If you’re sitting at home unsure of how to fill the time, you’re not alone. With some countries in lockdown and government’s around the world enforcing social distancing measures, people are looking for activities to help time fly.
There are lots of things to fill your time with – think of all those unread books on your bookshelf. But with so much uncertainty in the air, how can you get ready to make a contribution to a post-pandemic world?
Associate Professor Colin Higgins says once society starts returning to normal, employers will likely be looking to hire people who used this time productively.
'It’s a really good idea for students, or potential learners, anybody out there, to use their downtime to think about how they might start to upskill so they’re ready,' he says.
'Employers will therefore be looking for people that have used this time productively. How has somebody invested in themselves to enable them to stand out when it comes to looking for a job again?'
Investing in yourself can take many different forms. During this time, investing in yourself might mean disconnecting from social media and the news for a couple hours every evening. It might mean taking up an online fitness class, focusing on having home cooked meals instead of ordering takeout. Or maybe even learning a new language.
It might also mean taking an online course in an area of study you’re interested in learning more about. It doesn’t have to be about improving your career – lifelong learning can support a passion just as much as it can support your professional development.
No matter why you choose to hit the books, studying can give you a sense of purpose, which can greatly assist your mental health and wellbeing.
Choosing to study online
Whether you’re looking to upskill in an area related to your professional development, or you’re looking for tools to help you support your community, you can find an online course to meet your needs. Deakin offers a range of free, two-week online courses that operate as standalone units.
'It’s self contained, in terms of being able to jump in on this two-week short course,' Assoc. Prof. Higgins says of Deakin’s Free Open Courses, 'and there’s lots of opportunity in there for learning off each other – it’s a very global cohort.'
As a digital-first university, Deakin creates online communities where its students thrive off interacting with other students. The digital connections students make because they’re engaging online underpins successful short online courses.
For those who find the short course to be not quite enough, Deakin’s free open courses also feed into a relevant graduate certificate. You can think of the short courses as a bit of a teaser for additional study.
Looking for a course to get you through this time? Try one of these
No matter why you choose to study – whether it’s to add a little something to your resume or to help you support your community better – Deakin’s online courses cater to a variety of needs. These four courses, for example, are just a sample of what you can learn in a two-week period.
Transforming Digital Learning: Learning Design Meets Service Design
Deakin, as a leader in online education, has the staff, knowledge and premium interactive platforms to share with educators globally to set up digital learning environments. As schools and workplaces shift to online methods of delivery, this course helps educators in all industries meet the needs of their students.
Deakin’s Transforming Digital Learning short course gives you, as an educator, insight into evolving digital technologies, digitally-enabled approaches to learning design and delivery and strategies for your own professional practice.
Caring for Older People: A Partnership Model
Deakin’s Caring for Older People short course offers a better understanding of how to address the challenges of supporting an older friend, relative or patient, especially during times of social distancing.
The course introduces a collaborative partnership model that enables you to provide the right level of support for someone in aged care. The course includes discussions of the impact of COVID-19 and how you can put together a care plan to support an older person in your family or your community.
Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive
With the country grappling with the reality of a pandemic and coming to terms with having to rapidly adapt our lifestyles, it can feel overwhelming to manage increasing feelings of stress and anxiety. But there are ways to help manage it.
Deakin’s Professional Resilience short course gives you the insight into understanding the set of practices that make people resilient. By the time you finish this course, you’ll have produced your own resilience plan that you can put into practice as you transition to working from home on a permanent basis.
Leading Strategic Innovation: How to lead with purpose
Leadership during periods of uncertainty can be difficult, but it’s during these times that people require support and direction. Workforces as we know them are being turned on their heads, asking leaders to innovate business practices and processes.
Now more than ever, leaders need to innovate. Deakin’s Leading Strategic Innovation course gives you the key concepts and tools to deal with change. Whether you’re a one-person team or you’re the head of an organisation, this course supports you in making a difference within your business and society.
What free open courses does Deakin offer?
Along with the above listed courses, Deakin also offers the following free online courses:
- Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself – open now, starts 9 March 2020
- Introduction to Humanitarian Aid – open now, starts 9 March 2020
- Transforming Digital Learning – open now, starts 9 March 2020
- Becoming Career Smart – open now, starts 9 March 2020
- Infant Nutrition – open now, starts 23 March 2020
- Caring for Older People: A Partnership Model – open now, starts 23 March 2020
- Leading Strategic Innovation – open now, starts 23 March 2020
- Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive – open now, starts 23 March 2020
- Leading Culturally Diverse Teams in the Workplace – open now, starts 30 March 2020
Want to join one of our free online courses or learn more about what's available? Find out more.