“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
Imagine you’re a singer back in 1963. Paul McCartney offers you a song to record called “Yesterday.” You think about it, but turn it down because you just don’t think it’s right for you. That’s what Billy Kramer did. He thought it was okay, but he was looking for more of a rock ‘n’ roll song, so he turned it down. Paul later recorded “Yesterday” himself and later it was voted one of the best songs of the 20th century. Billy Kramer must’ve kicked himself for passing up such an opportunity.
Similarly, we can pass up opportunities for learning in retirement. Top colleges, such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and others, offer online versions of their courses—for free! Unfortunately, many retirees pass on the thought of taking a college course. Perhaps they think they’re too old or that college just isn’t right for them. They may miss out on opportunities to keep learning in retirement.
First, College Is for 65+
Even though 62% of people over 65 consider themselves lifelong learners,1 the thought of spending hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars for a course, driving to a campus, and walking into a classroom of 18-22 year olds is discouraging.
So what are other options if you want to enhance your skills for work or just learn more about something you’re interested in?
Now you can join a course where age is irrelevant. No one can see you, and you can take classes in your pajamas if you want to. You can take the course anywhere with a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. You can join the classes when it’s convenient for you, whether that’s 5:30 a.m. or midnight. And it’s free.
Second, What Are Massive Open Online Courses?
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online course aimed at unlimited participation and are available to anyone via the web. The courses include lecture videos, reading material, assignments and tests.