How to get the Most of Your Self Paced Online Courses

There are a few things all our students, and for that matter all students of self-paced online learning programs, need to keep in mind if they actually want to benefit from, and get the most of their respective courses.

 

1. Self Motivation is a pre-requisite, right till the finish line!

It’s quite apparent that self-motivated individuals make better e-learners. You are on the driver’s seat here, and you go where you steer. Keep yourself motivated, and go through the course in a professional and timely manner.  E-mail reminders or even phone calls from trainers may just go waste if the student burns up all her enthusiasm in the first few hours of learning. And then forgets about the course altogether.

 

Students leaving courses midway on the pretext of professional or personal engagements usually fall short of self drive. Take up some more time after informing your training coordinator, but keep the good work going.

 

2. Don’t shy away from Faculty- Ask lots of questions

Like classroom training, students who ask a lot of questions gain more from online courses too. Stay connected with your faculty through mail or chat, or whatever option available, make a list of all your doubts and do not be hesitant to ask questions.

 

Asking questions will lead you to clearer concepts and more sustained learning.

 

 3. Practice assignments are extremely crucial

Take your practice assignments seriously. Spend more time doing them than going through the theoretical content.

 

Put in your 100% to write out the best advertising strategies, PR campaigns or marketing strategies for your online business management courses. Try to prepare most efficacious GANTT charts if you are pursuing the event management program. And research various contemporary styles when making PowerPoint presentations for your online Interior Design course.

 

4. Google when in doubt, and also when not!

Search examples of the companies, campaigns, strategies or styles that you are reading in your online certificate course. Follow your curiosity to know more. Read more about topics of your interest. This will help you increase your spectrum of subject knowledge.

 

Note: The suggestions have been given keeping in mind the structure and nature of Easygyan.com’s short term online courses. 

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Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a model for classifying learning objectives in education. It has been named after Benjamin Bloom, an American educational psychologist, who was instrumental in creating the model. Bloom’s taxonomy divides the objectives set for learners into three ‘domains’, namely cognitive, affective and psycho-motor. Higher level knowledge is dependent on learners having gained pre-requisite knowledge within these domains. This model’s goal is to focus on all three domains to make the learning holistic in nature.

  • Cognitive
  • Affective
  • Behavioral

1. COGNITIVE This domain consists of skills revolving around knowledge and comprehension, and logical thinking. These skills are stressed upon specifically in traditional education. There are six levels in this taxonomy, listed from lowest order to highest below- bloom's taxonomy   Following are the meanings and practical implications of these terms- bloom's taxonomy_cognitive     2. AFFECTIVE Skills in this domain are about how people react emotionally and empathize with others’ joys and sorrows. The domain consists of 5 levels, starting lowest order to highest- bloom's taxonomy_affective   3. PSYCHO-MOTOR: The skills of this domain are about one’s physical ability to manipulate tools and instruments. Psycho-motor objectives mostly focus on change of behavior or skills.   Note: For more information on Training & HR concepts and models, log in to a suitable course at http://www.easygyan.com/courses.html

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February 25, 2014 · 3:57 am

The ADDIE model of Instructional Design

The ADDIE model of Instructional Design.

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The ADDIE model of Instructional Design

ADDIE

The much talked of ADDIE model forms the basis for development of training material by instructional designers and trainers.

It is an acronym that stands for the following terms:

  1. Analysis
  2. Design
  3. Development
  4. Implementation
  5. Evaluation

The model was originally developed by Florida State University for preparing military training material. The detailed steps have been modified and have evolved since then.

Phase 1: ANALYSIS

Before developing instructional material on a particular topic, the developer should analyze the exact learning need or problem that needs to be addressed. The stage seeks answers to all the whats, whos and hows of the training, and finds out-

The profile of the trainees

The learning need gap in terms of knowledge, soft skills, attitude change or any other teaching to take place.

The mode of delivery of the training

The learning theories to follow when developing the course

The major constraints and challenges

Phase 2: DESIGN

This phase is all about building the skeletal structure for the training material to stand on. It includes planning the design strategy, content and graphic design themes, instructional strategy and designing the user interface. Care must be taken to specify each and every instructional design element so as to avoid errors later.

