One of the precepts of my success in business and photography has been my attitude of "lifetime learning". Those of you that know me have observed that my life in the technology world was characterized first by knowledge and certifications about each technology that I was associated with. Most of that learning was through non-traditional means such as books, seminars and short training sessions. I had achieved much success by the time I was in my 50's. By the late 1990's I had noticed that my lack of a college degree was hampering my further rise as a technology manager. I embarked on a rather frenzied mission to get my Bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix. I got my degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in 2001. As a mediocre student in high school (back in the 1960's) I was quite surprised at how well I embraced the university environment and classes. I graduated with honors as the top student in the IT division. I then went on and tackled my Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration in 2004 at Webster University, once again graduating with Honors and a 4.0 GPA. From that time until after I retired in 2011 I went back to learning from newly expanding internet based methodologies that would be considered more non-traditional. I continue on that path each and every day. My post-retirement career would be in the field of photography (my non-job passion for the previous 20 years). I did not choose to get a formal degree in photography (mainly because of the cost). I do think that I have carved out a good path to learn, explore, perfect and future proof my knowledge base. I continue to learn from several different Internet web technologies and am always exploring more ways to learn each week.
The first of those learning sites is Kelby One (kelbyone.com). Kelby One is an offshoot of Scott Kelby's Photoshop User magazine and a part of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. I signed up for Kelby Training (its earlier name) when it started and was able to maintain my discounted membership from those early days. At first there were very few courses and the production values were fairly low. As time progressed and Photoshop User enterprises continued to succeed they increased the course catalog, instructors and quality into what it is today.
Kelby One has over 10,000 courses ranging in length from 20 minutes to over 4 hours. Most courses are around an hour in length. They cover categories of Photoshop, photography, video, Lightroom, design, business and inspiration. Every week more courses are published and the course content is expanded to cover the leading edge of technology in all those categories. Kelby One is tied closely to the Adobe product line, but not exclusively and have been expanding their course offerings. You can learn more about Kelby One at: http://kelbyone.com/
Current pricing information and benefits are included in the screen shot on the right.
My next major learning portal is Lynda.com. They are similar to Kelby One, but cover more technology disciplines including Information Technology, business software, marketing, development and audio and music. Lynda's courses tend to be longer with many in the 3-5 hour range. Some of the instructors are the same as those on Kelby One.
You can browse the site at: http://www.lynda.com/member.aspx
The two web sites above are the major players in the technology learning marketplace (but not necessarily the only ones). I also subscribe to a couple of smaller but more specialized web sites.
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