How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

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How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby antfancier » Sun Feb 28, 16:11 2016

My husband is about six months into a two and a half year online masters program and I've realised that he is a terrible student. Part of it is just general organization skills (for example, not writing down references as he quotes them but instead waiting until he's finished the paper to start compiling a bibliography :kill: ), but the main problem is that he isn't suited to online learning. He's a smart guy, but gets flustered using the online learning systems. For some reason he doesn't want to email questions or interact much on the forums, even though I know he would be constantly speaking to tutors if he were meeting them face to face. He's already spent hundreds of dollars buying books and printing out papers, just for the one module this semester, even though they provide all the reading materials online.

I've been wary of saying anything to him lest I seem like a crazy emotional pregnant lady, but it's driving me crazy! What's the best way I can support him without seeming like I'm nagging or making him feel inadequate?

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Re: How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby rowan » Sun Feb 28, 20:38 2016

Many of the online learning systems have weird annoying things about them and you just have to kind of poke at them to figure out. Is there something specific he's having trouble with? Or does he just not "like" interacting online? I did much of a masters' degree online, and use online learning systems in the classes I teach, so feel free to hit me up for specifics. I've used D2L, Blackboard, WebCT and a few others. I haven't used Moodle, but I know people who do and could get answers about the tech side of thing.

Participating in the online class stuff was required for my classes. Even if it's not, as a college instructor, I see a strong correlation between participation in class and how well one does. If you don't engage with the material, you won't do well. If you can figure out why he doesn't want to email questions or interact on the forums it will help a lot.

I get wanting to read things on paper; I get the print books myself, just because I find it easier and want them later. Papers I don't; you can highlight in free acrobat now I think and put sticky notes. Writing down references is just a skill you need to work on no matter what format the class is in. You don't have to make a full bibliography but writing down the book and the page # as you go is helpful.

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Re: How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby Nerd1987 » Tue Mar 1, 12:05 2016

What I would do is bring it up at a neutral time (when you both are having a decent day) and be concise and mention that you think he is very capable and could do "even better".

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Postby Ucallthesebagels » Sun Mar 13, 12:40 2016

I sense that the disorganization isn't just something related to online classes - perhaps it's a skill lacking in other areas?

Online learning engagement varies depending on the modules and instructors. Writing papers is never fun but it's part of the learning experience. Perhaps discussing aloud the subjects over coffee or dinner would allow him to process information better and get into gear about finishing the citations etc needed.

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Re: How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby Nachos » Thu Mar 17, 15:55 2016

Online learning is haaaaard for some people. Especially own time management if that's not something you're used to and all. But I'm glad he got the things done :)
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Re: How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby geldofc » Wed Apr 6, 4:44 2016

online learning is hard coz u need to motivate yourself and be your own teacher. probably it's not for everyone and he should do what works for him i.e. go to class irl
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Re: How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby rowan » Wed Apr 6, 9:54 2016

That is not very helpful advice, geldofc. There are many reasons someone would choose online vs. class in a classroom, and it is a valid option for a lot of people.

Many online classes are just as effective as being in the classroom. I know instructors who are not very effective in an "IRL" classroom either. How effective a class does not especially depend on the medium.

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Re: How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby geldofc » Wed Apr 6, 19:13 2016

i've taken online classes too and i wasn't saying they're ineffective. it's just harder to motivate yourself and some things don't work for some people, and trying to make it work is pointless if you have other alternatives that work better for you
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Re: How do you help/encourage someone to study online?

Postby rowan » Wed Apr 6, 19:34 2016

I think you should try to make it work for you, before you just call it pointless, IMO. For any class. Given that this is for an online master's program, it's unlikely he can just take classes in person.


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