Online learning is an increasingly popular option among Canadian college students. According to the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association, in September 2019, only 11 per cent of college enrolments were entirely online. By January 2021, when the pandemic was in full swing, that figure had jumped to 74 per cent.
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Online learning has some serious advantages. You’re not limited to programs in your local area, you can study wherever it suits you, and you can prepare for a new career even while juggling a job and other commitments.
But virtual learning has its own set of challenges. The convenience and flexibility are great, but it’s not the same as going to a physical classroom each day.
Many students find it tough to stay focused and motivated when there’s no one telling them where and when to study.
So how can you take control of your studies and get the most out of your online learning experience?
Here are a few tips to help you stay on track.
The COVID-19 health crisis has forced all of us to adapt to some major life changes. Many people have lost their jobs. Others have found themselves in front-line essential service roles, risking their lives to help their community.
Meanwhile, schools and colleges across Canada have closed, turning many children and adults into online students. Not everyone prefers studying online. Many people truly enjoy coming to campus, hanging out with classmates, and interacting with instructors face-to-face.
At Herzing, we’ve worked hard to make the transition as painless as possible for our students—but we know some of you are struggling to adapt.