With the rapid evolution of technology and electronics, we are spending more time than ever before online. This shift in lifestyle has not only impacted the way we complete day to day tasks but has filtered through to every level of business, from small business to corporate. This change has had a large effect on the way training is being taken by most professionals, and has raised the question ‘How do I get the most out of online learning?’
This CPD article aims to offer practical advice on how to get the most out of your online learning experience, some of our top tips for online learning as well as how to retain that information and make the most of whatever course you choose to undertake.
Why is online learning increasingly important?
As technology advances and user experience improves, so does the popularity and frequency of use of online learning. It’s been proven to be a successful method of learning and offers a number of different benefits alongside traditional in person forms of education.
Connects professionals from all over the world
One of the main advantages of online learning is it can connect professionals from all around the world and enables them to share their knowledge without having to meet in person. Traditional education is hindered as location dictates which classes you can take part in. Online learning enables you to sign up for classes all over the world, which can provide a more in-depth understanding of the global industry and help you to build your network whilst developing an international mind-set.
You can take control of your learning hours
Flexible learning hours are, in our opinion one of the main benefits of online learning. Varying circumstances can mean you can’t always attend the most suitable training course/event for your requirements. Online learning offers most professionals the opportunity to learn whenever best suits them, and having the ability to learn with more flexible hours gives you a lot more control over how you complete your professional development for the year. Giving professionals the flexibility to learn when you feel motivated should help increase your ability to retain information and therefore enable you to get the most out of online learning.
Considers individual learning patterns
Every individual learns differently and when you are taking an in person course, you must adapt to the pace of the class or be left behind. One major advantage of online learning is that it allows you more freedom to work at your own pace which should inevitably improve your learning experience. Learning at your own pace should improve your grades and provide a more enjoyable overall learning experience.
Some research shows that on average, individuals retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a classroom environment. This is mostly due to professionals being able to learn at their own pace and having less distractions than a traditional in person learning environment.