Learning online is very different from traditional classroom learning. These are some of the differences.
|Classroom learning||Online learning|
|Student and teacher meet each other real-time.||The teacher often responds to the student later.|
|Fixed hours.||Students can learn any time.|
|Students live close to school.||Students can be anywhere in the world.|
|The teacher is the expert.||The mentor is a guide helping the student to apply knowledge to his life.|
|Only a few students will ask questions.||Many students will ask questions, as they cannot listen in to what others are asking.|
|Feedback on the learning process comes naturally.||Feedback needs more work.|
|You can teach a lot in one sitting.||Content needs to be delivered in smaller pieces (not more than 20 minutes at a time).|
|Students are a captive audience.||Students will quit easily.|
Yet other things remain the same.
- Students need to know what to expect from a course.
- How students engage with the content is more important than the content itself.
- It is more important that the teacher / mentor is motivational than that he knows everything.
- Genuine interest in students will lead to good relationships and great learning.