Make Online Learning Work For You

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Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais is a Virtual Help Desk Navigator at Campus Manitoba. She contributes to "The Navigator," our monthly blog focused on student life.

A person sits at a computer with a cup of tea and an open textbook.

Doesn’t this set up just look so comfortable?

As more things are available online the ability to do something from the comfort of home appeals to many. Education has not missed this rise in the digital world with many institutions making their programming available online. But that doesn’t mean online learning is for everyone.  Some still prefer to learn in the traditional face-to-face way and  not all programs can be adapted to an online delivery. But if you are looking for something just a little bit more flexible, we can show you how.

Who are the ideal candidates for online learning? Well, anyone, really. Online learning may be for you if you’re:

  • Working full-time or part-time and want to advance your education to reach your goals
  • Currently unemployed and want to upskill to get back into the workforce
  • You’re already in classroom courses and want to add to your transcript or maybe lighten your on-campus load

How it Works

Many of the courses that are available are in an asynchronous format. That is just fancy-talk for “not scheduled in specific time slots”. Having online asynchronous classes is  fantastic because it means if you are up at 3:00am and want to do some coursework, you can. It lets you stay inside when the weather is terrible and saves you from fighting for a parking spot on campus. Perfect for those frigid Manitoba winter days!

By allowing yourself to take courses at the pace you want and at the times that fit your life, you are more likely to enjoy the ability to be a student instead of potentially treating it like a chore.

Yours truly has been taking online courses from a university in Newfoundland for the last two years. Before that, I completed a certificate while on maternity leave and living in Alberta. I’ve been able to work in certain areas because of the schooling I’ve been able to do online.

And for you, dear reader, online learning can help you reach your goals and achieve your ambitions at a pace and in a way that works for you. Using online learning as a tool can help any person enhance their learning experience in a positive way.  Remember, it needs to work for you, not against you.

What Kind of Learner Are You?

a man sits on the side of the road with an open laptop

Online lets you take education anywhere

So how do you get started? The first step is to identify what kind of learner you are. If you are more of a hands-on learner online learning may be challenging for you, but that does not mean it’s impossible. What kind of personality do you have? There are certain traits that people have which makes online learning easier for them. Finally, you need to decide what sort of program you are looking to study. As mentioned before, not all fields transfer to the online world so you’ll need to make sure that they’re compatible.

Here in Manitoba we are lucky to be able to access eCourses Manitoba where the seven major post-secondary institutions in the province have come together to allow easy access to their online education course offerings. They aren’t the only ones getting in on this digital world, either. If you check out the Canadian Virtual University you can see who else across the country is involved with online learning.

Online learning is an exciting option to look into. It’s helped make post-secondary education more accessible and I hope it contributes to your success!

About “The Navigator”

“The Navigator” is a monthly blog about student life by the Campus Manitoba Virtual Help Desk. Check back monthly to find more tidbits of wisdom with “The Navigator”. You’ll be sure to find all kinds of information that will help you be successful in your educational journey. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information!