eLearning is booming, and it’s easy to see why. Flexibility, the ability to work while you learn, and improvements in online learning platforms make eLearning an increasingly attractive option.
However, this flexibility to work when and how you want can raise issues around the learner staying on track and getting assignments and coursework completed on time.
By adopting some effective eLearning strategies, you can ensure you don’t become disillusioned, fall behind and remain focused and motivated.
Tips To Enhance Motivation In eLearning
Everyone works differently, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but implementing at least some of these eLearning tips, will enable you to stay focused and motivated.
1.Have a Realistic Plan
At the beginning of your course look through all of the materials, the coursework requirements and the assignment schedule and create a realistic plan.
At the start of any course, there is a surge of excitement and optimism that cancause unrealistic expectations. Don’t succumb. Estimate the time you’ll need to complete each module and assignment and then add in some extra time to allow for the unexpected and remove as much stress as possible.
2.Set Small Goals
When you begin any type of eLearning course, whether it is voluntary or a requirement for your career, have goals that give your learning a structure.
Make your goals small and easily achievable, ie take notes on one chapter, watch one course video or complete a section of an assignment.
Ticking off some small, easy goals is far more motivational and triggers a positive response in your brain that will help keep you on track.
3.Reward Your Successes
As you tick off the goals, reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be a weekend for two in Miami, a cup of coffee or time to walk around and stretch are all it takes. Giving yourself something to look forward to will keep you motivated and focused.
4.Preparation and Routine
Studying at the same time each day and in the same place helps studying become a habit. If you study after eating dinner each day, it will, over time, automatically become what you do after dinner without you having to think about it.
Being prepared to study, i.e. knowing what you want to cover in that session, having all the materials and research you need available, lets you focus on the task at hand.
eLearning can be lonely and isolating. Without the interaction you get from a traditional classroom setting with lecturers and other students, it’s easy to procrastinate and let your studies slip.
Get involved with some type of online learning community where you can talk through any frustrations, ask questions and arrange to become accountability buddies with other students.
Following a few effective eLearning strategies will keep you focussed and enjoying your eLearning experience rather than struggling and becoming disillusioned with your studies.