With the development of technology and learning resources, lessons and seminars are no longer restricted to classrooms. They are now accessible to every student through different mediums and devices, allowing them to develop themselves constantly regardless of any timeframe.
Self-education and development are ongoing processes with a range of benefits that lie in the skills provided to the learner. In fact, self-learning equips students with life skills called “transferable” or “portable.” Every learner works continuously to strengthen and adapt these skills to every job or industry.
Most importantly, self-education supplies learners with the technical skills to become employable, especially in long term career positions. Recent statistics show a 35% increase in retention rates thanks to self-learning solutions.
That’s because self-learning is based on personal efforts and researches where learners looking for specific topics will find out additional information and tutorials. Therefore, they don’t have to follow specific curricula, pre-planned learning pace, or fixed studying modules: they are able to create their own!
Learners will select topics and courses that they are passionate about. In addition, tackling modern topics will increase learner’s readiness for the future of jobs: the technological rise of the 21st century is resulting in the creation of new jobs. Having digital and life skills to successfully fulfill future positions is a must to every job seeker.
In Lebanon, 110 over 142 users have used a self-learning platform such as Moodle, Udemy, and BlackBoard at least once.
According to a poll launched on DOT Lebanon’s social media channels, 74% of the respondents said that self-learning is easier than traditional learning due to its accessibility, lower cost, and user-friendliness.
Modern and traditional learning methods are complementary. The process of combining them called “blended learning” which makes lessons more interactive, increases student’s interest and focus and improves their learning capacities through exploration and research. It also provides them autonomy and builds up their ability to self assess their knowledge.
For these reasons, DOT Lebanon has partnered with Google Arabia to deliver basic and advanced digital training on Maharat Min, Google’s platform, in an initiative targeting youth, women, and startups in the MENA region. It offers more than 100 FREE Arabic online course, covering topics such as e-commerce and social media management, search engine optimization, web, and graphic design and much more.
Using easy and fast learning modules through short videos, case studies, and quizzes, this program will help users to develop their digital skills for online business development and will support DOT Lebanon’s beneficiaries as well to master self-learning tools.
At the end of the course, a Google certificate is provided, allowing students to upgrade their professional profile and business owners to enhance their online presence.
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