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Learning is really important to me. If I find myself in a position where I’m going through the motions and not expanding my mind, I tend to feel a bit stuck. So I was keen to take part in the Red Letter Days campaign to allow us to learn a new skill from online courses. September is the month of learning, so this is the perfect time to talk about the benefits of online learning and talk about the course I chose!

Benefits of online learning

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The benefits of online learning

Firstly, let’s just quickly cover some of the benefits of online learning. I’m sure there’s many more than what I’m going to list here but for the sake of keeping the post a respectable length, here are some benefits of online learning:

Flexibility: Obviously one of the main benefits of online learning is flexibility and the ability for students to juggle their learning among other tasks. Being able to fit your learning into your schedule – which is probably already busy – is a huge benefit.

It’s more accessible: Online learning can be incredible for accessibility in terms of physical and mental conditions. For someone who can’t get out and about easily, online learning offers them the same opportunities. Similar with mental conditions, such as anxiety or agoraphobia, which might make going into college more difficult.

Lower costs: Although it can still be quite pricey to learn online, it’s no doubt cheaper than physically attending college or University. You don’t have to think about travel expenses or additional living costs other that what you already pay for your own home.

Incredible choice of courses and topics: This point takes me nicely onto the rest of the post. Online learning is endless. There are an incredible amount of different topics and courses to choose from from a variety of different online learning providers. So it’s much more convenient to find one that works for you.

Benefits of Online Learning

Red Letter Days online learning experiences

I was kindly offered one of the Red Letter Days online courses to work through for this blog post and before we get on to the course I actually chose, I just want to talk about the huge range of exciting online courses they have available. It took me a good while to choose the course I wanted because there was so much choice and I was interested in SO MANY of them!

There’s definitely something for everyone, depending on the type of course you want to do. If you want something fun, there’s courses such as an Online Chocolate Truffle Making Webinar. If you want something to expand your own career or career prospects, you might try a photography workshop, an online digital marketing diploma or a tax accounting course.

Or you might chose something that will benefit you in life and help you gain valuable skills, such as pet first aid, mental health awareness, meditation, visualization and stress reduction or tarot card reading. There really is something for everyone, whatever you want to learn!

Anxiety Awareness Diploma Online Course For One

So eventually, after changing my mind a few times, I settled on the Anxiety Awareness Diploma Online Course for One. I wanted to chose something that made sense to me – not just a random course that wouldn’t actually provide any substance to my life and career. Obviously anxiety is a big part of my life so I finally decided on this course.

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The course itself is split into 10 modules, all around 70 minutes long, although some are a big longer. The modules cover everything from:

  • External Causes of Anxiety
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Anxiety Therapies and Treatments

and much more. Each module is written (no videos), has small 10 minute written tasks for you to do throughout (usually 3 per module) as well as a 30 minute worksheet to complete at the end of the module with 3 questions to test what you’ve learned. The thing I liked about this course was that it’s completely available to take at your own pace. You don’t need to complete anything by a certain date, nor do the worksheets get marked. So it’s a pretty stress-free course.

Benefits of Online Learning

At the end of the course, you’re required to take a 30 question multiple choice test, to determine whether you pass or not and obtain your certificate. At the end of the course, you’ll be issued with the Anxiety Awareness Diploma, which you can either print and save by yourself or get posted to you for a fee.

Although I have a lot of experience with anxiety anyway, I learned a lot from this course and found it really interesting. I love the stats and figures provided and actually discovered a couple of anxiety therapies I’ve never heard of before, which I’d love to look into further.

It was mega easy to navigate and work through. Right from purchasing the course on Red Letter Days to actually working through the course itself. If you’re looking to do some additional learning after reading about the benefits of online learning, I’d definitely recommend checking out Red Letter Days huge range of exciting and interesting courses!

Benefits of Online Learning

Have you ever done an online course? Which type of course would you like to do?

78 Comments

  1. I never realised that Red Letter Days did courses. I’ve always quite fancied doing an online course but could never decide on which one to take. I’ll definitely be checking them out to see what they offer.

  2. I love online courses and how accessible they make things for everyone, it’s great to have that level of flexibility. I’m glad you learnt a lot from your course x

    Sophie

  3. I haven’t done anything like this before but it sounds really great. I have always wanted to do some online courses before but I’ve never really known where to start. I’ll take a look into red letter courses! X

  4. I decided to go back to college at the age of 30, however, dropping everything and going where I needed to for the diploma that I wanted wasn’t exactly an option. That’s when I first started exploring the idea of online learning… I ended up getting my full Business – Marketing diploma from Seneca College in Toronto online. The only things that I had to turn up in person for was my final exams for each course. I was SO impressed with how well it worked into my daily schedule.

