Feb 16, 2017

Lovin' Life 16/2/2017: Learning Online



It's ironic that as a person who had to apply herself 200% to get through all my uni and post grad exams, I've actually come to enjoy the continuing education and professional development program that I now participate in each year.  It's just as well I like it because it's compulsory, can be audited and is a condition of ongoing employment and recognition of my specialty.

There are several reasons my attitude to study has changed.  Firstly, the pressure is now off with regards to exams and 'getting into' things (and staying there).  Secondly, my perspective on what I'm studying has changed because of my practical experience 'on the ground'.  I see the purpose of what I'm learning and I know what I need to learn.  So much of my undergrad time was spent not appreciating the context of things and often memorizing things just for the exam.

The format of continuing education learning is also more appealing to me than the exams and written assessments of my university days.  Who doesn't love flying off to conferences?  In all seriousness, being immersed in your topic of interest for five days with no distractions except some after hours shopping and exploring really is a great way to learn.  I just can't provide you with the paper that supports this fact.

A form of learning that I've started to use properly this year is e-learning.  I've just started a course with my friend this week and I'm enjoying it immensely so far.  The unit runs over 5 weeks and there's tasks, videos and discussions to take part in for each of these weeks.  The time commitment is very doable for me (1-2 hours per week) while the lack of set face to face contact times will allow me to slot time in wherever I can to complete the week's work.

What's most interesting so far has been getting to know my fellow course participants.  We've each posted on the  course's 'getting to know you' thread and shared our professional backgrounds, why we're doing the course and what we hope to achieve from it.  I'm looking forward to learning as much from them as the course facilitators in the coming weeks.

Have you studied anything via an e-course?  What have you liked and / or disliked about your virtual classroom?

26 comments:

  1. I've never done an e-course before but it is something I would be interested in doing and sounds more convenient than attending evening college!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  2. I'm studying Italian at the moment SSG and also did an online degree through Swinburne Uni about 20 years ago. I discovered a website Futurelearn which has free short courses, so I've studied Strategies for Successful Aging, Italian, Nutrition - learning keeps me young. Have a great day! Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

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    1. Thanks for this tip!
      Linda C.

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    2. They sound like amazing courses, Sue!

      SSG xxx

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  3. I did a Diploma in Professional Photography on-line - graduating in October 2014. I loved it! I met people from all over the world who I am still friends with today. Some of us have our own FB group where we keep in touch and share knowledge and ideas. I loved online learning for the convenience and flexibility with timeframes. I also LOVED learning and would like to do more courses! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I love how your course led onto ongoing support by your fellow students with your own FB group, Min! That's the way adult education should be - supportive, social and engaging.

      SSG xxx

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  4. I keep meaning to look up some courses that I can do online. And of course it slips off the "To Do" list. Mostly because my last semester of university wasn't very enjoyable and it's kind of tainted education for me. #teamlovinlife

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    1. Just give it time with regards to the tainting. You'll find what you want to learn when the time is right for you.

      SSG xxx

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  5. No I've never done an e-course but it does interest me! Flying off to conferences would be rather exciting!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. Been lucky to have had the opportunity to fly to lots of interesting places with my conferences. Tiring but fun and keeps me motivated.

      SSG xxx

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  6. Yes I've completed several e-courses and have enjoyed them immensely. The flexibility of completing the courses within your own time frame was the biggest drawcard for me. I also like the idea of doing a course in the comfort of your own home. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Kathy, it's the time flexibility for me as well.

      SSG xxx

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  7. I did a great e-course called Mindfulness with 2 educators from Australia's Monash Uni who are at the top of the field. I did it with Future learning ...worldwide education ..and I ate it up! It was the right course at the right time. I enrolled in another one on genealogy but couldnt get into it because my interest and motivation waned. As another life-long learner I enjoy learning with meaning for what I am doing. No longer career-bound, I can choose. However, career-ones also had to hold my attention..or boring. I had to teach at Uni using powerpoint but I also tried as best as I could not to 'kill the students' with the over-use. I told lots of stories relating to the realities of being a teacher to keep them on track!

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    1. I love that, Denyse. About how being no longer career-bound has freed you to learn about things at your choosing.

      SSG xxx

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  8. I did a writing e-course and I'm doing an affiliate e-course right now ... I love the fact that there are no exams and it's material that I really really want to know which makes things much easier. Go you! #teamlovinlife

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    1. Jo, agree that wanting to learn about something is the best motivator to stick a course out. I'd love to do a writing course one day too.

      SSG xxx

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  9. I've completed a number of eCourses. I also completed my postgrad business degree via correspondence - they used to send the work out to you and you had the occasional phone conference. eLearning is SO much easier now! :) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. There will be some phone conferencing or FaceTime in my course. Looking forward to it.

      SSG xxx

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  10. I've done a few online courses, mainly for my own benefit. All pre-kids though. There's a ton I'd like to get back into when I'm back at work, as my workplace provides a platform and dedicated development hours we can use to help us learn more work-related skills so I'll get back into it soon. Right now the baby days are making my attention span too short to get any value from a course, haha!

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    1. That's great that your workplace has systems in place to facilitate continuous professional development, Mica. It will be easier out of the baby fog, I agree!

      SSG xxx

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  11. I hate doing any formal training and courses now and haven't done any work ones for a decade or more. But I hated study as well and it wasn't until I was doing my MBA I finally realised that I didn't HAVE to try to memorise stuff, just understand it. No wonder I struggled so much with study before that.

    Having said all that re courses 'now', I don't mind conferences re stuff of interest - like blogging or writing etc... :-)

    #teamlovinlife

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    1. Understanding not memorizing, seems so obvious after you make the connection.

      SSG xxx

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  12. I haven't done a formal eCourse but I have done a lot of self study. I like the idea of reading and writing about what I've learned without the pressures of having to pass anything. Just doing it because I'm keenly interested in knowing more.
    #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I'm always amazed by how much I learn about so many different subjects through your blog posts, Leanne.

      Thank you!

      SSG xxx

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  13. I did my Diploma of Digital Marketing online, it was fabulous being able to fit it in to my schedule and without having to leave home!

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