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How You Can Overcome These 5 Online Learning Challenges

If someone tells you that online courses are crazy easy and involve next to no work, they’re lying! On the other hand, ELearning can be flexible and convenient, and allow you to learn what you need to advance your career or enter a new one. Go into your online program with your eyes wide open and you’ll get more out of it and be more likely to find success. Here are the top 5 online learning challenges and how you can overcome them.

Technology: Let’s face it. If you’re just not comfortable with computers, an ELearning format may sound intimidating. But today’s online courses can be super user-friendly. There are online portals and discussion boards that make it easy to participate and upload assignments. You can communicate directly with your instructors and even your course mates. And there’s lots of technical support to assist you if you get stuck.

Motivation: Why do you want to take an online program? When you have a really good reason to do something, you’re more likely to do it well. Whether it’s because you want to build a new career, do a better job of supporting your family, or just make yourself proud, motivation matters. Put pictures of your end goal up wherever you work and remember what you’re working toward.

Communication: All of your assignments are handed in online which means you will need to communicate effectively through the written word.  If you sometimes struggle with your writing skills, you’ll want to give yourself extra time to check your work for grammar and spelling errors. Read everything you’re going to submit out loud to make sure it makes sense and to catch typos. And don’t hit send until you’re sure it’s good to go.

Time management: One of the biggest challenges of ELearning is often the very thing that makes it most appealing. You get to attend class and do work when it fits into your schedule. But that easy answer to a hectic life can be a problem if you don’t have the self-discipline to avoid distractions and get your work done in a timely manner. Create an online learning space in your home that’s conducive to learning and set a realistic schedule you can stick to. And don’t forget why you’re working so hard in the first place –you’re after a goal that’s worth it!

Learning community: Sure, an online portal is different from a traditional classroom, but you probably already spend time communicating with friends and family through text and email. To get the most out of your online course, make sure to post regularly and interact with your instructor and classmates. Consider getting together with other students in virtual study sessions, or even just a conversation or two. The more you feel a part of the online experience, the better you’ll do.

More than 5 million people take online courses every year!1 Are you ready to join them? Charter College offers a wide variety of online programs that could help you train for a new career or advance the skills you have for your current one. Contact us today to find out if we have what you need.


1 http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/online-report-card-tracking-online-education-united-states-2015/