I’ve always been a big fan of learning and personal development, I am also a big fan of digital; with the almost sonic speeding-changing landscape over recent years, these two elements have formed a pretty solid relationship.
The rise of fast connectivity and number of owned smartphones accessing this web of ideas, the ease of creating and cost effectively distributing content for non technical people, the norm of owning multiple internet accessing devices, and the pure volume of personal blogs and news based aggregators such as reedit, etc etc – have all driven a huge number of engaged online communities willing to share their knowledge. In turn, this has created a huge opportunity for anybody (with internet access and an internet enabled device) to learn anything at anytime ……..now that is pretty spectacular.
There’s the ever-growing services such as Coursera & Edx that house free online courses from some of the most prestigious Universities in the world (check out my previous post on this ‘How to learn from some of the best Universities for free‘ ) that now make education achievable for many more people.
The TED Talk below by John Green; YouTube video-blogger and self proclaimed fighter for intellectualism -amusingly, charmingly and poignantly discusses his thoughts on the community of learning through online video. John and his brother run a YouTube channel called Vlogbrothers, which consist of short educational videos on a vast amount of news related and academic topics.
Short bio from the TED site – ‘In 2007, Green and his brother Hank ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through videoblogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck.‘
From the theoretical to the practical and everything else in between, John Green merely points out that there is a huge ever growing vault of accessible free knowledge and engaged communities on the web waiting to be consumed.
So from learning how to make the perfect medium rare steak, making the best kick-ass paper aeroplane, learning the theory of relativity, to building a guitar amp – be gone with societies sole reliance on overly priced masters degrees in the quest for knowledge – it’s not the only way.