Participating in an online learning & development program? You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to both your ride (the learning experience) and the destination (your learning outcomes).
When we go to an in person workshop, the location, venue, room layout and even what’s on the table in front of you is all designed to optimise your experience and outcomes.
When you learn online, creating a conducive learning environment is up to you. You also need to think about how you show up online (can others see you clearly? are your head, shoulders and hands visible? are you looking at the camera?), contribute to the conversation and knowledge sharing (are you sitting back and waiting for others or adding your voice to the discussion?), and forge connections with other learners (how will you get to know and work with the other people in your program?).
Here’s the thing. It can be incredibly tempting to check messages or emails, make a sneaky phone call, or just finish that urgent report… because you are likely sitting in the space where you would normally do those things, with those tools right beside you.
The question is, how valuable is the time to invest in yourself? What do you want to get out of the experience? And what are you prepared to give?
It’s worth taking just a few moments to set yourself up for your learning success. These e-Learning Essentials tips for online workshops will help.