On second thought, don’t stop me.
It bears repeating. And worth hearing over and over and over again, at least until virtual learning is second nature to all of us.
When learning at a distance, whether in a virtual classroom or using eLearning, you need to create your personal learning environment - and it is probably not the same environment in which you work. If you want to learn effectively, you can't be disrupted or distracted by people, work, or to do lists.
Ideally you will want to be in a private room when participating in virtual training. In reality, you may not be able to arrange that. Either way, here are some tips for maximizing your learning environment.
Set Up the Space
- Create an inspirational office/studio to work in. Keep the desk clear of distractions and have a pad ready to take notes.
- If this can be a DIFFERENT space from your workspace, bonus!
- Use a comfortable chair. Really.
- Sit up straight! Posture impacts concentration.
- Use your best computer, mouse, keyboard, headset, etc. Mobile devices might work, but they make learning more difficult (unless the program is designed for BYOD).
For more about setting up a home office for online learning, you can visit http://www.elearners.com/online-education-resources/online-learning/how-to-set-up-a-home-office-for-online-learning/
Prepare To Learn
- Tell co-workers you will be in a class by sending an email and holding space on your shared calendar.
- Post a sign indicating when class is over so they know when you are available.
- Use a headset instead of your computer speakers to minimize disruption of others.
- Ignore people who try to get your attention. (Maybe create a sign that says "Yes, This Means You.")
- Turn off the ringers/alerts on telephone and cell phone.
- Turn off email and IM (instant message) alerts.
- Remove other distractions lying on your desktop.
- Have a glass of water at your desk. A straw works best, so you don't need to move your microphone when you take a sip.
And finally, here are some reminders about using the phone
- Use the mute button.
- Do NOT place calls on hold.
- Raise your virtual hand before asking a question.
- Identify yourself before speaking when not called on.
- Charge the batteries for your handset.
- Use a headset.
- Be cautious when using a cell phone.
Now that you’re ready, it's time to "Learn How to Learn Online!" Join us for our complimentary Learn How to Learn Online (LHTLO) Workshop course by clicking the graphic below.