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Digital Learning Day

Did you know that today is Digital Learning Day? With our rapidly changing technology, digital learning has become integrated into our lives even here in Mexico. Digital learning has made higher learning accessible to many who live in rural areas here in Mexico at the secondary, preparatory and even university level.

My son is currently enrolled in UVEG’s preparatory courses for his high school diploma. He’s doing well although Algebra has been giving him problems. He’s 49% through his course of study. He will finish just a little bit before his classmates who are studying in the traditional way and he doesn’t have to get up at 5 am. It works for us!

While the emphasis on technology promoted by the official Digital Learning Day in the classroom is intended for K-12 learning, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of my favorite online courses I’ve enjoyed over the years.

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The Science of Happiness by far takes the cake. It’s free. It’s just like being in a classroom with assignments and stuff. And I learned a LOT. You can read my review here.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfilment with Dr. Raj was entertaining but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Science of Happiness. Dr. Raj is quite a character and definitely adds to the fun aspect of this course.

I also took Oregon State University’s free course Intro to Permaculture. Even as an intro course, I think it was a little beyond me, but I did learn oodles of information about permaculture. Getting my husband to implement these “new” ideas hasn’t happened completely yet, but we are getting there.  You can read my review here.

Another class I enjoyed was The Challenges of Global Poverty at Class Central. Although most of the research was based on data collected in India, I found poverty in Mexico to be very similar. Here’s my review.
Herbalism Courses for all levelsHerbal Academy’s courses are wonderful! I’ve taken several courses which have expanded my understanding of herbs considerably.

Botany and Wildcrafting Course

Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course

And the one that started it all, the Herbal Medica Course.

I haven’t had the same quality of classes at Udemy, but then maybe I’ve just been taking different sorts of classes, practical rather than life learning in nature.

I’ve taken and completed 30 Day Blog Transformation Challenge and shared the helpful information with my SOTB Bloggers Group so that we all can improve. I’ve begun but not finished, Lifestyle Upgrades for Busy Adults, maybe because I’m too busy. I’m currently enrolled in Linked in Basics for FreelancersMarketing on Linkedin, and Pinterest Marketing. Social media still baffles me. I’m hoping to make some headway on understanding how these platforms work with these classes.

Of course, I have my own digital learning course to offer.course cover square Surviving Voluntary Exile: Overcoming Common Obstacles to Making a Successful Life Transition is available at Coursecraft. You can enroll today for 25% less in honor of Digital Learning Day here.

So that’s my contribution to Digital Learning Day #DLDay because you are never too old to learn something new!

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Herbal Academy’s Botany and Wildcrafting Course

Botany & Wildcrafting Course by Herbal Academy

I love wildcrafting. I’ve shared some of the local medicinal plant information here before. (See Natural Healing) However, I’m extremely limited in what I wildcraft.  So as not to poison anyone (especially myself) I have only made concoctions from plants that I can positively identify. Then I go further and double check my identification with locals. And I triple check any possible uses and side effects via med pub. Then, and only then, do I make something from these wild plants.

So when Herbal Academy said they had a new class specifically about wildcrafting, I was so excited!  I signed up a full month ahead of time so that I would be able to start the very first day the course was available.  Let me tell you, Botany and Wildcrafting was an amazing course!  I learned so much!

I was a little concerned before the course that there wouldn’t be much information I could use since Herbal Academy is found in the northeastern US and well, I’m not.  Delightfully, that wasn’t the case at all. The course was divided into 3 units and each unit was jam-packed with useful tidbits.

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The first section focused on plants as living beings, highlighting the many ways plants reproduce and examining how each plant is an essential part of the larger ecological system. While I was already familiar with the basics, there was so much I didn’t know.

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Since I’m in a completely foreign ecosystem, not at all like the quiet river valley I grew up in, plant identification here is frustrating to me. The second section of the course walked me through plant identification methods, plant morphology, taxonomy and using a dichotomous key.  Since I obviously won’t be at my computer doing any identifying, the printouts were a wonderful tool to use on my explorations! I don’t have a field guide specifically for Mexico, mostly because there isn’t one, but I have ordered a book about Mexican-American herbal remedies that I hope will aid in my local plant wildcrafting. Herbal Academy offers an illustrated botanical workbook to complement the course, but as the majority of the plants included aren’t found in my area, I opted not to purchase it. It is lovely though.

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The final section covered ethical and sustainable wildcrafting, drying herbs, and making tinctures, decoctions, and poultices. I had to think about the sustainable wildcrafting section and my role as wildcrafter for a bit. Up until now, I was the live and let live wildcrafting variety. My collections weren’t pressed flowers but pictures (which you can see on Instagram). But now, as the steward of the earth that I envision myself becoming, I believe it’s time to become more proactive in my defense of the wild plants in La Yacata. As a case in point, when we first moved here, the upper area was covered in rainy season wildflowers. Then came the chicken feather guy and the entire section has been utterly devastated ecologically. I could just kick myself for not gathering at least a few of the bulbs and transplanting them in a more protected area (like my backyard). No more! If that makes me the crazy plant lady wandering around La Yacata, floppy garden hat on my head and trowel in my hand, well, so be it!  I am on a mission!

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Hopefully, with these plant identification skills I’ve learned in the course, I’ll have some new natural remedies to share in the very near future.  Botany & Wildcrafting Course by Herbal Academy

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Botany and Wildcrafting Course

Another company that I joined the affiliate ranks was Herbal Academy.  Since my first online course, Herbal Materia Medica Course, I was hooked. I learned so much in that course that I felt like I could proudly stand behind Herbal Academy’s products and online courses.
Enroll now in the Materia Medica Course!

I complete The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course and reviewed it here.

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy

I also enjoyed  Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course and reviewed it here.
Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

I am excited as can be for the newest course I’ve enrolled in, the Botany and Wildcrafting Course. Registration begins today!  Class begins May 7.

Learn how to wildcraft and identify plants confidently in the Botany & Wildcrafting Course!

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Name all the parts of a plant, including the parts that make up flowers, leaves, fruits, and stems.
  • Identify new plants anywhere in the world using a dichotomous key.
  • Understand how to decipher plant part differences such as leaves, flowers, and fruits of separate plant species.
  • Decode patterns in nature and gain insight into plant relationships and herbal and edible use by understanding these patterns.
  • Sense of the vast number of relationships that exist between plants and other organisms that are required for pollination, seed dispersal, and survival.
  • Understand how and when to use a plant’s binomial name and discover why a plant might have more than one name.
  • Dry plants in a way that maintains their vitality, aroma, color, and flavor.
  • Create your very own herbarium of pressed plant specimens.
  • Get to know plants on a deeper level through keying, drawing, coloring, and organoleptic identification.

If you are as interested in wildcrafting as I am, this is the course for you!

A complete Herbal Starter Kit by Herbal Academy

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