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Taking online classes

  Compiled by myLIFE team me&myFAMILY November 11, 2020 30

Do you want to learn new things and expand your skills? Why not try online classes? There are many options available in a variety of fields in Luxembourg. All you have to do is sign up with a few clicks, then start learning at home. myLIFE explains how to get ready to take classes from your couch.

For many of us, lockdown forced us to finally give in and get focused to work from home. And if you succeeded in working from home, why not also try learning at home? You have probably noticed the abundance of online classes over the past few months. Given in the form of webinars or interactive sessions, these classes offer a new way to learn a language, or an introduction to a new sport or to project management, for example. Did you decide to try an online class? If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, this article may help you do so.

Online classes: who and why?

Whether you are a student, a seasoned professional or newly retired, it’s never too late to learn with an online class! Some people want to learn new skills, while others want to deepen existing knowledge and add a string to their professional bow. No matter your level or goals, you’re bound to find an online class that works for you.

Then, be sure to add your new skills to your CV or tell your employer. This may open new doors for you. You can earn a diploma or certificate with some online programmes, which will help you improve your skills and maybe land that dream job or climb the ladder at your current company. This continuing education can be a great alternative to traditional studies.

You take online classes in the comfort of your home, whenever is convenient for you.

Advantages and disadvantages

The online education revolution has many advantages. No more traffic on your way to class or realising you’ve left your textbook at home. With online classes, you save time and enjoy flexibility. All you need is the internet to access your classes, whenever and wherever you want. This is very convenient if you are busy with work, children and other responsibilities.

These classes generally have the same content as a traditional course, but are presented in a way that is more fun and interactive. You take them in the comfort of your home, whenever is convenient for you. And if you are shy, you don’t need to speak up during class. Finally, since you access the class remotely, you can generally take modules as many times as you want. This way, you can make sure you’ve understood the material before moving on. Online classes really do have it all.

There are a few disadvantages, however. Some people find them impersonal and miss interacting with the other students. You are in charge of your studies, and this requires more effort because you have to work on your own. Getting distracted is a risk when you learn through a screen. You can quickly lose concentration and want to browse other websites. You need a lot of self-discipline to stay focused and study efficiently. Finally, these types of classes do require that you know how to use a computer.

The MOOC boom

Have you ever heard of MOOCs? MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) can accommodate a large number of participants. Just imagine attending the same class as hundreds of other people, right from your living room! Specialised platforms list large numbers of high-quality programmes, some of them free, in all fields: personal or professional development, social sciences, computers, programming or health. In Luxembourg, these online education platforms are run by academic institutions (public and private universities and professional organisations). You can update your skills before taking a traditional class, add to a short course you took in person or alternate between online and in-person classes. All you have to do is choose one of the many courses available.

Online classes require more self-discipline because you have to work on your own.

Cultivate your inner artist

Taking classes online is also an opportunity to discover new passions and nurture your inner artist. Have you always dreamt of learning photography, music or writing? Professionals teach you the basics through videos and give you advice for practising at home. There are many specialised channels on platforms like YouTube.

Language classes, the online favourites

Like many others, you may want to learn a new language, either for work or pleasure. If you don’t have the time to join a group or prefer learning alone, there are solutions available to help you learn: online language classes.

You can use brochures and MP3 recordings to learn Luxembourgish, for example. Language centres also offer private, customised virtual classes that are tailored to your level and chosen language. These classes are designed for all levels. They are convenient and fun, yet maintain quality with the variety of resources available. For some, you can even set your own online class dates with the teacher.

Encourage your employees to take classes

Employers, you can offer online courses to your employees to foster retention and motivation. Employees who keep learning are usually happy. You can even have your continuing education programme subsidised.

Although online classes have become very popular because they are convenient and fun, they are not for everyone, particularly for those of us who are easily distracted. Nevertheless, they are an interesting alternative or addition to traditional classes. Give it a try!