I am THE worst driver in the world. I ended up busting my tire the other day and needed to change it all by myself. First world problem right?
I had no one to help me so quickly searched on YouTube “how to change a tire” and within 30 mins I had successfully changed my tire and I was a happier man! #winning!
Here’s the link incase you busted your car reading this:
What a world we now live in. This got me thinking, how many times have I searched the internet on how to do something? Too many times!
Every day I find myself using the internet to learn new things. I’ve used the internet to study higher levels of education, to help me navigate, cook recipes and to just learn random things. That last point could also be called procrastination.
Did you know that missing a night of sleep can burn an additional 161 calories ? Maybe if I didn’t spend four hours Googling that I would have actually had the time to sleep.
There is so much stuff in the world to learn. Now more than ever we have we have limitless opportunities to learn with the help of modern technology and the internet. Well, there would be a limit but with so much of it out there I double dare you to try and not learn it all but read it. #impossible Every second there are over 7,800 tweets shared
My next question: With so much information available on the internet and the growing trend for eLearning is there a need for traditional learning anymore ? Is it still necessary to learn something from traditional settings like schools when you can just Google it?
Well let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of learning online. Good news or bad news first?
Cons of learning online:
- Learners with low motivation or unhealthy study habits could fall behind
- While not the routine structures of a conventional category, students could wander off or get confused regarding course activities and deadlines
- Little to no face to face interaction
- Students could feel isolated from the trainer and classmates
- Slow web connections or older technology can create difficulties accessing materials
- Networking is more complicated
- Forgetting the charger
Pros of learning online:
- Cost effective and can be cheaper for students
- Quick and effective communication
- Increased security and privacy
- Increased flexibility and accessibility for more people both for time and location
- You won’t have to remember to bring a pen to class
- Opportunities for additional communication and interaction among students and instructors compared to large lecture halls
- More variety
- Fewer penalties from non-compliance
- Encourages students to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning
- No more cramping from handwriting
And more importantly for me, Lefty’s can feel more empowered!
Unfortunately for me though, I find I have to write everything down for it to sink into my head. I feel like I am hopeless with learning any other way. If I type something I can never remember it. I need to use different colour pens, put it to paper and I find it helps me to remember things just a little better. I need to learn by doing not reading or watching something online.
Maybe I’m just not use to it yet,or still living in the stone age but I find learning solely online and in a digital space a bit of a challenge. Having said that, it’s nothing I can’t handle. I just end up handwriting everything out again and put-up with the smudges. With this thought, I wondered how do other people learn? Will online learning help some but disadvantage others?
I discovered that there are six main styles of learning for most people. Some people even use multiple styles.
- Visual or spatial learners prefer to use pictures, images and spatial understanding to learn.
- Aural or auditory-musical learners prefer using sound and music to learn.
- Verbal or linguistic learners prefer using words, both in speech and writing to learn.
- Physical or kinaesthetic learners prefer using their body, hands and sense of touch to learn.
- Logical or mathematical learners prefer using logic, reasoning and systems to learn.
- Social or interpersonal learners prefer learning in groups and with other people.
- Solitary or intrapersonal learners prefer to work along and use self study to learn.
Social learners and physical learners would find learning online most challenging. While solitary and visual learners would benefit the most. There are plenty of pros and cons for both online and traditional learning. I guess you just need to decide what works for you and run with it while we still have a choice. By the looks of it, we’re moving to a complete online learning world. Better get with it if you’re not ready yet.
Good luck – Brendan