By Breanne Cooley on Jul 03, 2015
Written by Ekta Siva
We all live in a fast paced world where business and life happens at a record pace.
Balancing work, family and having a social life all fight for our time and energy, leaving even less time for upgrading our professional skill set.
Logically, this would mean online learning makes the most sense, as it can be experienced from the comfort of your home and/or office.
Online learning gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace.
Educational institutions and training organizations have all identified this need for flexible learning in our modern, fast-paced and digitally connected world. There are various ways to take training courses online to meet this need, but many still hesitate to learn this way.
Why is this?
Let's take a look at the top 5 reasons people avoid digital learning.
1. Online learning makes me feel disconnected.
Many feel that learning from your home or office can make you feel isolated or disconnected in an online course. The view is that the comfort of a classroom environment is missing. In reality, this isn't the case, as learning platforms used today can be highly interactive. You can easily connect with other students, faculty and other support resources. As long as you're committed to attending online sessions and participating in the discussions, you can have a very connected learning experience, from the comfort of anywhere with an internet connection.
2. It doesn't fit my learning style.
This mindset is common, as people expect the learning environment to feel a certain way and conform to a set of rules. Many online training courses are not static; they are fluid and combine many different opportunities to learn. Interactive lectures, case studies and hands-on demonstrations are incorporated into many online courses to work with various learning styles.
3. Instructors are not available for help.
This can apply during a class if you don't feel confident to "raise your hand" or engage in hands-on practice labs. It's important to remember that online courses tend to be smaller than the average university lecture hall, inviting more interactivity. Interactive online tools give you access to student support groups, experts and information; in reality, you have tons of expert support that's available whenever you need it!
4. It's difficult to stay motivated.
How do you stay motivated to keep learning? The key is picking the right course and the right learning platform. Pick a relevant course which teaches you the skills you're looking to develop and can immediately utilize in your daily job. Being able to see the real-world applications right away will keep you motivated.
5. I don't have the right technology and connections to learn online.
There are system and bandwidth requirements that will help you get the most out of an online course. The best way to tackle this is working with your chosen learning provider before beginning the course. Getting the right infrastructure will help you get the most out of your courses.
Now that we've identified some of the common reasons people avoid digital learning to grow their skill set, let's take a look at some of the key benefits you can experience by learning online.
- Easy access from your home or office
- No geographic restrictions
- 24/7 access to technology experts
- Learn on your own time, at your own pace
- Eliminate costly and time-consuming travel to learning centers
Those in the IT industry know that without constant skills upgrading, the rapid pace of development in the industry will leave them behind.
Give online learning a try - you just may be surprised at the results!
Digital learning from Oracle University provides an excellent venue for continuous online learning - at your own pace!