In the past five years online learning has become the norm in the academic community. It has allowed students to take a more influential role when it comes to their education. From developing a more self-directed student, teaching the importance of time management and prompting greater degrees of high-level self-reflection. In the past, university and college courses were limited in the degree of which a course could be taught and delivered. Focusing mostly on lectures and note taking, courses did not cater to every students learning style. However with today’s technology possibilities are limitless.
According to the Board of Education students can be broken down into three main categories: Auditory learners, who enjoy discussions and talking things through with others. Visual learners, who take detailed notes and benefit more from illustrations and presentations, which would most likely be found in a lecture. And kinaesthetic learners, who learn through doing activities and have an easier time remembering what was done than with what was said or seen.
Larger online resources in courses mean more methods in which students can learn. YouTube links are often posted on elearn by professors, a website which acts as a portal for specific courses. Access to subject specific videos allows students with distinct learning styles to choose a video that best explains the topic. For example, a deductive learner in a chemistry course, who prefers presentations that go from the general to the specific, could choose to watch a chemistry video on Youtube about general chemistry, and work his/her way up.
Connect for textbooks are another great online resource for students. Connect is a online textbook in which students can watch different videos, listen to mp3s, take practice quizzes and even perform guided experiments, based on their unit of study. This accommodates to visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. Connect allows students to be more self-motivated and control more aspects of their learning. Most professors require students to log a certain number of hours weekly for blended learning courses. Connect makes it possibly for students to focus solely on the textbook chapters they need help with and to watch or listen to videos and experiments that they find relevant.
TED is a resource for cutting edge discussions on relevant matters. It covers a large spectrum of topics that range from health technologies to global issues. The website features videos that show some of the leading names in science, politics and environmental issues. TED videos cater to every learning style, if a student takes the time to find the video right for them.
Overall, online learning opens the door to professional growth. Online resources and courses help to develop a student’s time management, self-motivation and sense of empowerment while also catering to their specific learning needs. With the increase in social media many companies and professionals are adapting a more modern approach to business. Graduates who have a better understanding of online resources and how to navigate the web will better adapt to their work environment and find more success after graduation.
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