Staying Inside, Learning Online

Published by Ismini Georgiadi on

In these unusual circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all spending more time on our digital devices. Online courses have also seen an increase in traffic as a result. If you have recently started such a course, you must have noticed online learning requires a very different approach from what you’re used to! Here are five strategies to help you navigate these foreign waters.

Strategy 1: Reflect on how you learn best

One of the key characteristics of online learning, especially MOOCs, is that how you learn is largely up to you. What kind of environment helps you to concentrate on learning? Which tools do you prefer to use? Do you learn better by interacting with peers, or by reading quietly by yourself? Give these questions some thought and adjust your learning accordingly!

Strategy 2: Plan your learning

Self-regulated learning offers you a lot of flexibility, but that can be a mixed blessing – if you don’t manage your time properly, you might fall behind. It’s a good idea to mark times when you’ll be working on the course on your calendar, even if it’s just 20 minutes every day. Also, keep an eye on the course timeline – that way, you won’t miss any important deadlines.

Strategy 3: Use a learning diary

The amount of information on an online course can be overwhelming, so it’s very important to zero in on what’s relevant for you – your work, your life, your personal circumstances. You can use Web 2.0 tools like Sutori, Adobe Spark or Sway to create a learning diary, where you jot down any useful ideas or resources you glean from the course.

Strategy 4: Use a personal learning network

Research shows that successful teacher professional development involves teachers exchanging and sharing their expertise with each other. Learning online offers you a great opportunity for such interaction with colleagues from around the world. So make sure to take this opportunity and connect with peers to discuss and share the daily challenges you face in the classroom.

Strategy 5: Find support when you need it

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Knowing when and where to ask for support is a key characteristic of a successful online learner. However, support in online learning environments can be found in many places – and not just with your instructor. You are much more likely to find a quick answer to your question or concern by checking the available support resources, such as the FAQ, or by raising it with your peers on the course.  Using this approach, you’ll be acquainted with online learning in no time!

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Ismini Georgiadi

Ismini works in Brussels as an Editorial Officer for European Schoolnet. She manages the day-to-day work on the School Education Gateway's Teacher Academy, and she assists with the web editing on European Schoolnet Academy. She is an experienced writer and editor – roles she also practises in her leisure time.



ΑΙΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΗ ΒΕΛΕΣΙΩΤΟΥ · April 3, 2020 at 15:18

Helpful steps.Thank you Ismini!


ibrahim · April 7, 2020 at 16:58

Thank u


Thank you!! · April 7, 2020 at 17:18

Thank you!!


José María Díaz Fuentes · April 7, 2020 at 19:32

Thanks for the initiative, the truth is that we all need it. Big hug dear TEAM!


Ahmet Özbaş · April 7, 2020 at 22:06

Thank you.


Evangelia Karagiannidou · April 7, 2020 at 22:34

Learner friendly! Hands on advice! Thank you, so much! Always enjoy European Schoolnet Academy MOOCs!


EVREN UYGUN · April 7, 2020 at 22:39

thanks for everything


Donatella Cortese · April 8, 2020 at 19:51

I think that it is tough to manage all the opportunities you are solicited to take in both for content or for learning tools. Thank you for giving us some little rules to follow!


Maria Giuseppina Giammetti · April 9, 2020 at 01:32

Sto allestendo un mio sito dove raccogliere le mie buone pratiche educative e didattiche, grazie di questo


Fatma KOÇDEMİR · April 12, 2020 at 15:08

Thank you so much!


Stephanie Maggi-Pulis · April 17, 2020 at 11:43

Thanks for the inspiring video on MOOCs.


silvia · April 26, 2020 at 14:37

I really appreciated your tips. Thank you

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