Online Classes — on your own time…

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Monday is "Mind" day where we tackle topics related to education and career to here’s yesterday’s post…

My oldest daughter is almost 12. That’s about as long as I have been planning to take a class at a local college. Each semester the course catalog comes in and I peruse it with high hopes of learning about world history! or American literature! or Greek mythology! And then I look at the class times and it all falls apart — Wednesdays at 7pm? Nope, can’t count on my husband being home in time; Fridays at 10? Won’t work — can’t find a babysitter for Friday. And so, each semester, my hopes for higher learning were thwarted until I finally gave up. Figured that would be another chapter for another time.

Well, my husband found a lot of online class opportunities — some for credit, some just for learning. True, you don’t get that social experience where you can be someone other than a mother for a few hours a week (a 45-year-old co-ed in an Photosynthesis class — hot!) but you still get some brain stimulation and an alternative to reading parenting books and book club books. This is what we found…

UniversalClass.com: lots of online courses from Accounting to Yoga, starting at about $35/course and going up to $189/year for unlimited courses.

OnlineCourses.net: free courses from top universities.

eLearners.com: good courses, some great schools but it looks a little pricier — many courses didn’t list fees but one was listed as $631. Big difference. May be toward undergraduate degree.

There are plenty more listings — some more specific to subject matter, some for particular schools.

Now the world of education awaits you! At 5am — midnight — naptime — after the 2am feeding! OK, now that would be ambitious…

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