Don’t look at online education just as a tool for people who are too busy to go to a classroom. Remember this crucial phrase: “educated adult.
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When I became the early evening news anchor for campus broadcasts at New York University and Columbia University, I knew that in addition to learning to report and edit my own stories, I was also learning a new way to present myself. That’s because I wasn’t making in-person network news broadcasts anymore, but on the other side of a computer screen.
At a time when college tuition had tripled over the previous generation’s, you couldn’t get your education for free; you either had to pay for your undergraduate education and build a degree to show for it, or you made a separate investment to earn a graduate degree. All that said, until recently, going to college meant getting into a school, sticking to a schedule, and being surrounded by other people learning and working on their own, on the other side of a computer screen. Students had to pay for this degree, and to learn about it, then they had to do a full 12 years’ worth of attending school and taking classes.
This was the context within which online courses or certified learning programs worked. Rather than being part of a class, participants were provided with a certain number of modules and were to be expected to make an effort to complete them; in fact, if they failed, they were not allowed to re-enter. So, adult learners could learn in an independent way without having to keep a schedule.
I’m trying to learn with my whole heart online by practicing real interviews and gleaning more experience with my journalism skills. I was going from TV anchor to reading a news story on air, which meant cutting out the elements of the actual event I was covering. But what about today’s format? What I can really expect to learn and express in each of my “seminars”?
I’m still getting better and learning more from every facet of life. But I also recognize how much I have missed from growing up in a school system where we learned we would learn to speak, read, and become able to write our thoughts and our emotions. Nowadays, it’s just another requirement of being an adult. Don’t forget the time as you read this. What was your school or workplace environment? Do you remember the emphasis we placed on learning? Even just the notion of learning had changed: A once-experimental program wasn’t anymore a buzzword, just the expectation that people here would be successful. Did that change translate to everyone?
What about online learning? I know, you’re always invited to your local library, learning about how to read or write; how to understand a new language. But are we thinking more about the time you spend in online learning? I love many online communities out there, including some that are driven by the great New York Times. Many of these communities encourage students to ask questions and to network with others to reach a greater degree of knowledge. And therein lies the appeal: it’s not just a way to learn, but a way to connect and find resources to learn more.
But, let’s be clear: These aren’t jobs you can do every day, or take in a college class. Sure, those are some jobs, and some of them are exciting and uplifting. They’re what I’m learning to pursue with my online learning experience. But they’re not the only things I’m learning. They are! My educational experience is, however, getting more and more interesting and relevant and geared towards personal growth. More than my journey through this journey (and I’m sure you can relate), which is exciting and thrilling, part of what’s encouraging me, and I think all educators and learners alike, is how it opens doors to a number of career paths and choices. To be open to asking questions and learning new things about the career realm, we need to find a space to go first.
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