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How and Why to Become a Lifelong Learner

I just read a great article on Lifelong Learning that I encourage everyone to read on The Art of Manliness blog. It is loaded with helpful information and resources for people interested in learning. The most important quote:

Just because you’ve finished your formal education, doesn’t mean that your education is over!

I truly believe this and practice what I preach. Over the years, I feel I have continued learning, be it practicing and learning new songs on the guitar, working on my latest Arduino project, learning about stocks, financial markets or other aspects that relate to my work. Even repeating some of my old calculus classes this time through Khan Acadamy. All these are forms of active learning.

Being aware of passive learning moments is also important. Sometimes, you are learning without trying. Working with my kids on school projects, teaching karate, traveling; these were all moments of learning and growth, that happened without really trying.

Coursera and MOOC

I have recently signed up for a class on Coursera. The class is Computational Investing, Part I and so far I am having a great time.

The class is made up of video lectures, usually 10-15 minutes long, posted each week. The lectures are usually split in modules making it easy to break up your work on the class in small chunks. You do not have to lock up 2-3 consecutive hours to get the class down. I break up my work in small chunks based on free time.

MOOCs or massive open online courses have been around for a little while. They are a great way to start learning something new or increase your knowledge in a field you know well already. Sometimes just the collaboration with other students and having to do reading and homework is a great way to keep your brain sharp.

I may have a few more posts about this course in particular.