Online programmes are fantastic.  Before I started my own business, I had been through some tedious corporate online learning that left me cold. However, there were things I needed to learn and so I decided to give online programmes a go and what a wonderful world I found: full of interesting helpful content and fantastic communities of support and learning. You can study almost anything and everything from business strategy to meditation, and as long as you are prepared to put the work in, they are an excellent resource to help you keep learning, regardless of your lifestyle. If you’ve never signed up for an online programme before and you’re wondering what it’s all about, and whether it’s the type of learning you’re suited to, let me share with you a few of the basics.

What is online learning?

Online learning (or an online study programme) is a way of learning independently which fits around your other commitments.  So even if you work full-time and have other commitments, an online programme allows you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and at a time which suits you best.  If that’s 5-7am every morning or 11-12pm each night, then that’s entirely up to you! You can dive in for 10 minutes and watch a quick video or set aside half a day to complete a whole module, the choice is yours. That’s the beauty of online learning. You’re in charge of your schedule.

How do online programmes work?

Ordinarily, when you sign up for an online programme you will be given log-in details for a website where all of your course content is held.  The course content will usually take a variety of formats; from videos and text-based modules to external sources (further reading links, for example) and private groups where you can mix with and chat to the other people on the programme.

All your personal details (log-in, password and contact) are secure and completely confidential, so there’s no need to worry about anyone else on the course discovering your private information. With the system I use, I am the only person who can see your data and what you have completed.  And if you’re not all that keen on technology, let me assure you that all good quality programmes are designed with the user in mind, and I promise you don’t need a degree in computing to find your way around, otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing it either!

And if you’re not all that keen on technology, let me assure you that all good quality programmes are designed with the user in mind, and I promise you don’t need a degree in computing to find your way around, otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing it either!

If you would like to see how my online programme ‘Power-Up Your Mindset” operates then take a look at this link: Power-Up Your Mindset. This is simplicity itself as it is all hosted using a private Facebook. Later on I talk about why I’ve chosen to do it this way.

Will I have to work completely on my own?

Not necessarily.  Online programmes, as I’ve just mentioned, usually have a private community or forums for other students/people signed up to the online learning programme to communicate. Frequently these are hosted on Facebook as a closed group and this means that your comments are only seen by others going through the programme and not by your friends or family.

You may also have regular Q&A sessions or organised catch-up discussions with the programme leader, and depending on the kind of programme, you may also have email access, scheduled telephone/skype/face-to-face appointments with them, too.

Is online learning easy?

In terms of navigating your way around the programme, working your way through the modules in order and understanding what you need to do from a logistics point of view, yes, online learning programmes are easy. In order to keep things simple, I tend to run everything from a private group in Facebook. The reason I do it this way is because most people are familiar with using Facebook. The additional benefit is that everything happens in once place, the live videos, the workbooks, the discussion all in one place so no worrying about missing out by not being in the right place and it’s there when you’re ready to consume it.

As far as content is concerned, however, how difficult it depends on what you’re studying and what your level of understanding is beforehand. And, of course, how much effort you put into completing the programme.

 

What traits will I need to be a good online learner?

Firstly, you will need to be motivated.  Online learning requires self-discipline, drive, and commitment.  You’ll also need to have good time management skills, a strong desire to complete the course (lots of people like starting something new but don’t actually get round to finishing – if you’re one of those people then online learning may not be a great idea for you) and you’ll need to be organised.

However, on my programmes to help you overcome this, I provide a private Facebook group where the accountability happens.  You make a commitment and I hold you accountable. This makes such big difference to many people.

What are the benefits of online learning programmes?

Online learning has an abundance of benefits.  It’s a flexible way to learn and offers you the chance to study at a time convenient to you. If you’re working, have family responsibilities, and know there’s no way you could enrol on a course at your local college or university, for example, then online learning is a perfect solution.

Studying from the comfort of your own home and having the content available 24/7/365 is another big benefit of online programmes. No 60 minute seminars to get to.  No having to rush away from work. No car parking stress. Think of all that travelling time you can save and spend on extra studying; not to mention sitting in your comfortable, warm room, near an endless supply of coffee, in those cold, winter months!

Are you interested in finding out more about online programme Power-up Your Mindset For Success?

If you’d like to chat more about any of my online programmes, then please get in touch. I’d love to help.

Suzanne