I’m a perpetual student. It’s just part of who I am, I guess. In 2012 I finished my Associates of Arts in Business and in 2013 I participated in several social media courses to fine tune my digital marketing skills – 2014 will be no different. While I am not currently enrolled in a standard college curriculum investing several thousands (more) in my education, that doesn’t mean I am planning to just sit around and twiddle my thumbs.
Jon and I have been discussing for the last couple of months what course of education interested us most. We’ve invested hours of research into the platforms and courses. This week we finally committed to our courses. We’re both taking a combination of hands-on classes, MOOCS, and 1-day immersion classes with a course load ranging from leadership skills and content strategy to JAVA coding and Android app building. Kyla will also be joining us for the JAVA course and she has also signed up for a Marine Biology course with Duke University.
Since I’m not a newb to online classes (my Associates degree was obtained almost solely online), I’m not at all worried about motivation or study skills, but am rather focused on learning the different platforms and performing the necessary media tests before my first class begins on January 13th. That’s when I’ll start my Northwestern University content strategy course – it’s interesting to note that this is the one course I am paying for this quarter. At $40 I can feel confident about my financial investment since the earned certificate will serve to further bolster my resume and LinkedIn profile; even after 5 years in the business, I feel like I can always fine tune my skills.
In addition to the content strategy course, I will also be participating in a leadership course, a storytelling course focusing on cause work, and a beginners JAVA course over the course of the next quarter. Most of the courses will not run concurrent to one another allowing me ample study time without sacrificing my family and work.
I’ve written about my online education previously on High Impact Mom and have even shared MOOC Success tips on Student Advisor.com. In the next few weeks, I’ll share more information and some of my thoughts about MOOCs and online learning – and after my classes start I’m sure I’ll be here whining the whole way through. Don’t worry, if I retain any of the information I’ll be sure to share it with you.See y'all later!