Today’s educator sounds a lot like a professor, a journalist, a Facebook editor, or a government employee. Meanwhile, the schools themselves are morphing into companies, several of which are even charging students.
How Are Students Learning Online
By Malika Haqq, Staff Writer
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This holiday season, online retailers are offering better deals than ever before, including unlimited shipping. However, that overwhelming number of offers may mean overwhelming amounts of information to wade through. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the choices out there, take a moment to take a look at your options online. While this can be frustrating if you don’t know which method works best for you, there are some ways you can learn about online learning and still make informed decisions.
Note: Although hundreds of online courses are offered through various channels, this guide will focus on learning in a timely manner without going deep into the weeds. Read other posts in this series about online learning in general.
How Can You Find the Right Options for Your Learning Style?
There is a huge difference between finding the right online course and learning online with the right pace. If you’re trying to learn something new or a difficult skill like coding, setting yourself up for a success isn’t an easy process. Though there are various options that can offer very similar classes, it’s important to choose a course that caters to your learning style. Once you narrow down your choices, look for a balance of engaging lectures and interactive labs. You may need both; go with a course with both, or pick one or the other. You should consider the time and effort that you can commit to an online class. Will you be able to add it to your schedule during vacation and save money on textbooks? Can you actually see instructors and do anything? These are some questions to consider before choosing an online option.
Building Off of a Good Beginning
Just like in the real world, you need to start somewhere before you can build an incredible reputation. Before you can teach others how to use Google, you have to learn how to use a computer and understand how to navigate the internet. Therefore, it’s important to find something you enjoy doing, and then get the education aspect down before you’re ready to teach others.
It’s important to find activities that you’re excited about, whether it’s video games, an activity in the library, or just watching movies. In the course of building up your skills, if you have a strong curiosity and are good at taking on tasks, teach them to others. Give someone a hint to Google a phrase or mention something in a class and they will want to learn it. A simple example is making notes on the class online! If you want to make a good impression, here’s how to start.
Take an Intro and a Tutorial
Since you’re using both the web and video games to learn, it makes sense to pair up your courses. This way, when you’re making your way through a course, you can jump from a tutorial to a lesson on how to do something new. This allows you to do well at learning something from both styles and shows that you can also master the concepts in a web-based class.
In addition to an introductory level, you should also look for a tutorial that can provide a high level of knowledge in your career field. Check out videos with actual professors who have taught the topic to offer a clear understanding of the material. If you’re not yet working on a new course, then look into an introductory study. Topics you can cover include subjects such as language, computer skills, or environmental science. All of these courses offer a blended learning experience where you get both levels of classes. For example, the introductory course for a language course can be a lecture and an interactive class that follows the lecture. This course will ultimately allow you to learn skills while giving you the chance to practice the material.
There are a number of different ways to learn online, and it’s important to get the education in your life you need. Being inspired by your peers, having a plan for your career, and having the expertise to teach others is essential for success. Be sure to check out what’s available online in a timely manner; learn from others’ mistakes and empower yourself through your path.