Online Learning: 5 tips to get the most from your online course

Please raise your hand if you’ve ever felt confronted with all the technology that is out there?

You really want to join in on an online learning course but … the technology, language or downloads seem to come from another planet.

Do you feel too old to enter this world of online learning?

Well there is good news for people of mature age (the young ones are OK). Learning and training in the world of modern day technology does not have to be daunting. With the right support and guidance you can not only feel confident to enter the world of online learning, but achieve the goals you have up until now, only dreamt about.

With the next 5 tips at your disposal you can be a confident participant in online learning.

5 tips to get the most from your online course

1. Make sure you have the right equipment.

The equipment does not have to be expensive. You need a computer, laptop, tablet/ipad or any of the modern day devises that can be connected to the internet. A headphone and mic will be necessary if you want to talk to the presenter. Again these are not expensive and the range is diverse. Just go to any computer store and make your selection. Personally (and I am over 65) I like a headset with mic included. Price ranges from about $29.95. Now you have the equipment let us move to the next tip.

2. Internet connection speed

This is so important. Making sure your provider offers a good fast speed will be the difference between a great experience with online training and disaster. In this day and age most computers and internet connections have an adequate speed.

3. Time

The allocation of time is such an important consideration. You see we all have 86,400 seconds each and every day. If you have a busy lifestyle, as many do, you will need to consider what time will be required to be allocated to your learning adventure. Once you know how much time will need to be allocated then the next step is very important. Having considered your time allocation now what do you do with it?

4. Diary to study

Purchase a diary or set one up on your computer. Enter calendar appointments with yourself to study. By allocating regular study times and taking small chunks of time allocating what you will study success is almost assured.

5. Clear instructions on how to complete the course

Last, but by no means least you want to make sure you have ongoing support. The training provider should offer a non-complicated link that you simply click on. You may have to download a link but then again this should be easy and not complicated; point and click and there you go. You should ask the training provider to run a test with you to make sure all your equipment and links are working BEFORE you actually enrol. In this way you are confident everything is working the way it should before you pay for enrolment.

Now you are ready to enter the exciting world of online learning and achieve your educational goals. Do you know what the best part will be? The nest time you consider doing an online learning course you will jump in without hesitation.

If we can help you with any further questions on online learning please do not hesitate to contact us by email mail@nctm.com.au