Online Learning- Benefits and Challenges

April 15th, 2020 / By Eastern College

Online learning has become the preferred way for students to continue their education with as little disruption to their lives as possible. Online learning has many advantages, including schedule flexibility (not to mention wardrobe flexibility) but also comes with its own unique set of challenges.

  • Communication skills are vital to the online learning process and being able to clearly articulate your thoughts through writing is vital. Projects and assignments are submitted electronically, and virtual communication with your instructor and peers isn’t exactly the same as it is I.R.L. (that’s in real life for the uninitiated). Not only is it important to write with a clear voice, but you should also obey the rules of usage and grammar.
  • Self-discipline is the key. Freedom and flexibility are a huge perk if you’re able to stick to a schedule and organize your time efficiently, but that’s a big If. It takes far more discipline to stay focused on your work at home when the temptations of your bed, the couch and/or one more episode of your favourite show is so easily available. On the flip side it can be easy to get lost in your work, forget what time it is, miss meals, etc. You may need a reminder to take a break every once in a while!
  • The technical requirements for learning online may vary from course to course, but the basis will be the same. Students need to have a computer and a good internet connection in order to keep up with the course requirements.
  • Having the confidence to speak up and notify your instructor or school when an issue arises is an asset for online learning. You’ll want to approach your instructor if you are having difficulty with a part of the program, technical requirements, or anything else that may hinder your learning success. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – you’re most likely not the only one and your instructor will be happy to provide you assistance!

An online education allows you to change your life for the better without the impact that “going back to school” can have on your schedule. Success requires discipline, enthusiasm, and problem-solving skills, but if you’re able to get into the groove it can be just as good as the classroom.