There has been so much uproar since the onset of the pandemic. There have been many changes brought forth on not only a worldwide scale, but a local scale as well. The most prominent of changes have been the categorizing of businesses that can remain open and in full operation (essentials) versus those that needed to shut down (non-essentials) to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. This not only led to massive closures of tourist hot spots, bars, schools, colleges, retail stores, reduced flying with higher commute protocols, but it also brought on a wave of unprecedented employment – unlike many Americans have seen in decades. The need for jobs rose exponentially as well as the need for household goods and immunity boosters. Among many other things I am not touching upon, this pandemic has been a blow to the mental stability of many.
Having to adjust to working from home if you were considered a “non-essential,” adjusting to communication via web platforms, losing a job, being furloughed, or being an “essential” worker that has to be on the forefronts of fighting the virus, like healthcare workers, have all left a mark on the psyche of many. However, despite the downs (cons) to all this change, there has been much good that has been birthed out of this unique normal we all have to live. One of those positive things happen to be the rediscovery of time. Now, more than ever, folks are using time a bit more wisely and efficiently than ever before. Many have turned to utilizing this time, whether new-found or not, to learn something new. In fact, to curb some of the harsher realities that have been a result of these closures many companies, business, and educational facilitators have begun offering many individuals free trainings and opportunities for advancement educationally. Though some of these platforms have been around for a while, their popularity, during this pandemic have risen.
An awakening of sorts, this new time, has empowered many to LEARN again, in new ways. And as mentioned, numerous companies have paved the way in creating platforms for individuals to make the MOST of this new normal. Among some of those facilitators is a nifty web platform called, Class Central.
Class Central is a community driven search engine for online courses. An excerpt from their website outlines what they are about and offer perfectly:
“Class Central is a listing of online courses. We aggregate courses from many providers to make it easy to find the best courses on almost any subject, wherever they exist. We focus primarily on free (or free to audit) courses from universities, offered through massive open online course (MOOC) platforms. Whatever you are interested in learning, it is more than likely that our catalog includes a course that will meet your needs.
Through Class Central, you can find courses; review courses you’ve taken (and read other people’s reviews); follow universities, subjects and courses to receive personalized updates; and also plan and track your learning.”
In other words, it is easy access to learning at your fingertips. If you haven’t already heard of this awesome resource, it is time to not only acquaint yourself with it, but also worth your while to sign up. You will not regret the opportunity to expose yourself to opportunities for educational advancement free of cost. Also, the perk is, you can do this from the comfort of your own home computer. As a new member to class central myself, I can truly attest to how wonderful this platform is. There is nothing like keeping your mind fresh. And it never hurts to pick up a new trick or two.
With this pandemic putting roadblocks beyond our control in our way, it is best to keep our minds occupied.
So, do just that:
Occupy your mind.
For more information regarding Class Central and all that they offer please follow the link provided to visit their website. It will be well worth your time.
Learn something new today.
:: Post Rationalizing(s)
“All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.”
― Martin Fisher ―