With the second wave of COVID 19 and injunction and probably a lockdown 2.0 on its way in Nepal, we are faced with the situation of keeping us indoors.
Thanks to the News and TV channels we are constantly reminded that graphs of COVID cases and deaths are rising exponentially.
And thanks to the OTT services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony Liv, the privileged amongst us are able to binge-watch their favorite T.V series or movies (which is totally okay, by the way ).
But among all these things our daily habits, the sleeping pattern, and our mental health is taking a toll on us. An article published in the W.H.O website on COVID 19 and mental health states “it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In order to avoid the current turmoil, sharpening an existing skill or learning a new skill can provide us a sense of engagement and keep us alert both mentally and emotionally.
In short Lockdown Learning can be the best way to engage ourselves and build expertise, which otherwise we would not have time to pursue.
But now when we have most of the time with ourselves, a productive way to cope with the new pandemic is to learn a new skill which we, otherwise would not have the time due to our daily routine.
According to an article publish in the Forbes Magazine, 1.7 million hours of online learning content was seen in the LinkedIn Learning channel. The categories involved areas ranging from Marketing , Personality Development, Sales Pitch, and mostly learning new skills in the field of Information Technology.
Following the same trend in Nepal , lot of youngsters utilized and are still utilizing the lockdown situation and building themselves learning new technologies and skills.
Youtube being one of the most popular free video library source , many users without even paying a single penny watched video tutorials.
Similarly paid resources such as Udemy, LinkedIn Learning as well as local learning centers saw rise in students wanting to get enrolled for new skills.
Web Designing, Graphic Designing, Digital Marketing courses were the most viewed and opted by students. Similarly courses teaching languages such as Python, PHP, WordPress also attracted lot of students.
With classes being shifted from offline to online mode via channels such as Zoom, Google Classroom Microsoft Teams assisted the new learning pedagogy.
Education experts presume that with no clear speculation upon when will the COVID crises end, online learning and skills may be some productive measures which we can take to cope with the existing condition.
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