Let’s dive into a topic that’s becoming increasingly relevant in our digital age: Online Learning. With the rise of technology, learning no longer means sitting in a traditional classroom with a chalkboard. Today, we can learn anything, anytime, and anywhere, thanks to technology. But with this convenience also comes a set of unique challenges. Business Management Research Associates (BMRA) conducts training in-person and online, to meet the needs of all our learners. Currently, we have over 250 courses to explore. You may be used to a classroom and not quite ready to dive into the world of online learning.
Let’s discuss some of these and investigate ways to make online learning a rewarding experience.
- Flexibility: Choose when and where to attend training. Need to move around during the day? No problem. Prefer the local café? Go for it.
- Variety: Your instructors work hard to keep you engaged through a variety of delivery methods.
- Self-Paced: Learn at your own speed. Rewind, pause, or fast-forward as you wish. (Reminder: This only applies to asynchronous learning)
- Lack of Structure: Without a fixed schedule, procrastination can creep in. (Reminder: This only applies to asynchronous learning)
- Distractions: Learning from a remote location, it’s easy to get sidetracked by Netflix, social media, or household chores.
- Limited Social Interaction: Missing out on classroom banter can make online learning feel a bit lonely.
Tips to Make Online Learning Work for You
- Set Clear Goals: Before diving into a course, clarify what you hope to achieve. Whether it’s upskilling for work or just picking up a new hobby, setting goals will keep you motivated. Even if this is a required training, you need to be clear about what you want out of it.
- Create a “Study Space”: Dedicate a quiet, comfortable spot for your studies. This signals to your brain, “It’s study time!” each time you sit there.
- Limit Distractions: Turn off social media notifications. If you’re really struggling, consider apps like “Focus@Will” or “Forest” to keep you on track.
- Engage with Peers: Many online platforms have forums or discussion boards. Engage with fellow learners to discuss lessons, ask questions, and share resources.
- Take Notes: Keep up with that kinesthetic activity and write things down! Regularly test yourself and apply what you’ve learned.
- Take Breaks: Just as in traditional learning, your brain needs time to absorb new information. Don’t use break time to catch up on email. Step away from the computer monitor and take a walk or chat with family or friends.
- Stay Curious: Enjoy the journey of learning. If you’re losing interest in a subject, dig deeper, ask questions, reflect on your learning.
- Seek Feedback: Share what you’ve learned with friends, family, or online communities. They can offer fresh perspectives and might point out areas for improvement.
Embrace the Future of Learning
We will leave you with this: the digital age offers unparalleled access to information and learning. The key is to harness this power in a way that aligns with your learning style, life, and goals. Remember, it’s not about how fast or how much you learn, but how well you understand and apply your knowledge.