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Old 10-15-15, 10:16 AM
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I telecommute as a supervisor of our accounting department. I log in via remote access and use skype to communicate with my assistants.

The thing I love about this is that I have set my hours so that I have a two hour lunch break so I have time for my daily ride, shower and lunch before I log back in.
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Do any of you have experience with working from home ... connecting to your "office" online or other methods of working from home?

Or what about acquiring education online? Are your children taught through an online school? Are you getting your next degree through online education?

I'm sure most of us shop online to some extent ... bicycle parts delivered to your door every few weeks ... but are you able to do all your shopping online? Do any of you do your grocery shopping online?


I would love to work from home, and actually, the work I do could be done from home if my office were willing to set me up for that. I would likely have to go into the office about once a week for meetings or to pick stuff up, but the rest of what I do could be done from the comfort of my home. And my work situations have been like that for years.

However, none of the places I've worked supports that idea. They've all required their employees to turn up to the office most of the time.

If your place of employment has gone through a transition from being office-based to home-based ... tell us about it.

As for school, I have encountered some Grades 1-12 online education options. As part of my teaching practicum, I spent a day here: St. Gabriel Online School | St. Gabriel Learning Centre ... and I might be interested in teaching at something similar, but these sorts of places are not common. Not yet anyway.

When you get up into post-secondary education, again, most colleges and universities require attendance in classes. There are, of course, some schools like the Athabasca University in Alberta Athabasca University : Canada's Leader in Online & Distance Education where students can get degrees online, but these are also not common. Not yet anyway.

My own current university offers part of each course online ... I had a collection of 15 modules I needed to complete online ... and they post the lectures online, but they do still require in-class attendance for the bulk of the course.

Have you acquired education through online courses?


And here's a question ...

If more things like work and education were to be online, our need for transportation may be reduced (thus the link to "living car free or light") but would a shift to an online life change architecture?

For example:

Large office buildings might not be needed. Offices might consist of a reception area, several meeting rooms, and a small collection of offices for those who have come in for half a day to pick stuff up or attend meetings rather than the current setup of an office for every staff member.

And what about houses? If husband, wife, and three kids are all at home instead of going off to work or school, would homes be built with additional rooms for office space?


Several of you here enjoy speculating ... what do you imagine might be some changes if our lives were to go completely, or almost completely online?

And 5 years later ... here we are.
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I have mixed feelings about working from home or studying. I'm a freelancer, but I'd been working at the office for years.
What are the benefits - I save money( I sold my car and don't use any paid transport), I save time, I work with comfort ( on a couch or bed). And I don't see any other benefits. Some times when I have a lot of work I can stay at home for a long time. I don't see my coworkers, friends, as often as I want. Honestly, I'm thinking about moving closer to the workplace to be able to ride there by bike.
What about online education, I support ideas of online courses and tutoring. School and universities have to be "offline" because kids need communication, socialization. They spend online too much time
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I am absolutely LOVING online university! I'm there to learn, not socialise. I no longer have to spend so much time getting there and back. Most of my work is individual. It's great!

I'm also liking online work. I've got extra time each day because I don't have a 1.5 hour commute, and I can work at my own pace.

It's all good!!

I was spending about 9-10 hours a day commuting (and would have spent more if I were cycling) ... now I'm getting a bit more sleep, life is less stressful, and I'm doing more.

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I work at the office as a choice. I like getting out on the bike and getting exercise. I don't want to go insane alone at home.
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