No longer is learning limited to set times in specific places, which gives the students no say in the matter. When you sign up for a class given over the Internet, it is easier to make it fit into your schedule and lifestyle, as many offer a choice of days and times to start the course or attend each session. Others provide login credentials, and you are free to start and pause, stop and restart, go back and review, watch or read a segment five times if you want, then finish the learning modules at your pace. Whenever you have the time, energy, and are at your personal best moments to absorb new information are when you can log-in and learn.
Especially after being isolated and socially distanced for so long, it’s completely natural and understandable to have apprehension about being around others again. Whether it comes from more of a health concerns perspective, or not having to or being able to interact with people and being “out of practice”, the simple fact is that these feelings are quite common. You can continue to develop important career and work-related skills, and knowledge, without the added worry of these social situations. In addition, some classes may even offer sessions over Zoom where everyone taking the class has the opportunity to turn on their cameras if they want, and that might be a good exercise and small step toward less of those anxious feelings.
Even without the isolating experiences we all had during lockdown, many people are uncomfortable being in a learning environment with others, often worried they might give a wrong answer, ask a question others consider unnecessary or stupid, or have a learning style that works best for them but may not work well in a classroom. On top of this discomfort, group learning is more about making sure the equipment, atmosphere, and setting befits sharing the material, not students absorbing it. When you take advantage of online course opportunities, there is no commute or travel needed to attend, and you control the environment. Who needs the added anxiety of being stuck in traffic that’s not moving or the uncomfortable hard chairs in a too hot or too cold room? Your ability to concentrate, and take in and retain new knowledge, is affected by your state of mind. If you deal with worry and anxious feelings, try a course offered over the Internet and see how you like it.
Online learning offers some side benefits too! It can help sharpen and improve your motivation, discipline, concentration, management of tasks and lists, and help develop more understanding and knowledge of aspects of technology.
We all learn differently, and all of us at People Acuity are so happy that online classes can accommodate that fact. We encourage you to learn more about our catalog of online programs, and register to take one today!