How To Create Interactive Online Learning

There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you’ve helped people solve a real problem—and that’s why creating an interactive online learning experience is so important. Instead of using talking heads, engagement with content is vital in building real-world trust.

Though Americans have long been slow to adopt online educational resources, the trend is growing daily. In fact, nearly a third of college seniors took college courses online in 2016 — nearly double the number who did so in 2011, according to data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). You can expect that number to keep growing. But what exactly is the significance of this shift? Are we doing a better job of teaching in this age of virtual reality?

The ever-expanding possibilities for online learning have ramifications not only for individuals, but the real estate industry, too. That’s because we’re entering the “home-as-a-second-space” age. Going the online route could make your home more appealing to would-be buyers, and it can help you offset your home’s underlying costs. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare your home for growth in the years ahead.

1. Consider your home’s architectural style.

First, know which style of home you like best. For example, if you are a traditionalist, you may enjoy a country aesthetic, with a brick exterior and lots of hardwood floors. Or if you want to shake things up and mix it up a bit, you could go with a modernist home, with a corner lot and lots of glass and brick. But either way, your aesthetic preference should determine which type of home you are most interested in. As long as you have interest in and a love for those elements of a home’s design, it’s easy to find some low-risk ways to implement some extra style into your home’s design.

2. Think of your home as a single unit.

Sometimes it can seem a little too obvious to move parts of your home and add on to it, but sometimes going a little off-radar is worth it. Let’s take my beloved Tudor. It’s the house I love — the structure, the detailing, the original features (like the intricate tile work in the bathrooms). It’s my home — but even so, it could use a little transformation. As you may know, there are a number of ways to extend a house’s shape. If you wanted to add an entire bedroom wing, perhaps you could use that space as a new courtyard, and the existing kitchen could double as a kitchen island. These unique possibilities are almost always limited by the space available inside the house. There’s no need to make sacrifices, but it’s important to consider your home’s physical size from the very beginning. Are you going to be adding too much space inside the house to make it viable? That will depend on how much you’re willing to compromise on architectural style, light fixtures, and the overall design of the home.

3. Make a budget.

Just like with any other aspect of your home, finding the money to really make a change is the crucial part. There’s no point in feeling great about your plan and seeing your dream floor plan torn down to the barest bones. I spend a lot of time working with clients who want to have new kitchens added to their homes, and many are surprised to find how much their budget will cost. I tell them the real cost is in the added work of having all the cabinets and granite countertops installed and the specially trained interior designer help pull everything together. Once those elements are integrated, there’s no need to worry about old-fashioned interior decorating.

4. Make sure you have enough money left over after you remove these luxuries.

Planning this project ahead of time will allow you to get started now. You can also find cost-effective in-home help and work with the professionals you need, instead of hiring a professional interior designer and managing all the details yourself. You’ll be amazed at how many opportunities to integrate unique elements into your home you can achieve without spending a lot of money.

5. Think carefully about the impact of these changes.

Take a moment to think about how each element of your home will affect the home’s practicality. As you complete your project, consider evaluating the financial savings and benefits of each change as well as your long-term, home-life goals. Though some structural or interior changes may make your home more attractive to buyers, they’re often major adjustments. Do you really want to stay in your home for an extended period of time? Have your children left the house? Have you already made the necessary upgrades to make it more energy efficient? Before you buy into any change, consider the long-term implications.

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