What is Online Learning?
Technology is so advanced today that you can now grocery shop, do banking and even go to school online. Students can now access their study material online and even join online conference calls with their tutors. You no longer have to physically sit in a classroom to get your education. This is great news for people who don’t have access to a campus near them, or don’t have the time to make it to class.
What Tools Will I use When I Study Online?
To study online you will need a laptop, computer or a smartphone. You will get your study material sent to you and you can access them from these devices. The most common tools you will use online include the following, so get familiar with these terms:
- Discussion forums
- Live chats
- Video calls
- Recorded lectures
What are the Benefits of Online Learning?
There are so many advantages of studying online. With the current global issues we are facing, more and more people are leaning towards this method of education. Here are a few benefits you can enjoy when studying online.
Study at Your Own Pace
No more pressure. You no longer have to keep up with the rest of the class. Some courses or modules may be easy for you and you may finish them quicker. While others will be more difficult and may require a little more of your time. You will have a flexible schedule and you may study at your own pace.
Access Course Material Whenever you Want
Since you’re going digital, you no longer have to carry heavy school books around with you. All you need is your laptop or computer, and or smartphone device. The great thing about this is that you can access your material whenever you want. On the train or bus, at the library, your favourite coffee shop or even from your couch.
Become More Disciplined
Having to put time aside to study is a big responsibility. Not many can manage to add another responsibility to their lives. You will become more self-disciplined to start studying or finish your assignments to meet your deadlines.
Keep Your Full-Time Job
Gone are the days that you had to choose between having a full-time job and studying. You can now choose both. Take care of your financial responsibilities and study towards your dream job.
How Will I be Assessed?
How you will be assessed depends on the course you enrolled for. Some online courses are only a few weeks long, while other institutions offer full diploma or degree qualifications online. Your online course might assess you on individual assignments, group discussions, exams or tests.
Are Online Courses Recognised?
A lot of online courses are accredited by professional bodies of higher learning. And the qualification is clearly stated in the online programme. Recruiters however have different requirements that they look for in a candidate. Most employers recognise online qualifications, but it is still your responsibility to check for the credibility of your qualification.
If you don’t have the resources to study online, why not consider distance learning as an alternative. Your books will be sent to you via courier or email, and you can chat to your lecturers via Whatsapp.
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Author: Cherri-Lee Rhode
Last Updated: May 22, 2020