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HOW TO LEARN WELL ONLINE

No travel to get to a course, no paper handouts and no text books, which means your learning carbon footprint is zero! 

 

Yet there's far more to eco learning than your learning carbon footprint.It's a new way of learning for the 21st century. 

 

Discover how to become a lean green learning machine

Professional development has never been more easy to access and at the same time never been complicated to get right. We have all grown up learning, whether it's been in the four walls of a classroom or in the classroom of life.  Yet over the past 40 years, technology has rapidly altered the way we learn and not just because we have access to so much information. What it means is it is now more important than ever to understand how to learn well online. 

Knowing how to learn on line has become just as important as what you are learning. 

This guide brings together 'insider' secrets to the online learning world and gives you the TOP 5 TIPS  of all you need to know to prepare yourself to learn online and to get the most out of it.  In the process you'll become a lean, green learning machine. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LEAN, MEAN LEARNING MACHINE?

Having worked in education in some capacity either teaching or leading education projects for the past 25 years, I created the concept of being a lean, mean learning machine because I've seen training and education change considerably in terms of how training is delivered, how we have been expected to learn and how we  expect to learn. Online learners now need to take charge of their learning experience and demand better standards from deliverers and providers of online courses. 

The biggest benefit touted of online learning is that you can learn when you want. However the truth is that less than 10% of people who start an online course complete it, which means that just because we can learn anytime we don't necessarily have the time. 

 

So what's the problem? In fact there are two problems: firstly people have not been taught how to learn on line and the second problem is the state of online learning.

 

Let's examine the state of online learning first.

 

A quick 'GOOGLE" search for your chosen online course will throw up hundreds, if not thousands of pages of options. As if this wasn't confusing enough, the quality and substance of these courses will be dramatically different. Why is this?  

Online course developers got really excited when putting a course online first became possible. The creative ideas flowed. Yet the ideas never materialised. Those who were teaching, saw the online environment as being the same as the classroom and many developers ideas were dismissed. The consequence was a face to face lecture was simply videoed and uploaded, or a lesson was typed out and uploaded. Job done. 

A few years later and Instructional Designers won some much needed ground and a range of developer tools created more engaging lessons with learners being able interact with the information with drop and drag and reveal features. Gaming had a bit of a look in with some more adventurous developers, yet learners were still leaving in droves. Enter the 'short and simple' era of online learning. I heard many people during this time shouting that online learning needed be short and simple - so simple in fact that they had determined online learners had the intelligence equivalent to a 12 year old.  Can you imagine that? A university level degree being taught by a highly knowledgable lecturer, reduced to the intelligence level of a 12 year old.  

 

 

This set up  the split personality of online learning that we have today. Some courses are jam packed with information, reams of it, hour long lectures, reams of reading just uploaded online all overwhelming to any learner. The other camp delivers short simplistic information taught as a 'story' working to engage and entertain you, leaving you 'feel' good about what you have learnt. The result.? Well, people are starting courses with high expectations and being left disappointed. There's either too much or not enough information and the critical part that's missing is the teaching, the imparting and acquiring of skills and knowledge that transform, make a difference, change you., grow you.  

 

So what do yo do as a learner after you've been enticed by the headline? How can you learn well online? Simply, you need to become a lean, green learning machine. 

 

 

How to be a Lean Learner

You need to sift thorough the information that is presented and only take on board what is relevant, true, based in fact or practice.There is a lot of information available to us today. some of it good, some of it not so good and some of it even just plain untrue, false and misleading. You need to be discerning about what you take onboard and become lean in what you allow to influence you. Being a learn learner means that you discern what is good, what is true, you ask questions about where did this information come from, where does this person's expertise come from, how are they an authority on this subject. This means that you can build a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise from those who are reputable, but also enables you to consider new people who may be worthwhile listening to and learning from and add them to your trusted network. 

