Group director at Linx International Group
Working from home has become increasingly popular in recent years. If you don’t need to be onsite or want to avoid the commute and distractions of the office, it can be a very productive way of working.
The ability to work from home also became a necessity for many due to the Coronavirus situation.
For many, online learning remains unchartered water. So here are some answers to frequently asked questions around the topic of online learning.
What are the advantages of learning online?
Online courses make training accessible to more people. They offer the flexibility to study when and where the learner chooses.
It creates a level playing field for people working long shifts and irregular patterns; those with childcare or caring commitments, and people living in more remote areas.
The cost is also a key consideration: online learning represents good value for money.
How does the online experience differ from the classroom?
Online and classroom courses are certainly different, but it is not a case of one being better than the other; both have their pros and cons.
Unlike classroom-based courses, distance learning allows you to study online at any time you wish.
It means that you don’t miss those urgent calls, meetings and site visits that inevitably arise the moment you want to be incommunicado – simply pick up where you left off safe in the knowledge that you haven’t missed a thing — everything works around your schedule.
Do qualifications from online courses have the same kudos as their classroom counterparts?
An accredited qualification has the same value whether obtained in classroom or online – the learner will have had to meet the various learning objectives and assessment criteria in order to achieve the qualification.
How do I get the most out of an online course?
Maintaining motivation is key. Depending on the length of the course, it’s advisable to map out a realistic study plan before you start.
Work out deadlines and submission dates and then plan into your week study periods that fit with work and home life.
There can be a temptation with shorter online programmes to rush through and get it completed quickly, rather than extending your reading to sources outside of the course material. With any course you get out what you put in.
Training is important and it is a commitment, so stick to your plan.
Online training can be like reading a good book – once you get hooked you won’t want to stop.