Using Virtual Learning Resources To Diversify Your Skills

Posted on June 5, 2020 by .

Growing your skill-sets with virtual learning resources is an excellent way to further your career, and try something new. While there is a world of virtual learning resources online, we’re focusing on resources that are tech focused, geared towards software engineers, developers, and future leaders.

So, you know you want to expand your horizons and learn something new, but where do you start? The world wide web can be a dense, intimidating place that is saturated with options, so we’ve selected a few sources that specifically support the tech community. Whether you’d like to amp up your leadership skills, or divert your coding skills to another arena, we’ve got you covered.

Virtual Learning Resources At Your Fingertips

BuiltIn Colorado

Self-proclaimed hub for startups and tech in Colorado, BuiltIn Colorado has an extensive list of virtual learning resources, along with job postings and events connected to the Denver tech scene. In addition to daily events and virtual learning opportunities, BuiltIn CO also focuses on leadership in Colorado. Most recently their Leadership in Uncertain Times series gathered insights from leaders across Colorado on how they are shifting and staying motivated. Here’s a list of upcoming events for the tech space:

SQL Bootcamp: Learning the Language – Tuesday, June 9th from 10 AM- 5 PM

Visual Design Bootcamp – Wednesday, June 10th from 11 AM- 6 PM

Python Programming 101 – Wednesday, June 10th from 8 AM-11 PM

Product Management Bootcamp – Saturday, June 13th from 10 AM- 4 PM

JavaScript 201 – Functions & Scope – Thursday, June 18th from 6 PM- 9 PM

Class Central

A general resource that aggregates online learning opportunities is a great place to start when you’re not sure what you want to learn, or just want to explore the options.  Class Central’s primary focus is to bring mostly free university courses to an accessible online platform for auditing. They also have tools to plan and track your online learning progress.  For techies, here are a few options we found:

Artificial Intelligence Courses – Choose from 265 different classes, all on the future of AI.

DevOps Courses – 131 of the best DevOps and Cloud Computing courses available.

Software Development Courses – From Agile to Javascript to applied machine learning, there is something here for every level of software developer.

Mobile Development Courses – Ranging from Android app development to Mobile UI and UX design, this category covers everything to do with mobile software development.

The Connection Between Leadership And Learning

In a recent article, Harvard Business Review argues that  “Learning will be the foundation of our survival;”  noting that without adaptation from leadership, connecting with each other and customers in this new world will be difficult. With the global economy in flux, there is no better time to examine how we learn together and how learning, in general, promotes growth across industries. Studies actually show that employers not in investing in employee learning and training will end up costing their companies more money through turnover and unsatisfied workers.

Sometimes with all that is happening now, it can feel overwhelming or too taxing to invest our time in learning and growth. However, our new normal makes room for conversations about approaching growth, learning, and leadership in a more wholistic way. For example, business writer Abby Stemper notes, “people are hungry for guidance on how to navigate this unfamiliar world and for connection to others who are doing the same. High quality virtual training can be a powerful tool to help teams achieve both of these outcomes.”

Take a look at these sources for online learning in other topics like leadership and business:

Center for Creative Leadership – This behemoth leadership organization provides virtual learning resources for every level of leadership. Investing in virtual group courses or self-lead programs promotes new pathways for leadership strategy and effectiveness.

Udemy– Founded in 2010, Udemy is a “marketplace for learning and instruction that connects students around the world with everyday experts.” Boasting over 150,000 courses in over 65 languages, Udemy aims to make education more accessible for all.  Their classes are diverse and affordable, from business to development to IT&Software. Take a look at everything they have to offer here.

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