Online Learning Platforms at Lockdown Situation-III
Corona Virus outbreak continues to worsen day by day. Government in different countries shut down educational institutions and asked to stay home to curb Covid-19 spread inside the campus. In that lockdown situation students can use online platforms to continue their classes and other academic activities.
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Study at Your Own Pace
Everyone works and studies at his or her own pace. Some people pick up new information like magnets, while others need repetition to fully absorb new knowledge. There's nothing wrong with your learning style, but if you learn in the wrong environment, you'll waste your time and money.
Fast learners often feel held back when they're taking a course with slower learners. They want to jump forward with new information, but they're forced to wait for their peers to catch up. Meanwhile, slower learners feel undue pressure to catch up to other students. They feel embarrassed by their learning pace, which can affect mental health as well as academic success.
In an online learning environment, you set the pace. You're not competing with anyone else, so you don't have to feel pressured or held back.
Work While You Study
Most people can't afford to take six months off work to learn a new skill. In fact, recent research shows that nearly 50 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.
If you take online classes, you can study while you work. After you get home from the office, crack a book for an hour or two, and then repeat the process the next day. Fit in studying times over your lunch break and on the weekends.
Acquire Information According to Your Learning Style
Although there is some controversy in the academic community over the subject of learning styles, there's no argument that people absorb information in different ways.
Some people like to hear information. They process the data better that way, and they can remember the information for longer periods of time. Visual learners like graphs, videos, photographs, and other things they can see. They respond to visual cues that help their brain work through problems and pick up new knowledge.
No matter how you learn best, you can find an online course to meet your needs. Visual learners, for instance, might want to consider a course that includes lots of video and graphic representations of data. If you learn better through listening, consider choosing a course that includes audio recordings and podcasts.
Expand Your Network
Above, we mentioned that one of the advantages of online learning lies in your ability to work with students all around the world. The benefits don't stop after the course ends.
You might meet your next business partner or collaborator. Alternatively, you can connect with fellow students on LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Endorse one another's skills, serve as head hunters for each other when you learn of job opportunities, and continue to support one another in your respective careers.
Boost Your Brain
An active brain improves mental health, reduces the chances of developing dementia, and trains the mind to absorb information faster. When you continually challenge your brain, you keep it active and healthy, which can have long-term health and wellness benefits.
You can stimulate your brain in a number of different ways:
* Taking quizzes
* Working puzzles
* Watching educational television
* Reading books
* Acquiring new skills
Best of all, you can fulfill all of those activities through online courses. The more you stimulate your brain, the healthier you get.
Build Discipline and Accountability
Online courses can also help with personal development.
* Do you find yourself procrastinating when you should complete tasks on your to-do list?
* Have you ever given up on a goal because you failed to meet one objective?
* Can you remember a time when you failed to finish a task because you simply lost interest?
* Have you ever let down a colleague or superior because of poor discipline?
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, online learning might help.
As you work through online courses, you learn to trust yourself as an accountability partner. You're completing a goal because you want to gain benefits from it and because you've set yourself up for success.
Pursue a Hobby or Interest
Online courses aren't all about high-level academia. In fact, many of them revolve around personal interests that build out students' personal lives. You could learn a new language or how to play the piano. You might discover your crafty side during a scrapbooking e-course or discover your inner shutterbug with a photography course.
Since online courses cost less than their physical counterparts, you don't have to spring for as much of an investment. However, you still reap the rewards of learning something new, even if it has nothing to do with your job or career aspirations.
A Personalized Learning Experience
Think of online courses as self-directed education. Your instructor will help you build out a structure for each course, but you're ultimately in charge of personalizing the experience to suit your needs and preferences.
Traditional Education versus Online Learning
We've already compared traditional education and online learning in a few specific ways, but let's look at a few more comparisons to better understand how online learning benefits the student.
There's nothing wrong with traditional education. In fact, if you want a four-year degree or a graduate-level education, you should pursue it.
However, online learning opens up a new world of education. In fact, you can do both simultaneously, or wait until you finish your degree program to expand with distance learning. Whatever the case, there are clear advantages of online learning that can't exist in a physical classroom.
The internet has created an environment that encourages learning, so why not take advantage of it? Distance education has existed for more than a decade now (and even longer before that, through extension courses).
Today, online platforms allow anyone to become a bona fide teacher, regardless of his or her background. Just as you can learn from people in your community, you can learn from instructors who have the experience and knowledge necessary to teach you new skills. It's time to abandon the notion that education only happens in classrooms and within ivy-draped walls. It happens every day, whether it means reading a book, exploring a new blog, or taking an online course. It's time to take advantage of the many educational opportunities available to you.