As a parent, do you ever say to your children, “Do as I say, not as a I do”? I was curious if my own suggestions for online learning could be categorized under that adage.
Think about the last time you took on learning something new: a new job, a new craft or hobby, a new skill. As you sat down as a complete novice, you probably already thought about what it would look like and feel like to be successful.
As adults, we do this often. We think about what we want out of our new experiences, and we choose them based on some kind of motivator. Whether we want a better salary, we want a new pastime, or we need to fix up our house, we dive into learning because we are driven.
Anything But Average
Many people have asked me in my time as an online educator, “What’s the average student like in your classes?” When I hear this question, I can’t help but shake my head in frustration. I find myself wondering why the person asking thinks that online students somehow differ from those in brick-and-mortar schools.