Traditional education in America has caused millions of people to conclude that education is something you can “finish.”
With more students being homeschooled and given the option to take courses online due to the pandemic, the world might begin to see children evolve into adults who prioritize learning and self-education beyond their school years.
The worldwide e-learning market is projected to be worth $325 Billion in 2025 (Source: Forbes)
Chase’s Annual Events lists the first seven days of September as Self-University Week, which serves as a reminder to adults (in or out of school) that we all have a responsibility to help shape the future by pursuing lifelong education.
“Answers to our most pressing problems are found in self-education and the willingness to use reason in reaching equitable solutions. The external push for degrees in order to qualify for high-paying jobs often blinds us to the fact that education is as necessary for our general well being, as it is for economic opportunity.”
Publisher and bookseller Autodidactic Press has sponsored Self-University Week since 1989, with an intention to continually expand the celebration until the value of lifelong learning is indelibly etched into the national consciousness.
Thankfully, in the internet age, there is no limit to the resources available for us to educate ourselves; you can literally find a video or an app on how to do almost anything. Below are some of our top suggestions out of Autodidactic Press’s: 52 Ways to Celebrate Self-University Week September 1-7 and we’ve added our own commentary of digital equivalents so you can get the self-learning you need in a way that’s most convenient for you.
- Lookup a new word every morning and figure out three ways to use it during the day.
- Listen to audiobooks or language tapes while you drive.
- Watch only informative TV shows (no sitcoms, soaps, sports, giveaways, movies, MTV or QVC). Exception: if you never watch the kind of entertainment shows listed, sample a few.
- Any suggestions for informative TV shows? Let us know in the comments.
- Attend an open meeting or public forum each on your lunch hour or in the evening for a week.
- Twitter chats are engaging and interactive. Check the schedule to see if there is a Twitter chat coming up that you would like to join.
- Sign up for a night course, workshop, or seminar. Opt for something that is new to you or that you find highly interesting.
- Take photos of ten things (places, objects, people) that best symbolize who you are, then take ten more of things that represent your dreams. Use a digital camera so you can put the photos together in an album, montage, or a web page.
- Compile a reading list of books you intend to read during the next year and pick one to start off with.
- I suggest using the Kindle app. Books take up space that you may or may not have, so Kindle is a great alternative. Also, I don’t know about the Kindle Reader, but your Kindle app will allow you to create a wish list so you can store and remove books to keep track of your reading list.
- Write an article for your company, institution, hobby, club, or community organization newsletter or [FBI STYLE ;-)] magazine.
- See what I did there? 🙂
- Listen to literary classics or foreign language instruction tapes in your car every day for a week, instead of music.
- Learning a new language is so fascinating. If you only do one thing on this list, this might be the best experience for you. Duolingo is said to be one of the best language learning apps with a wide variety of languages for you to choose from.
- Practice the tutorials for a new piece of computer software.
- If we’re talking about tutorials, then YouTube is the place. You’ll find tutorials on how to sing or play an instrument, how to fix a car or how to work that new piece of computer software.
- Write a brief summary of your life so far, or depict your life graphically on a large sheet of paper.
- If you’re willing to go deep, this particular exercise can be quite unveiling.
- Search a large computer database [or Google] using your favourite subjects as keywords.
- Spend a day or a week “media-free” no radio, TV, books or magazines–entertain nothing but your own thoughts.
- Could you do this for at least a whole day? Let us know in the comments.
- Write an essay (or make a list) describing what you think were the greatest errors and accomplishments of the twentieth century. How can these lessons make life better in the twenty-first century?
- This is great for anyone who has some things on their mind about the greatest errors and accomplishments during COVID-19.
- Memorize a poem.
- Take an art class.
- Or an art YouTube tutorial 😉
Read all 52 suggestions here.