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Online Education and the Challenge of Motivation

Getting an online education is both a very thrilling proposition and a challenging one as well. It is quite exciting to learn through a very new and non-traditional form of education and it offers a set of new challenges that would compel individuals to really immerse themselves in what they are doing.

Unfortunately, even with an educational format as new as online education the same old problems that plague students would usually crop up. The most common difficulty a student encounters is losing the motivation to continue studying. This feeling is further exacerbated by the unique environment that a student must contend with in an online education course. Being alone with no real classmates to act as real-time sounding boards and given the free rein to handle your time it becomes a challenge to really get into the groove of studying. Since online education classes are a new education format, it also does not possess many of the known support systems that we can find inside a traditional school structure. These support systems are what helps keep students motivated. The lack of social interaction can also be a significant contributing factor for online education students easily losing the motivation to study.

Losing motivation is quite difficult because it could become difficult to stay focused on what needs to be done. Losing the impetus to study will make it very difficult to prepare for exams or tests, complete assignments and finish projects. Motivation is what drives a person to study through the boredom, the tedium and the difficulties. Without motivation, the whole purpose of taking online education classes loses meaning. It would be just so easy to quit and stop taking the classes at the risk of losing the tuition paid for the online classes.

For those who may be worried that they may lose their motivation, the good news is that it can be restored or reinforced. Below are some tips given by many education experts as a way of keeping motivated.

* One way to stay motivated is to identify a goal and work towards its attainment. Try to focus on small goals that can be easily fulfilled. You can mark off a calendar with daily and weekly goals that you are required to accomplish. As you fulfill each goal cross it out with a pen. This process helps you build up your pride in your accomplishments.

* Try to talk to other people about what you are learning in your online classes. This process is usually done with your classmates in a traditional school system but because of the nature of online education, you really do not have classmates in the traditional sense. What you can do is talk to family members and friends about what you have learned in your online classes. One other thing you can do is to try to arrange a chat with your instructor so that you can have some time to discuss the subjects and/or curriculum with him.

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Online Education~ a Brief History

Moving back in the time zone to a couple of decades earlier, how do you see a person who has earned a bachelors degree? He or she may be in their early twenties; staying in a hostel or near the university with parents sending the term fees. All the student had to do was go to the university every morning, attend classes all day, make projects and assignments, come back to their accommodation in the evening and prepare for the next day. Even this was only possible for those who could afford to pay the University dues in time and had some one back at home to do the earning. In earlier days student who didn’t have enough financial assistance had to give up school and earn their livelihood. Going to college and acquiring a degree turned out to be a dream that never seemed to be fulfilled. Once stuck into the fulfilling the needs of shelter and food, education never got its turn. Work and education could not walk side by side.

As time sped by, expenses got higher. It has now almost become impossible to run a family with one person working. Almost every member of the family after reaching age of maturity goes out into the practical field of life. Yet education always walks alongside career. The reason behind this great turnover is the evolution of a new concept known as “Online Education”. Online education came into the scene after the victorious advent of the internet and technology age. The complicated gadget named as “Personal Computer” had gained so much popularity with time that it had became a necessity in very house. That is when online education came into the scene. Although Online Education is still in its very early stages yet it has attracted a huge number of students.

Online Education can be termed as the most precious gift, the internet as given to a common man. E-learning, began when companies started to educate their employees about the further advancements in their work. Those were the times when computer had begun to popularize and were mostly found in offices of companies and organizations. There were some problems at those times, mostly related to the time co ordination between the instructors and students. However after a few years the multimedia technology came into existence and touched the height of fame in almost an instant. Then e-learning became even more convenient with the use of PowerPoint slides, educative games, and other programs. The process on online education was still quiet slow and restricted to only a few regions.

After the advent of the new millennium, technology came with new horizons which were accessible to all. The internet was streamed with institutions offering online courses and degrees. Students had found a way to continue there studies along with there jobs. Businessmen and professionals had found a way to further polish their skills. Web servers were much faster and could easily bear the load of videos and presentations. Lectures could …

Music Education for Parents: Learn to Read Music with Ease Using a Music Study Guide

You know how musically trained children read music notes as if they are reading a book. Is it so easy? If you are thinking of sending your child for music lessons, he too will learn reading notes on those magic five lines as easily as them. Is it really possible? Yes, dear parents, it is!

A music study guide will teach your child how to read those notes. If you find your musically talented child a good music teacher, he will blossom into a wonderful music player. But before you plan all your budget and other things, you need to first understand your expectations from musical education.

Parents who don’t know a thing about music lessons think that it is impossible to plan what to expect from music. They are even scared to sign their child up for music lessons as they think he should just play for “own pleasure” and concentrate on public school.

Actually, when they say “own pleasure”, they really mean their own pleasure. It’s they who want to see their child create some music from their tiny fingers and enjoy – only because it looks so cute!

Why are parents who have no idea of music education so scared of letting their child play an instrument or compose music? It is because they think that learning music or reading a music study guide is too difficult a thing and their child won’t be able to do it since nobody in the family had musical talent.

Dear parents, music talent is not hereditary and anybody can learn music and read notes as effortlessly as reading a regular book. Even a music study guide can teach you how to read music!

