Classrooms used to be defined by four walls and a blackboard. Nowadays, virtual classrooms are increasingly the norm. But just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. Is online learning right for you?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Online programs are flexible and can usually be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. It’s a great option for working professionals looking to transition into a new career, people with family demands or those who simply want the flexibility to learn at their own pace.
Certificate, diploma and graduate certificate programs are offered online and, in many cases, the courses lead to professional designations that can help you achieve your career goals.
Learning from faculty with extensive industry experience enriches the online learning experience. It’s just as important for faculty to have specific training or experience in online teaching because they are critical in helping the online learner be successful.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
KNOW YOUR LEARNING PLATFORM AND SUPPORTS
Understanding the online learning platform can make or break your learning experience. At Fanshawe, we use Brightspace, by Desire2Learn, an industry-leader in online learning platforms. It’s important to familiarize yourself with how the course is organized, as well as how the various learning tools function, such as quizzes, assignment submissions, discussion forums, virtual collaborating and testing. As always, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need assistance!
BE MOTIVATED AND GET ORGANIZED
Online learning requires a lot of self-discipline. Whether you’re taking a single course or multiple, it’s important to stay organized. Plan out your course activities on a calendar, schedule times to work on each course and log in frequently.
Online programs are where introverts and extroverts can collaborate with confidence. Get to know your classmates and professors by participating in discussions and asking questions. The more you participate, the more enriching the learning experience will be.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fanshawe has 20+ online diploma and graduate certificate programs and 600+ online courses.
You can assess your readiness with Smarter Measure, an indicator of whether or not the online learning environment is right for you. Request your free login at fanshawec.ca/online.