How to Be a Green Learner

Along with the obvious of only printing what you need and taking online courses to reduce travel mileage and your overall carbon footprint,  being a green learner is about grown and developing your skills and knowledge organically.  I'm reminded of a story about a colleague who wanted to teach his students how to sew a sucher or medical stitch, but not just any stitch, one that reduced scarring. . He gathered together a range of experts who created stitches: embroiders, knotters, sewers, tailors, fishermen who mended and made nets,  surgeons and more. He held a workshop and refined his technique, refined his thinking, trialled and tested ideas until he came up with a perfect way to sew up a stitch that would reduce scarring. 

When we go outside of our realm of expertise to consider 'who does it well' we begin to grow in organic ways that build on our expertise. Always consider - who else could I learn from about this problem? e.g. having trouble motivating yourself to finish writing that book - instead of the go to of motivation techniques, consider those who plan well. Could planning offer you a way to overcome your motivation through the approaches and techniques they use to achieve success? 

How to Be a Learning Machine

Being a learning machine, means you are an active learner. You don't just learn when you sit in front of a computer to log into your course. You are constantly learning and you should be developing your networks that can build on your learning. This approach will help you to create a solid foundation to what you know, but also keep you flexible and open to new ideas, new approaches and new people. Become curious about what there is to learn and add to your expertise. Keep improving, keep growing and keep learning. 

Now you know what eco learning is discover my top 5 tips for learning being a learn, mean learning machine. 

Identify Your Preferred Learning Style

There are 5 key learning styles according to KOLB. These are VISUAL, KINESTHETIC, AUDITORY, BLAH and BLAH. His theory states that we have a natural preferred style, but in fact for learning to really be embedded and for us to become competent we need to work our way through these modes.

 

It's something like this: tell me how to do it, show me how to do it, let me practice how to do it, let me fail and learn form my mistakes, let me repeat it and master it. 

Once your understand how you learn best on this learing cycle or journey, you will be able to jump into the right spot and get going fast. 

TAKE NOTES OR DOODLE WHILE YOUR LEARN

Studies have shown that there is a increase in the level of retention and overall learning intake when you take notes. There is something called the hand brain connection that means the act of writing or taking notes while you are learning gives you the edge on learning more, but also n being able to recall and use the information more readily. If you don't like taking notes, don't worry, the simple act of doodling also activates those parts of your brain that aid learning in the same way. So whether you take notes to go over or create a doodle masterpiece, get your pen and notebook at the ready. 

SCHEDULE TIME TO LEARN

If you've taken the step of investing in your  money into learning, you should also take the step of investing your time to learning time. Sure you've chosen to learn online because you can literally learn on the bus, but do you really learn when you're on the bus? 

While learning online gives you more freedom of when and where you can learn, you need to be smart about knowing how you learn best. If you are going to take notes or doodle to get the maximum learning experience, can you do this best on the bus? Now I'm not advocating that you have to sit in front of your computer, but if you decide to learn on the bus or train journey, maximise the actual learning by saying this is the time I am dedicating to learn. Don't just use your learning to fill the time you are sitting on a  bus.  Learning is not just about having a spare 5 minutes here and there. You need to make room in your calendar and not consider it to be an add on to your distractions.  

DISCOVER YOUR LEARNING STYLE TO MAXIMISE YOUR TIME

If you've taken the step of investing in your  money into learning, you should also take the step of investing your time to learning time. Sure you've chosen to learn online because you can literally learn on the bus, but do you really learn when you're on the bus? 

While learning online gives you more freedom of when and where you can learn, you need to be smart about knowing how you learn best. If you are going to take notes or doodle to get the maximum learning experience, can you do this best on the bus? Now I'm not advocating that you have to sit in front of your computer, but if you decide to learn on the bus or train journey, maximise the actual learning by saying this is the time I am dedicating to learn. Don't just use your learning to fill the time you are sitting on a  bus.  Learning is not just about having a spare 5 minutes here and there. You need to make room in your calendar and not consider it to be an add on to your distractions.