Last updated: 29.06.12

Expert gives tips for success when distance learning online

With a rising number of schools and colleges providing e-learning courses, students might find themselves beginning online training but could be concerned about how to go about it.

Writing for SayCampusLife, Matthew Keegan explained some universities and colleges are even providing full programmes through distance learning online, enabling people to attain a degree qualification or take classes without entering the campus.

He suggested students try to keep in contact with educators throughout the course through email or on the telephone.

If e-learning courses involve real-time classes held over the internet, participants ought to ensure they attend every lesson and should be willing to ask questions.

While people may be able to review their course online, the expert pointed out some facilities may penalise students who are not interactive.

Some people can find it difficult to engage in extensive distance learning online because they are not used to working by themselves, Mr Keegan stated.

He suggested students should make sure they know all of their deadlines, including those of term papers, reports and tests.

Furthermore, learners will also have to ensure they have a decent computer that can handle the virtual learning environment and the programmes it involves, so they are not left without access to their course materials and can view files and programmes when they need to.

"Millions of students are taking college courses online, connecting with schools via the internet as they work toward their degrees," he remarked.

"Online education has essentially replaced correspondence-driven education, enabling students from all over the world to enjoy distance learning," he had previously stated.

Furthermore, the specialist claimed it is important for people involved in e-learning courses to take a break from time to time so they can enjoy themselves in much the same way as they would if they were attending bricks-and-mortar institutions.

This should "especially" be done when an academic milestone is completed, Mr Keegan asserted.