Professional Sourcing has previously addressed the value of continuous learning, and in this article, we will be discussing five resources or institutions that you can use to undertake your foray into continuous learning.
Many Universities across South Africa offer a host of well-managed short courses, many of them taught online. The University of Pretoria, the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Unisa, the University of the Free State, as well as many others, offer short courses.
Online teaching platforms
The web offers a wide variety of sites that provide trustworthy courses, many offered entirely online. Platforms like Coursera, Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning, edX and Academic Earth, provides users courses in various specialised fields.
Whether it’s learning a new language, viewing a production process, watching How-to videos or talks by experts in their fields, Youtube offers a wealth of information and knowledge. Youtube channels that promote learning include Ted-ed; TED-talk’s response to educational videos, National Geographic; the quintessential information source turns to Youtube to offer fans even more insight, or CrashCourse, a channel that addresses economics, US politics, anatomy, philosophy and more!
Though some may regard libraries as old-fashioned and obsolete, they continue to offer value to those who take the time to engage with their local library’s materials. Many libraries host talks from authors and can source books and magazines that will further your knowledge.
While perhaps not best described as a “resource’, mentorship can be invaluable in furthering your education. Mentors can offer feedback, career guidance, fresh perspectives and assist you in developing your skills. Your mentor can be a colleague, your supervisor, a Professor from your alma mater; a good mentor is knowledgeable, approachable and willing to assist.
These five resources may be invaluable in the approach and undertaking of continuous learning, but this does not mean that they are the only ways in which you can approach lifelong learning! Your own observations, experiments and mindful engagement with l reading materials can all be powerful tools for lifelong learning.
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