ONLINE COURSES: Worth it or bleh?
I’d want to discuss something that isn’t related to my area of expertise: Courses available via the internet
Going to school and learning was the ideal thing to do when I was a kid, y’know sit in class all day listening to your teacher. However, digitalisation appears to be slowly removing this.
Here, online courses do not refer to digitalization of traditional classes, but rather information compiled by purported experts in a certain specialty to solve a problem.
There is a wealth of information available on the Internet. People scan through their smartphones on a daily basis looking for new ideas. We now learn more about life online than we do in school.
On the other hand, isolation and narcissism appear to be on the rise, as everyone appears to have or desire their own kingdom.
This raises the question of whether online courses are worthwhile. Are there any urban legends about them?
Yes and yes again. Personally, as someone who has taken a number of online courses, I believe they are well worth your time. They’ve taught me a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t have learned in school otherwise. On the other hand, there are certain misconceptions about online courses. That’s why I’m here: to disprove them.
A common misunderstanding about taking a course is that online courses take less time. In actuality, this could not be further from the truth.
Since you and the instructor are both on a screen, it takes longer to grasp concepts of what is being taught, especially if it is technical.
Worse, unlike in a typical school, you can’t actually ask the instructor one on one for every small thing you don’t understand.
Although communities, not specifically created by that educator, but a pool of like-minded people in your niche, compensate for this void.
The second misconception is that online courses are less difficult than traditional ones. This is, once again, a far cry from reality.
Because courses in this area can take longer to learn based on individual intellect, they are undoubtedly more difficult.
Why? If each course’s content vary, each one necessitates a high level of concentration and attention to grasp. There are a lot of distractions when you’re receiving information online.
The third misunderstanding is that online courses are inferior to traditional ones.
Sure, there are a plethora of chappy courses available, but the same can be said for traditional learning.
It may be more difficult for a user to focus on a course when there is no face-to-face interaction, but this in no way diminishes the course’s worth.
For example, if a person enrolls in a video editing course, he or she can become fairly educated in that field in just two months. The course has completed its task at that point.
Now that I’ve dispelled some of these fallacies, let’s look at why online courses are so beneficial.
One feature that distinguishes online learning from traditional learning (attending school) is its flexibility. You have complete autonomy.
You have the option of learning at your own pace. Everything appears to be moving at a quick speed in traditional institutions. Some people drop out due to the stress and frustration, while others stick it through.
Curated: We live in a digital age when a plethora of information is disseminated on a regular basis, including a variety of ideas and concepts. Which one, though, do you believe?
This is where an online course can help. This type of course is prepared in a precise manner, separating the wheat from the chaff. They are often designed with a single goal in mind: to get the user from point A to point B.
As a result, a lot of time is saved inadvertently because the course’s instructor has already done the bulk of research and net surfing.
Cost-cutting: Let’s be honest. Many courses are reasonably priced for the amount of value they provide (possibly to reach a wider audience).
For example, if you spend $25 on a writing and marketing course and practice every day, you will gain more understanding about writing and selling than if you pursue a writing or marketing degree, which will cost more in the long run.
Discipline: You must be disciplined in order to succeed in life. Online classes can benefit from the same concept.
You must have the discipline to begin, finish, and most importantly, practice what you have learned.
Another issue about this is that, because you got it with your money, there’s a sense of urgency to finish the course, lest your investment be for naught.
Taking an online course is not easy, but a good course that is assimilated successfully is a significant asset. That being said, we’ve reached the end of this article. I hope you found it useful…
If you know someone who is caught in the old way of learning, be a sweetheart and forward this article to them.
Also, drop comments on how online courses have helped you.
I appreciate you taking the time to read. Until next time. Ciao!