How many of you remember pre-internet life? Yes yes, we all ‘interacted’ and could recite each other’s phone numbers but how good was it really?
Ok, it probably was a bit better but admitting that isn’t going to help me write this article.
If nothing else, independent learning was really really hard in the days before the internet. If it wasn’t part of a course, or in a book, you were stuffed.
Learning’s democratic these days. Anyone with an internet connection can access resources which, a few years ago were open only to those wiith the cash to study .
Thing is, we all know ‘being on the internet’ isn’t that good an indication of quality. As much as anyone with an internet connection can learn; anyone with the same internet connection can upload an instructional video.
So what’s good?
Sometimes I like to test Lynda by searching for some obscure skill like Audio Effects or Wacom shortcuts. To date, she’s never let me down.
General Assembly’s focus on start-ups is cracking if you need to get into the mindset of your client.
If you’re a doer more than a watcher (I’m talking learning style here people) a good search of social media, meetup or other localised communication tools should help you build a network of peers. Print socials, UX meet-ups and code clubs are all great places for you to meet volunteers actively sharing their experience.
And if you’re willing to trawl through the insanity, YouTube and Vimeo really isn’t that bad when it comes to instructional video. A personal favourite are the delightfully hypnotic hand lettering tutorials.
As with most stuff on the internet, quality is a judgement call you get to make yourself. Learning even one small task is enough for you to class watching video or reading an article a success. Just make sure you avoid those Cat.gif black holes.