What Can You Learn On the Internet?

What Can You Learn On the Internet?

You can research anything online. You can buy anything online. And now you can learn anything online.

From one-handed cartwheels to crafting skills, students of all ages turn to the Internet to learn skills. Skill-seekers learn to pull pranks or cut rope in an emergency for free – all  online. Web hosts have found markets for an array of skills, too.

How lucrative is the market? Can’t people find free how-to videos?

A Marketplace.org report says craft company Craftsy earned $43 million in 2014.1 Crafty online classes range from cooking to wood-crafting. The Denver-based company has six million registered users.

Here are four skills you can learn online, for free or for a charge.

Blog it

You guessed it there are sites – including blogs – to teach you how to blog.

With 152 million blogs online2, what can distinguish yours? It depends on your end game, but there are plenty of online resources. Several blogs focus on the art of blogging, with step-by-step guides. Amy Lynn Andrews offers a self-paced, free course. It can take you from beginner to web sensation.

Note: Want to be a pro? There’s a field of study on how to monetize your blog, too. MyWifeQuitHerJob.com offers an online course on how to create an online course. Did you follow that?

Get musical

From the unfulfilled musician to the instrument hack, there are sites just for you.

Zoen.com connects teachers and students for everything from the banjo to drums. Students need a webcam and Internet access for an interactive session with a teacher. Some sites also offer a music theory course to take with music instruction or on its own.

Note: ArtistWorks.com allows students to send video for instructors to critique. 8notes.com offers free lessons, sheet music and tools.

Rack ‘em up

Some pool sharks cut their teeth on the Internet.

Free site EasyPoolTutor.com teaches how to play pocket billiards. Instructors cover all skill levels, from basic fundamentals to pool’s mental game. Colorado State University  hosts a free-access site that covers resources for teaching pool, too.

Note: This blog promises to teach users to play pool well in less than 30 minutes. Talk about a trick shot.

Speed reading

A skill born in the 1950s has reached the Internet age.

Average readers reach 200 words per minute. They comprehend 60% of what they read. A seasoned speed reader could reach 1000 wpm with 85% retention, sites claim.3 Spreeder.com offers free online software and a reading speed test. The site’s blog includes speed-reading tips.

Note: Readspeeder.com can explain speed-reading terms such as meaningful phrases and thought-units.

From blogging to billiards to bass guitar, there’s a lot to learn online. It becomes lucrative when demand creates the market. Will these or other online skills elevate to pay-for-lessons the way crafting has?

1Source: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/want-get-crafty-help-only-click-away

2Source: http://www.wpvirtuoso.com/how-many-blogs-are-on-the-internet/

3Source: readingsoft.com