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Facts about Learning Online

Facts about Learning Online

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Getting a degree through an online provider does not necessarily make it easier. People tend to underestimate the effort it takes to complete an online course. Like any class, online learning is serious business that requires discipline and concentration. The primary advantage online education affords a student is the convenience to work around one’s personal schedule. However, completing the course is an entirely different matter.

Often times, taking an online class becomes more challenging particularly for a student who is juggling various responsibilities at work and at home. It becomes easy at certain times to procrastinate and put off work for an online class because of the flexible hours it provides. But complacency can become a death trap from which some students cannot escape from. Bear in mind that just like any class that assigns reading assignments, homework, and gives exams, online learning is no different.

In some cases, the lack of classroom interaction also becomes a reason to put off work. This is because the conventional camaraderie among students is missing. This could prove to be a struggle for those who are used to working in groups. Prior to signing up for an online class, it is best to get advice from others who have successfully completed a program. It is also best to consider providers who offer email interaction with their tutors. This communication enhances the learning experience. At the same time, it makes the transition from a traditional to a virtual classroom manageable.

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

It occurs to me that creating a virtual study group--meeting using a Google Hangout for example--might a good way to 1) ameliorate the isolation that comes from studying alone and 2) create peer expectations and support for keeping up with the work.

Something to think about...

Jeff's picture
Theatre teacher middle and high, ESL, Sped, gen subjects middle

I can say this much. As a teacher who had to prepare lessons for kids, assign work and collect it, it was a terrible chore. We used Moodle and perhaps that was much of the problem but for my money I would much rather teacher in person.

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