while you’re on the move. There are a number of popular educational apps out there depending what you want to learn, perhaps some of the most recognisable are language learning tools like Duolingo and Babbel.

You can also download apps that allow you to read books online, that provide brain-training games that allow you to flex your intellectual muscles and you can even get apps for connecting and leaning with online tutors. They can offer additional support for your studies or even coach you on a totally new subject depending on what it is you’re looking for.

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