Google Helpouts Provide Instant Online Education

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When you were a kid and wanted to learn something ¬– how to bake cookies or play a guitar – you could usually ask family or friends and get hands-on assistance to put you on the path to success. Then the Internet came along, and everything became a Google search and a bulleted “how-to” list. It worked, but not as well. You got the information you were looking for, but it often lacked necessary details. You could try the phone or even YouTube when you got stuck, but it wasn’t the same. There wasn’t a person there to teach you one-on-one.

In answer to this problem, Google has introduced Helpouts in association with search. Now, through your computer, you can get a real person, with real live video, working with you to tackle any task. You can ask questions, get support, and have someone help you through the parts where you’re struggling.

Now these lessons aren’t always free, like asking a family member often is, but the ones that do cost money are fairly inexpensive and can be done on your schedule. Plus, they cover everything, including fitness, technology, education, and a whole lot more. This way, you’re likely to find someone (probably an expert) for almost any task, unlike with your family and friends.

Helpouts is in its early stages, but there is potential to really raise the bar for what online education can act like in a one-on-one setting. And if you really can’t get it -done through video, there are always other options out there to find in-person teachers, like Take Lessons. So if you want to learn something, just go online and find someone to help out.

Written by: Travis Taggart
Travis is a regular contributor to the Ashford University blog.

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