Online Learning

The information presented here is meant to be used as a general introduction to online learning. The requirements for your particular course maybe different from those that are presented here. Please be sure to check with your particular program before starting any online learning course. You may also need to meet prerequisite requirements before enrolling in your course.

What is Online Learning?

Welcome to Online Learning. Sooner or later, most of us will be presented with an opportunity to take an online course. Online learning, sometimes also referred to as distance learning, is a virtual class where the teacher and the students are in different physical locations. They may be separated by country lines or simply campus locations. It is a unique way to learn with people who may be in very different physical locations. Students and professionals alike have used online learning to enhance their learning experience and gain more flexibility in their learning schedule.

Online learning provides individuals with an opportunity to schedule their own study time. For instance, a busy individual with a full time job can study in the evening or weekends. Someone with young children can study while the children take an afternoon nap. It also gives people the option to study in their chosen environment, whether it be in the library or on the dinning room table.

Online learning can be for everyone. Online learning requires access to technology including the phone, computer and the Internet. Anyone can be successful at online learning so long as they are willing to make certain adjustments. Since everyone learns differently, be sure to see the section on Learning Styles in order to better understand your own learning style.

Why choose online learning?

Online learning offers flexibility and convenience. It gives you a chance to be independent and the ability to set your own studying schedule. You can study at home in your pajamas and save the time and cost of commuting. It provides control over your day-to-day schedule. It utilizes technology and provides one-on-one feedback from your professor. It also gives you a chance to get to know people from different physical locations. Online learning provides students with direct and personal feedback. It also gives students a chance to think before answering a question or participating in class discussion.

Online learning gives busy people a chance to enhance their skills without being committed to given time every week.

Take the following quiz to see if you need to change anything before taking an online course.


Quiz

What do you need to consider before beginning an online learning course? Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions to see where you may need some assistance.

  1. Do you have regular access to a computer and Internet?
  2. Are you comfortable using technology?
  3. Are you able to make a time commitment of 4-12 hours a week?
  4. Do you like to work independently?
  5. Are you comfortable communicating through writing?
  6. Are you self motivated and disciplined or willing to learn new strategies?

If you can answer "YES" to most of these questions, you maybe well on your way to be successful at online learning. If you answered "NO" to any of the questions above, just click on the question to see why this element is important for online learning and what you can do to improve your skills in this area.

Counselling & Career Coaching offers many great ways to improve your skills in various areas. If you would like to discuss any of the above items, visit Counselling & Career and Coaching Services in room 582C (St. James) or Room C317(Casa Loma). Counselling & Career Coaching at George Brown College also offers great workshops that will help you with any kind of learning. Be sure to check our current workshop schedule to see what is being offered in the upcoming weeks.

Learning Style Preferences

We need to study smarter not longer or harder. That means creating a tool box of strategies. When you hit a "wall" you then need to be looking for the right strategy rather than becoming frustrated and giving up. Everyone learns differently and has different strengths and weaknesses. Knowing your particular Strengths can help you make the most out of you time and effort.

One of the ways to look at learning styles is to find out if your learning Preference is Visual, Kinaesthetic or Auditory. Identifying and understanding the order of your style preferences will help in planning and implementing your personal learning strategies. You will be able to identify and lead with your strengths, understand your reactions, and be more observant and tolerant of others' needs.

It is important to remember that we utilize all three modalities.

Knowing our area(s) of greatest strength gives us a starting point. For example, if you have a visual preference, try to begin by reading material or instructions; find a picture, diagram or chart. You will then be more successful in listening/discussing (auditory) and applying (kinaesthetic) new learning.

Do you know your learning style? Assess your learning style. It will help you explore which strategies work best for you.

The information presented here is meant to be used as a general introduction to online learning. The requirements for your particular course maybe different from those that are presented here. Please be sure to check with your particular program before starting any online learning course. You may also need to meet prerequisite requirements before enrolling in your course.