Is online learning right for you?
Online study is becoming more popular, but it isn't for everyone. You will need to be committed, engage with your learning, be a part of the learning community, contribute your ideas to others in online discussions and activities, follow feedback and create a space, place and time for good study.
Engage with your learning
It’s important that you engage with your course materials – all of them! Click on every link, as they are all there for a reason. Think about where and when you will study, so that you won’t have distractions. You need to be able to think for good chunks of time, to succeed in your learning.
Be part of the learning community
You might feel like you are alone when you are studying online but you're part of a special group: your online class! A learning community is a group of people who learn together, talk together, help each other and solve problems together. From the beginning, you need to get to know your classmates and tutor well. Do not be afraid to participate in chats and conferences, to turn on your camera and see the interesting people you are studying with.
Your tutor will be giving you feedback all through the course. Students who succeed are the ones who listen and change according to the feedback.
Space, place and tools
Online learning does need “a classroom” – it’s a classroom you make. Not every place can be a classroom. It should not have other people. It should have a computer and applications that can do what you need them to do. You will need paper or a notebook to make yourself notes as you go and it will also help if you have a good headset and a built-in camera.
Think about time
Online learning needs time. Each course has a certain number of expected hours of study per week, including self-directed hours. That means that it’s up to you to work your way through the course materials. The best way to do this is to think about when your study times will be, and make this your routine. Make sure those around you know your routine, so they know when you are studying and to respect this by not interrupting you. Your tutor will help you with a timetable to work through each lesson and assignment – but you need to make time to do the work!