Guest Column | December 11, 2012

Tip Your Online Learning Curve

Eric Dewberry

By Eric Dewberry

If you’re anything like me, it’s been a while since you attended school. Adult learners are often too busy juggling work, family and play to dedicate the time, attention and effort necessary for successful online learning. Additionally, many struggle to overcome peculiarities of web-based training versus the traditional classroom setting, including the use of technology and reduced social interaction. The RSPA education staff has advice to share with our members to help you overcome some of these challenges…

RSPA’s retail technology professionals must make sure they are comfortable with and possess the technical skills to manage an e-learning environment. Unavailability of required technologies and technophobia are issues that often plague users new to webbased training. To help combat these concerns, make sure that you have the computer skills to install and manage software, plug-ins, or apps that operate popular online platforms. To get the most out of RSPA’s online education, a high-speed internet connection, powerful computer processer, and updated software are all necessary. These tools will make it possible for you to complete courses on our learning management system and use GoToMeeting to partake in webinars and online conferencing with ease. As you use these tools more often, you’ll achieve a comfort level with them that will allow you to navigate potential hang-ups and error messages. These measures, including the ability to type proficiently, will allow you to engage fully in all learning activities, including slide-based lectures, discussions and other critical thinking exercises.

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