Ace that Test! Successful Tips for Online Learners in Higher Education
By Kyle Albert
For students who are enrolled in an online course, participation in activities and collaboration with peers are vital to gain success from this learning environment. But without the physical presence of classmates and professors, how are we going to accomplish that? In this entry, we will teach you the most effective and tech-savvy methods on how to lucratively immerse yourself in an online classroom experience and gain success out of it.
Virtual laboratories are ideal for those who are taking a science class or specializing in the said subject, as these online hubs provide an easier way of sharing information with other students. Just like a regular after school study session, you get to interact with other students and professors worldwide; and discuss lessons in a lighter way.
Nature.com said that participating in a virtual lab can be as simple as taking a picture of an animal or plant and sharing it on iSpot. You can join by taking photos of your surroundings in HD, which is not difficult anymore because new devices including the iPhone 5S carry powerful cameras. O2’s iPhone 5S page said that it has an 8-megapixel camera with improved aperture of f2.2 and recording capabilities. These tools will be essential when creating a post and sharing your insights with other online students.
If you want to take this experience further, there are other options available for you.
“Students can also explore real data with simulated instruments such as the virtual microscope, with which they look at high-resolution images instead of real specimens,” wrote Mitchell Waldrop, the author of the article. Multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) are also advantageous, where learners test their theoretical knowledge by teaming up with their peers and embarking on experiments inside a virtual world.
Post Ideas on Discussion Boards
Discussion boards work just like your internet forums. It is a free space wherein you can post a statement or question and you get feedback from other users. Rasmussen College advised that we post open-ended questions to promote discussion. “Open-ended questions require the use of critical thinking skills and allow individuals to reflect on their thoughts and feelings about a particular topic,” wrote Melissa Booth, the author.
When it comes to sharing opinions, try to apply the knowledge you have learned in class to a healthy debate or discussion. The author also recommended that you include outside resources to introduce new and relevant ideas to the group.
To Wrap Things Up
This digital method of learning is an effective and cost-efficient way to help improve your skills. But your success in this path heavily depends on your active participation. You have to be open to other people’s ideas as well to survive successful your online education endeavors.
Do you know other tech-savvy ways to engage yourself in online learning? Feel free to post your opinions in the comments section below.
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Kyle Albert, apart from being an Ed tech writer, is currently studying how to become a police officer online. He believes that, apart from physically attending classes, information about the profession coming from others is essential to get your dream job someday. He shares his insights on various forums including O2’s Community page and at Indeed.com. To discover Kyle’s various adventures, feel free to follow him on Twitter.
This post was submitted by Kyle Albert.