Students all over the world are adapting to a new way of learning. Many schools have new online class models, with students adapting to learning at home and using new technologies and ways to retain information.
Like most students today, Griffin Poutre of Newmarket, New Hampshire, is completing college coursework virtually due to COVID-19 and has had to endure many adjustments. Still, the flexibility of institutions to embrace digital transformation and deliver education in an alternative fashion is impressive.
What are the Pros/Cons of Online Classes?
Online classes are not new — especially at the university and vocational level. What is unique about today is that online classes are the predominant form of education in first world countries in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The downsides are fairly obvious — little or no in-person contact, technical difficulties, etc. But the silver lining in virtual school is that more students are gleaning the kind of technical skills that have permeated the professional sector for decades.
Online classes are also more efficient and more affordable, says Griffin Poutre. As educators adjust to the virtual training environment, they will only refine their digital strategies for improved training.
Griffin Poutre’s 5 Tips to Thrive with Online Classes
Set Aside a Dedicated Workspace
Learn to feel at home in your study space and make sure that it is quiet and relatively free of distractions.
Hold Yourself Accountable to Deadlines and Appointments
Online classes have the potential to make you a master time manager. There is less oversight, but your feeling of accomplishment for sticking to a schedule will bring you a greater sense of accomplishment.
Practice Logins and Platform Navigation
Even if you’re comfortable with computers and devices, each teacher organizes their digital classroom a bit differently. Before the first day of class, spend some time making sure you know how to log in/out and explore the online classroom (Blackboard, Google Drive, LearnCube, etc.).
Ensure You have a Reliable Internet Connection
Virtual learning depends upon you being able to access the internet 24/7. Talk to your internet provider to make sure that your household is not overloaded on internet use, says Griffin Poutre. If necessary, upgrade to a higher speed.
Invest in Quality Equipment
Just as you need reliable internet, you also need a reliable computer. While there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on the latest Samsung gaming laptop, Google Chromebook and Apple Refurbished stores offer many different affordable options on hardware that will last many years.