As examined in past posts, a key component to online learners achievement in the online environment is self-bearing, the capacity and readiness to direct one’s own particular education. Online learners, more so than conventional learners, should be autonomous and assume liability for their Learning. Self-coordinated learning includes a particular expertise set: association, inspiration, and a feeling of certainty.
Let’s face it: online learning is truly different from face-to-face learning. When you have trainees opting for online Training for the sole sake of “flexibility”, you must understand that, as a training manager, you need to guide your trainees a bit more. In this article, we will share with you the 5 best practices and qualities required in an online learner, in order for them to succeed in eLearning training programs.
The best way to teach eLearning success characteristics is to educate your trainees beforehand. A great way to introduce these 10 points is to share them in your learning management system as a mandatory read/activity before beginning any eLearning course. What’s more, you can run a short 5-point quiz towards the end of these 10 points to assess the understanding in your trainees.
1. Online learners are required to be open-minded about life, work, and educational experiences as a part of the training program. This means that they need to improvise when resources and facilities similar to a physical learning environment are not provided. Adaptability is an amazing human trait. When applied to the online learning environment, it yields amazing benefits.
2. Learners should be able to communicate effectively through writing. They need to try to “show” with writing, instead of “telling”. Urge them to use descriptive words and where possible, insert images to support their descriptions.
3. Online learners should also be self-motivated and self-disciplined. Essentially, they need to be self-starters. They cannot afford to fall behind and expect the kind of help they received in school from their educators.
4. Learners should be willing to speak up when problems arise or when conflicts are sensed in a discussion. Holding back a decision point or an argument will only lead to dissatisfaction with the course.
5. Online learners need to be ready to commit anywhere between four and fifteen hours per week for a course. The biggest challenge in an online learning environment is keeping up with the assigned readings. Time needs to be allocated and reading materials must be downloaded beforehand. Then, they can be read while in long lines, or during a commute, to take optimal advantage of “wasted” time.
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