Make web-based learning work for you
What is web-based learning?
Web-based learning, also called e-learning or online learning, uses the internet or internet-based technology to create a learning environment. It often uses multimedia approaches.
Benefits of a web-based learning platform
There are many benefits of learning from a web-based learning platform. As the student user, in an online environment, you have the opportunity to control the pace at which you interact with new material. You can spend more time on concepts that you find more challenging and spend less time with material that you have already studied and only need to review. There is more opportunity for repetition of new material when you are moving through a course at your own pace and that repetition can be tailored to your learning needs.
In a web-based learning situation you can adjust the timing of the course to fit your schedule. Additionally, web-based courses aren’t limited to those who have local physical access to the course location. They can be made available to far more people who potentially would not otherwise have access to the course.
Web-based technologies are varied and include many different types of teaching tools and learning platforms. This means that a wide diversity of approaches can be used to teach course content. Diverse approaches to presenting the material increase the likelihood that more students will understand and retain what they’re learning.
How to adapt your personal learning style to web-based learning
Web-based learning can affect your strategies for studying a new topic or concept. Think about some times when you successfully learned something new. What were your strategies? What worked for you? What struggles did you have? How you successfully translate your learning style to a web-based learning environment depends on your own learning style.
If you are independently motivated then moving at your own pace may work very well for your style of studying new concepts. If you find that you need more external motivation and some accountability, then you may need to take the time to create that for yourself in order to get the most out of an online learning environment. It could be as simple as mapping out on a calendar when you plan to complete each unit of a whole course, or you could set up email reminders to keep yourself on track.
In a web-based learning environment, you have many different options for how you interact with course material. This is another good place to examine what your own learning style is and what works best for you. You can spend more time on the ways that you take in information more easily. Whether you prefer to watch a video, read text, or listen, emphasize what works best for you.
At 3D Muscle Lab we help you learn your muscles in an online learning environment. You can take the course when it’s convenient for you and you can move at your own pace through the material. We offer you a chance to see, hear, and do, as well as read and review. Take a look at our free course unit to see what we offer.
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