Learning, Like Investing, Is Ongoing

An informative piece on establishing the significance of MOOCs and how to leverage them optimally.

Hey Folks,

Hope you are doing great as always and spending some quality time with your friends and family.

Before I jump into narrating my thoughts and drawing up my ideas, let me mention an extremely significant message carried in the title of the post itself. A few years back, when I started with my first investment, a courteous gentleman told me “Learning, like investing, is ongoing” and that thought has stayed me ever since because of the loud and clear message it conveys.

In these last few years, a particular trend in the education space has come out to be a wonderful surprise. Growing up in India (no culture appropriation trash here please), I have always been insistent on the importance of securing a degree/certificate, whatever you call it. However, the emergence of MOOCs i.e. Massive Open Online Courses has brought about a tectonic shift in the way we used to learn and believe me, this change is definitely for the better.

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Websites like Coursera (pioneer in this space), Khan Academy, Code academy, Udemy, Udacity, edX, Skillshare and desi website Apnacourse are doing some great work in making education affordable, accessible and diverse. To give you my own example, I am currently pursuing a wonderful, interactive course on HTML and CSS from Udemy and that too for $10 only. It may sound absolutely unbelievable but the potential unlocked by these online courses websites is immense and the sad part is that a lot of people are simply unaware about the same.

If you are thinking that I will enlist the catalog of courses on these websites, show samples etc. then you are completely wrong. In this post, my idea is to give you some amazing facts (even though they are more of experiences but because of the associated veracity, let me just call them facts) which will compel you to look through the above-mentioned names. So, here we go:

Fact #1: Courses on these websites are unimaginably inexpensive. While Khan academy is a free portal, integrated courses can cost as low as $10 on other web properties.

Fact #2: Most of these courses have lifetime access. So, don’t worry if you are way too busy for days, weeks or even months.

Fact #3: They are mostly courses with certification. Too hell-bent on getting some document? That’s solved.

Fact #4: Take the names of world’s best educational institutions and you will find it present on the MOOC model.

Fact #5: Because most of these guys have mobile applications, accessibility becomes a non-issue.

To be honest, I can go on and on but you get the point! The intent behind this post is to make you aware of the myriad possibilities with the concept of MOOC. It is worth a shot.

“Learn. Unlearn. Relearn”, said Nikesh Arora, at a sales conference when I used to be a Googler. Undoubtedly, he knows what he says.

Let me leave you with this thought and as a bonus here is a link that you should surely visit – www.moocs.com

Cheers,

Mihir