Learning music begins with learning notes in one octave, then in the next, and so on. By practicing what you have learnt, you can easily start playing the musical instrument of your choice. Of course, since it is a new language your child will need time just like he needed time while learning the alphabets. But very soon he will learn words, then sentences, and then large texts!

The more your child practices, the faster he will learn. The technique of sight-reading will help him learn faster. Although a music study guide is helpful, it is always better to learn from music teachers whether at a music school or at home.

If your child is scared of the big stage or following strict regimes, just hire a private music tutor for your child in the comfort of home and buy a good music study guide.

So, even if you wish to see your child play “for his own pleasure”, it is vital for him to learn to read music notes freely, regardless of whether the music piece is complex or simple. After mastering this essential skill, your child will be grateful to you for giving him this gift of musical training.…

Impact of Media on Learning

Abstract

Media has opened new dimensions in learning. Now education is no longer a constraint for anyone. Media has brought education to the doorstep of each and every individual. All forms of media- the newspaper, radio, television and the internet are equally important in imparting education. As the technology is progressing, the different educational modules are being channeled through certain community access centers like community radio system, televisions, internet, community multi-media centers etc. Media literacy or education does not only mean to be entertained by media but to learn something from it. As a major part of the learning process is concentrated on children, media plays a significant role to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. Children often learn important things through the media, which change their perspective to life. Moreover, radio has now started to enter into the educational sector commonly known as Community Radio System, which indirectly forms the part of e-learning process. Computer-based education has transformed the traditional offerings of distance learning. This medium of education converts the traditional static resources into interactive and interesting online modules for the learners. The primary motive of the Interactive Learning Modules is to create modular interactive learning materials for the development of education and to demonstrate their effectiveness in university curricula as well as industrial training programs. Interactive Learning Modules, which is another form of media, serves the purpose of both the technical and management corporate trainee people along with the people with learning disabilities. The main aim of this article is to focus on the positive effects of media on learning and how different forms of media have contributed to the development of mankind.

Media and learning: New dimensions
Author: Bipasha Chowdhury
Introduction:

Media is everywhere; it has become a part of our daily life. The media plays a dominant role in the learning process. Its impact is vast in shaping the life of an individual. Media has the potential to shape personalities, change the way we perceive and understand the world and our immediate reality. Though we know that all good things have both good and bad effects, likewise, media too have some positive and negative effects. Moreover, we have seen that a large number of people depend on the internet to collect information, read news, listen to music and download movies, play games and also for work. Newspaper, Radio, Television and the internet- all form part of the media and are important in imparting education. Media offers culture, sports, information, entertainment, current affairs and education. Sometimes the impact of media is very high. For example, children love to watch the superheroes and sometimes try to copy their actions while playing. On the other hand, the impact may not be so vast or immediate. It happens gradually as children see and hear certain messages repeatedly. Some of the devastating advertisements include: Fighting and unnecessary quarrel, cigarettes and alcohol being shown as the symbol of heroism, style and attractive, but not deadly and unhealthy. Moreover, violation of laws is shown …

Changes in Online Education Over the Last 5 Years

Considering an online degree? The time is right to go for it. Online education, though a comparatively new system of delivering education, has come a long way to be recognized and taken seriously. More and more colleges and universities have started adding online courses as well as other forms of distance learning. The e-learning industry has come of age and all these years it has witnessed many changes, especially over the last five years. The cost of implementing e-learning tools has fallen over these years. Education online has a bright future.

From academic institutions, online education has found inroads into business organizations as well. Many companies the world over have started integrating e-learning into their infrastructure. Though this type of learning is quite different from pursuing a degree online, it is a welcome deviation of online education. The emphasis on e-learning is done to allow employees to learn at their desks and in smaller chunks. It also encourages them to participate in more training programs.

It is not only business houses that adopt e-learning modules, but also learning institutions and governments as well. Shared research and development expenses, lower costs, and fast deployment have added to its popularity. Many organizations have started encouraging their employees to attain college online and pursue online degree to keep themselves updated.

Another change in education online is that many new courses are added catering to the need of working professionals. These professionals need to constantly update themselves with latest development in their respective fields. This is very true of professionals like medical practitioners. They need to keep pace with the latest technology, latest research and development and so on. They go through the process of continuing education in order stay updated. Since they cannot attain classroom lectures, continuing education is delivered online and through other means such as workshop and independent learning.

Other working professionals also require online degrees to update their skills and increase their career growth potential. Online degree programs, online certificate programs, and online courses offered by traditional and online colleges & universities cater to such requirements.

Education online has become comprehensive covering more and more areas of studies. Whether you seek an online associate, bachelors, masters, or PhD degree in business, technology, healthcare, or education these online universities will cater to your diverse needs.

With the low cost of online education, and its increasing popularity, even Ivy League institutions like the University of Pennsylvania has recognized and appreciated education online. Premier business schools in the state like Wharton School of Business have also recognized its potential. Today there are several colleges and universities offering online degrees. Most of them are credited online colleges.

Online education has also made education more cosmopolitan and global. It connects students from one part of the world to another part and from rural communities to urban population, and vice versa. In fact, this trend will become more visible in the years to come and more new courses are likely to be added keeping in mind …