E- Learning: Handy Tips For Utilizing Online Education At Work

2017-07-13 by Steve

Learn some of the basics of e-learning and online education at work.

The use of computers and the internet has opened up a myriad of opportunities for the average corporate employee. From online banking to social media platforms, you can literally manage all the aspects of your life from behind a laptop. The latest addition has been e-Learning which has taken the corporate world by storm.

Taking your first toddler steps towards your financial and corporate security.

Online classes, despite seeming intimidating at first, don’t require as much work or demand as many resources as the traditional formal education system. This has made it a favorable option for junior employees, especially those in their first or second jobs. Nowadays, you can listen to lectures, take short quizzes and even sit for entire examinations, all from the comfort of your home or office. Unlike evening classes, you won’t have to contend with been too pre-occupied after dusk, allowing you to spend some quality time with your family after a long day in the office. But does it really work?

Basic skills needed to pursue an online degree or college diploma.

Aside from basic computer skills, ( which almost everyone today possesses), you will also need to cultivate a culture of discipline and time management. For starters, there is no dispute that pursuing an online degree while still working calls for a great deal of sacrifice, perseverance, and exemplary organization skills. In fact, there will be days you will find yourself battling with two or more approaching deadlines – one from your online tutorage classes and another one from your boss.

That said, here are a few helpful tips you could use to make your education at work program a successful venture.

a.) Don’t forget the discussion board.

In online classes, a discussion board is more or less an open forum where students and tutors interact and share opinions. Most of the time, due to time constraints, many e-learners will skip this forum and head straight to their respective classes. However, in the long run, they end up missing a lot, especially if participating in the discussion board forms part of the final grade.

Besides, interacting constantly with other online students works for you rather than against you.

b.)Keep a comprehensive diary, preferably on your phone or office workstation.

Balancing your e-classes and your corporate responsibilities is by far one of the most taxing things that come with advancing your education while still on a payroll. However, keeping an electronic diary e.g the one of your phone, can save you the embarrassment of turning up for work on a Monday morning only to realize that you completely forgot to wrap up your weekend project.

On the other hand, online instructors have a knack for issuing weekly or bi-weekly assignments. Thus, it’s upon you to formulate a functional timetable geared towards meeting all your tutorage deadlines within the specified grace period. Otherwise, you could yourself repeating classes and spending a lot of money in the process.

A good strategy is to jot down all your deadlines, be they monthly, daily, bi-weekly and weekly and then set reminders to update you constantly regarding any diminishing timeframe.

Another way is by completing assignments or short quizzes as soon as they are posted on your work board. This way, you won’t have to worry about overdue deadlines or requesting for extensions from your tutor every so often.

c.)Print out or duplicate and carry your notes with you.

A majority of online scholars make the common mistake of studying only after work or during the weekends. Sometimes, this may not be adequate, particularly if you’re pursuing a demanding online course. In such cases, you may want to carve out some time from lunch hour or your daily commute and spare some minutes to take a quiz or a short test. In the long run, you’ll realize the small nuggets of minutes and seconds can add up to a couple of vital hours after a fortnight or month.

Additional tips.

  1. Prepare a printed and soft copy portfolio featuring all the skills or information gathered from the online classes even if it is not a requirement.
  2. It is also advisable to let your immediate seniors in the loop about your part-time studies, just in case they may want to chip in.
  3. Don’t get discouraged if you fail classes. A diploma doesn’t come easy.
  4. Make sure that the online degree is issued by a reputable university or tutorage firm before enrolling.
  5. Do not be tempted to outsource your classes to a third party, even you’re pressed for time.

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