COMM0011 Blog Post #1: Get the most out of your e-learning

You are taking a class and something comes up that you aren’t too sure about and you REALLY want to raise your hand but you don’t because you fear sounding like a fool and the last thing you want is for your peers to think that about you. Your palms are sweaty, you can’t focus, ‘oh no did he just say pop quiz, what is going on, I wasn’t listening!

Sound familiar?

We have all had at least one of these moments in our lives and the worst part is we forget absolutely everything we learned in class. Who loses out, we do and that’s not right! The older we get, the harder it becomes to take classes, not only due to time and money but to the simple fact that we don’t want to fail. Last fall I had to get my First Aid/CPR certification, easy right? The minute the course started the instructor said that there would be an exam at the end of the course. What was my initial thought? Panic! ‘What! An exam…I haven’t written one of those in years! What if I fail!’ I felt anxious for the whole two-day course because of this. Don’t worry I passed with flying colours 😊

E-Learning is about wanting the learner to succeed!

The point is, how can we help professionals develop those career skills that they need to thrive within their industry and have them use what they learn on a daily basis? For starters let’s take away that stress of shame. Now let’s take away the pressure of ‘oh well you missed it, tough’.

This is the best part about e-learning – there is no classroom, there are no other peers, there is just you and the course. This helps to reduce stress and anxiety and lets the learner concentrate on the course material. If you need to go back and watch a lesson again or review the course notes, you can. If you don’t feel like you are ready to take the test, no problem, take the time you need. After all, is it about “evaluation” or is the true purpose of training actually “education”?

We know what the advantages are of incorporating e-learning into your organizations training and what the benefits are to both the employer and the employee – cost effective, convenient, effective, etc.  So, the question now is how can we maximize our learning? Now that we have removed the stress and shame from the picture, how can we make it work for YOU?

You want to make sure that you are getting the most out of what you are learning, if not, what is the point really? Here are some tips for you to keep in mind when you are participating in e-learning training.

1. Take what you have learned and put it to practice

Once we learn something new, whether it be a new skill or technique, if we don’t put it to practice we will lose it. So, once you have completed an online course, try to incorporate what you have learned, at least once a day for six weeks – then see if it becomes natural!

2. Build on what you already know and have an interest in

Select courses that are right for you – that will help you gain new insight into a skill or technique that you have an interest in. If you don’t have a computer science background, you wouldn’t take a course in coding, would you? I mean you could, don’t get me wrong, but you wouldn’t be able to put it to daily use and you wouldn’t be building on existing knowledge, making it twice as hard to follow and risking the chance of losing everything you’ve learned.

3. When you catch yourself wandering, take a short break, then go back

One of the most common writing tips that people will tell you to do, is to step away once you are done writing, go and do something else, and then go back to it. Why is that? Because sometimes we are so focused that we miss a lot of what is right in front of us. Taking that short break and coming back fresh will help you to retain more of what you are learning. E-learning lets you learn at your own pace, so if you notice your mind wandering, step back and take a break and then go back when you are ready. You wont miss anything

4. Learn in an environment that you are most comfortable in

How much stress can the brain handle? When things get tough a normal reaction for most people is to shut down. If you are in a learning environment where you often feel stress and/or anxiety, it makes you uncomfortable and most likely it will be all that you can think about. E-learning helps to elevate this stress and anxiety that a classroom can make some of us feel.

Source: E-Learning Infographics

Don’t let stress and anxiety stand in your way of reaching for the top of that corporate ladder! Make sure you are getting the most out of your #elearning by following these simple 4 steps!

 

 Some simple tricks to make #elearning work for YOU!

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One thought on “COMM0011 Blog Post #1: Get the most out of your e-learning

  1. This is a really good post! I can really relate to the topic. I’ve taken both in class courses and online courses and find that, although I really like the comfort of doing online courses from home, I do have a problem trying to focus a lot of the time.

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