Now more than ever, online learning is a great way for people of all ages to continue their education, dive into a topic of interest or learn something completely new. When it comes to online learning for seniors, there are a variety of benefits, and the options for both the types of courses and the available methods of learning are truly limitless.
Here’s everything you need to know about online learning and online classes for seniors.
From a desktop to a tablet or even your mobile device, wherever you can access the internet or your downloaded applications, you can log into a virtual class.
Most online classes have a schedule outlining the course overview and what to expect. While providing structure, this also gives you flexibility in determining when you want to tune in, study and do any coursework.
Many online classes for seniors are pre-recorded, and therefore are self-paced, giving you the extra freedom to fit a course into your schedule wherever it best makes sense without having to worry about deadlines.
School is often one of the best places to make friends, and while online learning is remote (and the days of making friends on the playground have passed) it still provides opportunities to connect with others who have similar interests. Study forums, interactive classes with video streaming, group projects, virtual book clubs and more are all ways to collaborate with others and meet new, like-minded people.
The brain behaves like a muscle, which means in order to keep it strong and healthy, you need to keep it engaged — and challenged — on a regular basis. New experiences, like learning something new or sharpening old skills through an online course, are great ways to preserve — and even strengthen — cognitive function.
A quick internet search of courses in your desired subject or skill will bring up a variety of options for you to choose from, and not all of them take the form of a traditional class — like free online classes for seniors, for example. Here are a few you may consider:
Whether you’re looking for a how-to course on publishing a novel, curious about the Revolutionary War or interested in learning how to maintain optimal health as you age, the world of online learning is vast, and picking up new knowledge or adding a unique skill to your arsenal is a great for social engagement, life purpose, brain health and more.
At StoryPoint, residents can enjoy daily activities and events including educational classes and seminars, game nights, cooking demonstrations and more. For more information, call us at 1-855-407-8679.