Monday, January 15, 2007
R1 - Reflective Remarks on being a Distance Learner
I have taken at least 10 distance/online courses over the past 4 years. I find that every class I have taken to be different in so many ways. They all have posed some problems and all have had positive aspects as well. I appreciate the fact that I am not held to a strict classroom schedule and can login when I am ready. I also appreciate being able to spend as much time as I wish working in the class. This is luxury not afforded in traditional classrooms. I believe I am an auditory learner which online learning poses challenges. However, I believe it the convenience of online classes far outweighs any negative aspects that I have encountered. The thing I learned mostly about online courses is that communication in group work can be difficult and a method of periodic check ins should be established early. This helps prevent ‘disappearance’ of classmates for long periods of time. Finally, I learned to avoid procrastination when possible. Though online learning allows for flexibility, it is easy to get behind.