Education has been revolutionized in the past few years. You just need to login online and you can start learning. E-learning offers learners the ability to learn new skills and concept on their own time and their own pace.
Much like anything else, e-learning can still be improved. Below are 5 ideas to make the most out of your e-learning.
Ideal Environment
With e-learning, you are not limited by the physical classroom. You’re not burdened by moving through a different location, this can be aggravated by traffic or extreme weather conditions.
Use this to your advantage – setup your computer in a quiet, low traffic area of your house with good lighting. Try to avoid comfy chairs or sofa as getting too comfortable could lead to sleeping instead or learning.
Smaller Sessions
The advantage of e-learning is flexibility. If you are assigned an hour video, doesn’t mean you need to watch that in one sitting. Adult attention span is capped at around 20 minutes so you better don’t finish that video.
Take a break from e-learning once you feel your attention span diminish. Get up and walk a bit or even do other activities not related to your course. Keep in mind that once your attention is gone, you’ll have a hard time retaining information, might as well rest a bit.
Perfect Timing
With traditional classes, you are caged in a schedule for the rest of the term. With e-learning, you can lean whenever works for your schedule. Make the most out of this and learn when you are at your best.
Watch Again
Watching a video once will not make you a master of that certain topic. With e-learning you can rewatch videos with ease.
At the first watching, you can focus on listening to the information. For the second watching you can now take notes better since you know what parts are quite important and those you can dismiss. Of course, you are not limited to two watching sessions, you can watch as long as you like.
Chat with the Community
One downside with e-learning is you miss out on the classroom interaction that can only happen in an offline environment, this is remedied by students creating groups for their courses. The online community can be an avenue where learners post questions and comments on other participant’s work. This sometimes even go through social media platforms and make plans to meet up for real work study groups.