  5. I LOVE learning! This site sounds great and so does your anxiety awareness course. So pleased you could get so much value from it to help yourself and others! <3 x

  6. This is something that never crossed my mind and you actually right no transport worries or what ever and I think I’ll look into it in the future thank you for these advices.

  7. I have to agree with you, I’m the same way – if I’m not actively learning something new to expand my mind I feel like I’m a bit in a limbo like that feeling of learning something new never gets old!

    Online learning I honestly the best – I’ve done certifications online and I really love how it’s very much your own pace in some cases and also how accessible it is for everyone! There is so much to learn online for a fraction of a university course which is amazing – so it’s kind of like there finally isn’t a dollar sign to gatekeep people from higher education/seeking more knowledge.

    I’m really loving that Red Letter Days has a variety of courses available – all different niches so a bit for everyone!

    It seems like a great structure – especially with small tests in between to test what you’ve learned so you don’t have like an influx of knowledge but not applying it until end test/exam!

    Sahara
    https://www.saharasdreams.com/

  8. I really enjoyed realising this! I hadn’t thought about taking an online learning course before, but I’d love to learn a language or a new skill, and in these times it could be the best way forward. Thank you for sharing!

  9. There is definitely such a good and expansive choice of courses available online. Though I feel that nothing can compare to face to face education still, especially at a young age, I think online education can enhance this.

  10. It is so interesting that this course is completely written! One of the biggest issues I come across in online learning is having to depend on videos. My internet is satellite based and sometimes videos do not load for me.
    I took a writing course last month and loved it, but wished more of it could have been writing-based, so I will check out Red Letter Days and see what else they have to offer! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Online learning is just so much more accessible isn’t it? I’m a big fan and have a few ideas of what I want to do xx

  12. I’ve done a few online courses when I was in college and it actually suited me better than learning in class as it’s flexible and self-paced. I definitely struggle with pacing with other people (my attention doesn’t stay very long but I can pick things up fast) so I preferred online.

  13. I tried to start a course at the beginning of lockdown but I think I picked the wrong company because I had problems and it all went wrong, aha. This is making me feel really inspired now though, I love the idea of a photography course as I certainly need to get better. It sounds like this is structured really well. Great post!

  14. I have always wanted to do some online courses at home. I think they can really help you in certain areas where you want to develop skills.

    The flexibility and lower costs are a real draw to this as well.

    I think that is why I have thrown myself in to your course, I have just loved the experience of learning. It has been a long time since I have had anything I care enough about that makes me want to study.

    I bet the course you did will be super helpful for you x

  15. This is a great post! I recently started my MBA online and it has been an amazing experience. It is a lot to juggle, but I’ve made great relationships with my peers and I’m learning so much. I learn better by reading rather than listening to someone talk so independent studying is really great for me. Understanding how you learn best is a key to figuring out which program to do.

  16. I’ve only ever taken classes through Skillshare online, but I totally agree with your points! The flexibility is wonderful, and I love how comfortable it is compared to a classroom. The courses you got to try out sound really cool, such a great idea 🙂

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

  17. Oh wow, that sounds like a really great course Jenny! I’ve done a few online courses before but nothing that gives you like a certificate at the end so this is really interesting to me and I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

  18. I love taking classes online! Like you said, the flexibility is just so nice to be able to learn as you go. That course on anxiety sounds like it was a really great course, and I appreciate the resources you attached too! Thanks for sharing

  19. I love to learn. I try to learn something new everyday. I believe that when you stop learning, you die. I have taken an online SEO course. I enjoyed it and I like that I could go at my own pace. Thank you and take care.

  20. I love learning, whether it’s at work or personally. I love to open my mind and I’m really fortunate to have a team behind me that encourages my learning! I love an online course and I love to acheive it all!
    Rosie

  21. I am a huge fan of lifelong learning in any form. Online learning takes away so many barriers, as you point out. I’m starting a new program next week offered by a university thousands of kilometres from where I live. In the online world, anything is possible.

  22. I much prefer online learning to face to face. I love how Red Letter Days offer a wide variety of courses especially a Chocolate Truffle Course yummy! The anxiety course you undertook sounds like it worked really well, the fact that each module is just 70 minutes long is brilliant. Thank you for sharing Jenny!

  23. I have done a lot of online courses, I find them really helpful. My favourite which was purely for pleasure was a Wrongful Conviction course based in the US via Edx. I have completed many from the Centre of Excellence (paid) and Coursera (free) as well.

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