Learning and Connecting Online…a good thing or yet another complicated new fad?!?
Today I would like to think through online learning with you – changing our idea of being online from a mostly negative one to a positive opportunity.
Over the past three years, I have invested a lot of my research time in finding out more about online learning. This phenomenon is quickly growing as we learn how to spread our message to more people via the internet.
Whilst this can be empowering, sometimes it can also be noisy and draining.
There is a lot of good material on the internet but it is a struggle to find the quality stuff if you do not know where to look!
Traditional education training does not prepare us for this way of connecting and so new skills, methods and systems are needed.
Read this article on the future of learning.
We need skills that help us filter through all the information that bombards us every single day.
More and more, we seek to find platforms that curate the material that we are interested in for us – this reduces the amount of time we spend searching through poor quality ideas and presentation and instead get maximum value for our time.
I have learnt to choose who I follow on social media very carefully because my time is precious and I want to use it well.
Your time is precious too!
Have you carefully chosen what appears on your newsfeed and how you spend your time online?
Whilst the digital landscape can be noisy and lead to waste of time, it can also be fruitful and inspiring.
For those of us who juggle work and home, online learning may be the only way we get to do something for ourselves.
This was a big consideration for me when I decided to take part of Lignin Stories’ teaching online.
It is understandable that you have other commitments and may not be able to attend all the live events.
I get it. Life gets in the way sometimes.
I too am a full-time single mum (which practically equals a full-time taxi driver too…thanks kids!), a full-time lecturer/researcher, a full-time storyteller, etc..
This means that I often have to pass on things that I want to do for myself and for a long time it meant that my learning and personal development was put on hold.
I couldn’t take time out to go back to studying or learning about things that interested me. I just couldn’t manage being physically present.
For a while, I accepted this as a natural consequence of my life choices but deep down it began to make me miserable.
I wanted to meet new people, exchange ideas, learn and be inspired.
I wanted to be a role model for the young people I work with and my own children too – I wanted them to see that women can have both families and self-development.
Then, one day, a friend sent me a link to mindvalley.com and it’s fair to say it changed my life.
Mindvalley offers online programmes and courses in many different aspects of life.
They build communities of like-minded people who meet weekly, monthly, annually online and sometimes in person too.
Although I was skeptical of the friendships I could make and the learning I could harvest online, I decided to take the plunge and join.
I’m so glad I did.
Mindvalley led to other online platforms and over the past five years I have discovered so much that would not have been available to me. It has motivated me and kept me inspired to do my work.
Watch Mindvalley founder Vikesh Lahkani on how your pain is often your breadcrumbs to your values and your values become the guiding light for your purpose on the planet.
The design of The Story Solution and Children Who Belong takes my personal experience, as well as latest research into online learning, into account.
The modules and recordings of live events ensure that you can participate no matter what your personal situation is.
This means that even if you cannot attend one of the live events, you will still benefit enormously from joining the programme.
We will have tutors available to keep you on track and guide you through anything that remains unclear to you as you go through the programme.
The price of remaining isolated from like-minded people is disconnection and sadness.
The hard truth is that what doesn’t grow, dies.
I know the world needs you.
I know that we cannot afford to let your passion for learning die.
Do you know this too? Mela, join us 😉
These two programmes were created for you.
One of them will surely appeal to you.
Take a look and let me know which.
3 month programme for parents – How Stories Can Help You Parent
3 month programme for teachers – The Story Solution For Teachers