I am a big believer that our learning never stops, and it should not stop.
And it absolutely should not stop with academic education, and in fact I believe you often learn more about life and especially about yourself in out-of-the-normal learning settings. That’s one of the reasons why we travel with our children – we want them to learn first-hand about different cultures. The thing is – you don’t have to even leave your house nowadays to learn new skills. I wouldn’t own an online magazine today if I hadn’t learned everything there is to learn about blogging and publishing, and I learned it all via internet. Internet learning doesn’t have to end with your professional research though. I recently learned how to make sushi, and my husband learned how to change breaks to his Audi S8 via online lessons we found. What is the latest thing you have learned to do via internet?
Just in: new online learning site Curious.com
You and me are not alone – the demand for learning new things via online lessons is growing fast, and a new website called Curious.com just launched earlier this month.
At Curious we believe in lifelong learning. Learning for its own sake. Learning that happens beyond classrooms, and not only in academic subjects (unless you count beer brewing, pipe soldering, and organic gardening as academic). Learning as a necessity of living.
Curious is a website with hundreds of lessons on topics ranging from cooking, to ski lessons to crocheting, and more! I found salsa dance lessons, got ski tips and learned a few recipes and tricks in the kitchen – just in the past few days. The lessons are short and many come in series (for example the salsa dance) so people in different levels can jump in when they feel comfortable. The best part about the actual video lessons is that they are sectioned to different sections and watermarked to tell more about that specific 30-60 second slot. If you have ever tried learning something complicated with a step-by-step instructional video, you know how frustrating it can be to try to find the specific spot in the video and listen to the instructions for the 10th time.
Many of the lessons are free, and the rest of them are only a few dollars. Instead of having to enter your credit card information every time you want to purchase a lesson, the currency used on Curious is Curious Coins. Each coin is worth $1, and to celebrate its public launch, Curious is offering new members $20 of free Curious Coins. Curious has something else cool going for during their launch month – check out the Curious blog for their Pinterest and Twitter contests to win an iPad mini – great for your “learning on-the-go.”
Come chat with us
Curious is hosting a Twitter Party on on May 22nd from 6-7 PM PST (9-10 PM EST) with #iamcurious to chat about lifelong learning and I will be one of the panelists on the Twitter chat. I hope you join us, and share what you have been learning lately!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Curious. All of my opinions are my own. And really, I learned to make sushi and dance salsa online.