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Affordable Online Learning for Lifelong Learners

with Don Frederiksen

Lifelong learning is an excellent habit. Learning is positive for your health. Those who dedicate some slice of their life to learning are generally happier and more engaging. 

There are many great paths for lifelong learning. You already use SHIFT workshops and events. But also, consider books, reading, podcasts, YouTube videos, and the topic of this workshop, online learning sites. 

This workshop will present and review popular online learning platforms that can help lifelong learners support their habits. There are dozens of online sites that provide online courses, many of which are free or affordable. The courses available from these popular sites range from languages to technical topics, from history to creative endeavors. We will demonstrate the sites as we search and sign up for courses in three sample areas: learning a foreign language, learning a technical topic like Microsoft Excel, and exploring a creative endeavor like photography.


After the session, you will have access to resources found on the website. There you will find lessons specifically developed for older adults. Use the online site to review class topics and explore lessons on other topics.  


DATE: Monday, September 27, 2021

TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 PM

COST: Members $15 / Non-Members $25

WHERE: Online via ZOOM

Please note that this is STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step One: Register for the session through this event page. Once you click on the register button and pay for your virtual seat, you will see both a confirmation page AND our booking system will send you a confirmation message to the email you used to register with us, providing a link to our ZOOM conference system.

Step Two: The ZOOM link shown on the confirmation page and within the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our ZOOM Virtual Meeting Room. That page will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. This second registration will then generate an invitation email containing your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE for logging in to the workshop.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating. However, the goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and private online workshop experience.

Your Presenter


Don Frederiksen

Don is the founder and principal of,

the online club that helps older adults stay connected and engaged by learning, sharing, and exploring technology. Don could be a SHIFT poster child with his encore experience. After 35 years working as an IT leader and manager, trainer, data analyst, and developer, his position was terminated in 2017 due to a corporate acquisition. He learned about SHIFT during his outplacement exploration. continues to be a work in progress with a mission to help older adults be active lifelong learners. Don started his professional career as a school band director, discovered personal computers in the early ’80s, and never looked back. He traveled the country teaching IT professionals, started two companies, and led corporate IT teams. He has a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He lives in St Anthony, MN.


In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment. 

SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances: 

  • You cancel your registration
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course

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