Note: This is a guest article by Lauren Bailey. More details about her after the post.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. — Albert Einstein
Inspiration and creativity are two fundamental aspects of success. With the right inspiration and a bout of creativity, we can bring ourselves to do and create some of the most amazing things.
That being said, creativity and inspiration don’t necessarily come easily. Finding ways to encourage both of these paramount elements of our lives is important not only to our personal wellbeing, but also to our professional lives.
One of the absolute best ways to find inspiration and discover new creative pathways is through the world of education and learning. Consider these five online educational resources to encourage creativity and inspire new ideas.
OpenCourseWare is one of the latest trends in the online higher education world. Inviting anyone with internet to access courses actually taught at higher ed staples like MIT and Harvard, OpenCourseWare is a revolutionary concept.
Students can use these free and extensive classes to learn new subjects, refresh and study old subjects, or find inspiration in general. With topics ranging from Math to English and Computer Programming to Art History, you’re guaranteed to find some subject that peaks your interest. Regardless of what kind of inspiration you need, chances are one of these subjects and classes can awaken some creativity and drive in you.
This web/radio series has been going on for many, many years now. Covering topics on anything you can think of, each show offers an in-depth, enchanting, and educational look into a new world or a new aspect of the lives we lead. These few minutes or so stories can be just as distracting as it is beautiful and awe-inspiring.
Peruse the archive for a discussion that catches your eye and get lost in the stories, interviews, and debates held for each topic. Not always covering educational topics, This American Life looks at things from a very educational point of view. Things are carefully thought about, carefully discussed, and researched. Even if the discussion is not on a topic that is immediately involved with your life or work, it can spark inspiration and creativity nonetheless.
3. TED Talks
TED talks are by far my favorite source for inspiration and non-traditional learning. These talks are anywhere from five to 20 minutes long on topics that range from business to science to education to art.
The speakers are influential and important people within their industry, who share their passion in these videos. Every video encourages watchers and listeners to question and explore things. As one of the most inspirational resources online, I cannot recommend TED enough. Even a talk on the bioluminescence of deep-sea creatures can inspire creativity in the business world and more.
4. Khan Academy
Khan Academy, like OpenCourseWare, seeks to offer educational lessons online for anyone to use. While Khan is focused primarily on subjects for middle school and high school, much of the material can be useful for anyone.
Khan presents interactive and intuitive videos providing lessons on topics in math, science, language, literature, and much, much more. There are few things more inspiring or exciting than learning something new or understanding a new facet of something you’re interested in.
Wolfram|Alpha is one of the unique and fascinating educational tool available online. Created based on British scientist Stephen Wolfram’s work, this tool is the search engine of all search engines. Users can input a query or computational request into the textbox on the site and the device will compute an answer for you.
Wolfram|Alpha allows users to ask any question and will give calculated and careful results. This tool can be a more useful search engine in many cases because it yields narrower and more focused results. This can be a wonderfully inspirational practice. Ask any question and learn precise and fascinating things that can lead you to more questions. Wolfram|Alpha takes the most fundamental element of education and learning—the question—and masters it.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. — George Santayana
In this article, we saw 5 of the top online inspirational education resources for creative learning.
Have you used any of these? What’s your opinion?
Also, if you know some other useful resources, please let us know in the comments below.
Name: Lauren Bailey
About: Lauren is a freelance blogger who loves writing about education, new technology, lifestyle and health. As an education writer, she works to research and provide information for those ranking online colleges and welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren99(at)gmail(dot)com.
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