Online learning has been there for a while now, but it is still starting times for a lot of young learner just out of universities. This is probably the right time to discuss a few of the points that makes online learning different from the traditional classroom. Based on our user data, we tried to observe how well our learners adapt to the online ecosystem, how persistent, and how faster they are acquiring skills in online courses relative to the face-to-face courses they used to attend. For students who have recently experienced integrated online learning ecosystem, here are few tips that you should action and be successful while learning online.
Communication is the key
It is really important to effectively communicate with instructors, peers, and fellow learners. Instructors are of great help if you are trying to understand how to effectively use the platform and where you can find the right resources. Learners need to make sure that they know the entire schedule and bandwidth of the program, how to effectively consume resources, and how to communicate well with each other. Activities with peers enhance participation and finish lessons. Engage in the forum discussion, read emails frequently, ask questions, and be an active participant during your learning sessions.
Using Your Learning Experience Platform Dashboard
Mentioning of online learning your learning device requires webcam so that you can connect virtually with your instructors. If the light by the side of the camera is on everybody can see you and we don’t need to discuss its implication of this. Make sure you use it wisely. Learners should become tech-savvier and consider their devices as the primary medium of instruction. They should get hands-on with the tools available on the platform like virtual labs, code playgrounds, community, course library, file sharing, or even the unexplored sections of the dashboard. We recommend a moderate internet speed, so that you don’t experience freezing video screens, longer downloading time, and delayed updates.
Online Learning is Not Easy
If you thought online learning was easy, you have to come up with a different approach. If your university or organization has funded your program your experience is going to be just as rigorous and challenging your regular classroom. If you are an individual the additional assignments and assessment will make it a hard nut to crack. In fact, online learning is one better way to address issues like time-management and self-motivation. These traits can be achieved in case learners are ready to take up the challenge. Just to give learners a heads up that online programs at IIHT are not going be academically easier or an attractive learning option and will require hard work like any other classroom program.
Manage your time effectively
If you have a shorter attention span and often lose yourself in thoughts, online learning will prose a pretty serious roadblock. With all comforts around you at home, such learners may just ignore online sessions as background noise. Learners need to have a well-defined for waking up, breakfast, exercise, and the rest of the day similar to any regular day at campus or work. You should be ready with the required resources ahead of time and keep a couple of hours for additional reading and assignments. A proper routine helps learners to formalize the total learning experience and juggle between different day-to-day responsibilities.
Develop a positive work/learning environment
Online learning sessions assume that you’re in the class and learners need to act that way. Learners need to treat these sessions as actual classrooms. This requires learners to set up a dedicated learning environment to partake in online programs. A high-speed internet connection will be a plus. While we wouldn’t recommend an isolated environment, there’s probably a happy medium between that and the room where you keep your Playstation. “It’s also best if you make sure that your family, friends, and pets know, if the class is a-rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’”.
As soon as learners get used to the online learning ecosystem and the sessions become a part of their routine they just roll along. Although it might take some time to feel that way. It is really important for learners to use the resources as well as possible. Learners don’t need to feel overwhelmed and seek expert advice from their instructors. Getting distracted while learning on devices learners used for entertainment purposes is so easy, so it is required to put yourselves in the headspace of “I am here to learn” and “I am in a classroom”. Fellow learners are helpful to discuss lectures, assignments, projects, etc.