Phase 3: DEVELOPMENT

This is about actually developing the content and graphics based on the blueprint created in the design phase. Programmers develop, integrate and test e-learning technologies in case it’s an e-learning program.

Phase 4: IMPLEMENTATION

This involves actually putting the training into action. Teacher and learner guidelines are specified to both groups. Student registration, distribution of training material to student group and ensuring smooth delivery are part of this stage.

Phase 5: EVALUATION

This stage consists of formative and summative evaluation. Formative evaluation is a part of all the above stages as well, and summative evaluation consists of tests for finding out how well the training objectives have been met, and options for collecting feedback from learners which can then be incorporated into the learning program.

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Top 2: Online Event Management and Online Interior Design Courses

Happy to have online event management course and interior design course topping the popularity charts this season. Both the courses have been a hit with e-learners since quite some time, but they’ve done still better this time around. Here I am providing information on the two courses and answering some basic questions frequenting the minds of most e-learners at pre-enrolment stage.

The course for event management commences with answering some basic questions-

What is event management ?,

What is the aptitude and skill set required to make a career in event management?

Examples of store launches, mall events, corporate events (fashion shows, talent hunts, etc.) are explained. The reader is taken through the various stages of event management, right from strategizing, event conceptualization, event planning and budgeting, event marketing and event execution. Technicalities of each step are explained and some project management techniques like GANTT charts are taught. Hands on industry specific tips, stress on practice assignments at the end of each session and ease of learning help Easygyan differentiate itself from other event management institutes in India.

The online interior design course aims at taking a student right from square one (where she is completely new to the subject) to a level wherein she/ he can start with taking up the subject professionally as a job/ business. It consists of an introductory module and four other modules. The introductory module aims at igniting inquisitiveness for design and building upon one’s innate design sense. It questions the reader about interior design ideas for one’s own home or commercial properties. The course then moves on to technical aspects such as how to take a project brief and post brief actionables. Basic interior styles prevalent across the globe, and color concepts are taught. Throughout the course, focus is on equipping the learner with professional know-how but encouraging her/ him to think/ create/ brainstorm.

Making basic interior drawings, site measurements, fabrics for interiors and choice of fittings and fixtures are the main theme for Module II. The learner is made to practice interior design ideas at each step.

In Module III, iInterior drawings and technical know-how about ceilings, floorings, RCP, and electrical fittings are explained. Tips for best results and commonly made errors are discussed. As assignments the learner is made to practice making drawings (with supporting photographs), and provide solutions to issues involving change of interiors.

The IVth and last module of the online design course takes up the subject of planning to set up one’s own interior design business. The learner is taught practical aspects like how to make a project file, how to finalize contractors and then getting started with the business along with its marketing and financial management. This is followed by basic material knowledge including plywood, wood, lamination, MDF, paints for interiors and exteriors, and transparent finishes. The student is then made to practice by making her own interior designing business plan (in PowerPoint) and research information about various brands of materials and fittings.

For further queries please mail me at shruti@easygyan.com

For enrolment to diploma in event management/ diploma in interior design, please visit the link www.easygyan.com/courses.htm

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How We Started

An entrepreneurial fervor and wish to be my own boss, coupled with a deep interest in HR and a master’s degree in human resource management supplied me with the right kind of motivation to go ahead and start my own recruitment agency in Delhi. Thus Lakshya Consulting was born in 2002, and we were soon doing pan-India recruitments for some of the most reputed Indian and well as multinational companies in sectors such as Advertising, PR, Banking, Consumer Durables, FMCG and Publishing.

Within a year we forayed into online education sector, in association with some great minds from the industry, with a range of one-of-its kind online short term training programs to serve the burgeoning needs of skill enhancement for private sector in India. The complete list of online certificate courses and diploma courses, run by our training division Easygyan.com,  is available at www.easygyan.com/courses.htm . By God’s grace the education portal has found great acceptance in India as well as overseas, and many students, working professionals and homemakers are utilizing the knowledge to hone their skills without having to invest time and money in regular classroom training programs. 

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