In the following paper I will discuss what I have learned during this introductory class to online learning. I will also touch on how I have attempted to overcome my weaknesses with online learning.
The biggest thing I have learned from this class is that I don’t think I would be a great online learner. I am a more one-on-one person who likes to see people and talk with people. I like to see facial expressions from people when talking with them and this proved to be a very difficult course for me. Originally going into this I thought I would love it and this might prove to be a way for me to complete my master’s degree. I took this course for two reasons; one because I was required to by my employer because of our recent agreement with Franklin and two, because I truly wanted to know what online learning is about. I am glad I took the course but I don’t know that I could take another one. It would have to be something I thought about for a long time before making that decision.
Even though I did have a lot of difficulty with this course I did enjoy the chat room. I had never been in one before and it was fun but could be a little frustrating. I was always trying to type quickly to respond to one person and someone would usually get in before me and put a totally different thought up that might make our chat look a little confusing. But I enjoyed it, and I think it is a great asset to online learning. I also think the bulletin board is a good tool to use for an online course. It was nice to post a message and have someone respond.
I think my strength in this course was that I am very comfortable with the computer and had no fears with learning new things. My difficulties were not seeing others and not having that one-on-one contact. Ways I tried to overcome that were emailing others in the class and getting to know them better. I also tried to respond to things on the bulletin board. As far as being a visual or kinesthetic learner I printed all correspondence off of the computer and filed it into certain files. I then would review everything and make notes.
I think this class was for the most part organized. I took a Web-based class at XXXXX my senior year and it was very unorganized. In that class my instructor rarely put things on the bulletin board for us and we rarely had any assignments and I feel it was a waste of my money. However, in this class the assignments were all posted and listed in great detail which I really enjoyed. Plus I think we all used the bulletin board well and that helped me feel like I was not alone in this class. I think Internet learning will become more of the norm as time moves on and possibly I will learn to adapt to it better.