Attending face-to-face training has advantages and disadvantages. However, understanding more about the advantages and disadvantages of online learning, you can get a better idea of whether it may be suitable for you, your education needs and your career goals.
Let's take a look at why online training can be beneficial:
Online courses gives you the opportunity to plan study time around the rest of your day, instead of the other way around. It means you don't have to plan around the location or time limitations of a traditional classroom setting. Online training also means you can study and work at your convenience. Course material is always accessible online, giving you the freedom to work at your own pace. With everything accessible on a computer, everyone can read the texts and watch the videos as many times as they need to understand the topic, while fast learners do not have to wait for the rest of the group to move on.
Since learning can be done online, there is no need for attending classrooms. This allows you to take online courses whilst working, while in-between jobs or whilst taking time to raise a family. Even people living in remote areas, other continents or people who aren't comfortable leaving home due to physical or mental disabilities are able to access high quality educational resources. Online learning also facilitates a non-stop educational process as you can continue studies even during holidays or illness.
Along with significant benefits, there are a few disadvantages of online learning.
Without permanent control and strict deadlines, the flexibility of virtual learning may be difficult for some. If you have a lack of self-discipline, get distracted easily or have weak motivation, you may find it hard to study effectively and make progress.
With online learning, people believe it lacks the same level of engagement as face-to-face conversations. Often, online learning requires a lot of tools to facilitate communication, such as chats, video cameras, microphones and internet access. It is really important that if you are able to participate in online training, you should maintain communication with tutors and assessors using the different tools available, as long as you stay safe online. A few ways to keep in touch online include, telephone and video calls, online chats, Emails and project management apps.
Finally, it is vital that you keep online safety in mind when participating in virtual training. Key tips for staying safe online include:
Use passwords and/or unique ID numbers for each meeting or private chat.
Don’t open unexpected telephone or video conference invitations.
Keep the conferencing software up to date. In most cases, updates will improve the safety and security measures of the software.
Protect your privacy, learn how to mute yourself or turn off your camera if you need to.
- If on a video call, ensure you are in an appropriate setting. Remove any private information in the background of your camera shot that could include photographs, locations, family members identity and even other people talking if they are having a private conversation.
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