I expose some of the most common and deadly misconceptions about distance learning. And you want to read this. Why? Because if you don’t consider the new trends and potential of courses for distance learning in graphic designing, you may be ignoring or ruling out vital opportunities to increase your professional skills, complete your degree, or expand your professional relationships. That’s correct; some of these myths are deadly to you because even though the means to breathe new life into your career are at home, you have decided to ignore them. Let’s change all that together.
Join me as we explore these 7 distance learning graphic designing myths and open doors of opportunity that are waiting as close as your cell phone, laptop, and iPod.
- You must be connected at the same time to participate in distance learning. People have an idea because they may have participated in webinars in the workplace – live webinar conferences or seminars. However, webinars are just one of many ways to provide distance learning. Popular format is to use non-simultaneous (or asynchronous as we call it) deliveries. This format allows participants to log in via the Internet to do their work whenever it suits their day. Wouldn’t you like to choose the time when you learn? Another great benefit of non-concurrent learning is that it overcomes time zone conflicts when grouped around the world.
- Distance learning is boring and usually canned. This statement could be the case if you’re just reading an exam or watching a video, but have not you been to a boring lecture? Too much of any mode of instruction can make it difficult to keep people interested. Today well-designed distance learning courses include no video, graphics, text, audio, and images but also user-created materials in the same formats. The great course will not only provide learning in a varied format that addresses multiple learning styles and learning intelligence but will also engage students in active participation. Student podcasts, videos, and online role-playing games are just a few examples. Students also post or lead topic-focused panel discussions and solve group simulations. Distance learning can provide a dimension to make learning meaningful.
- I do not like this “at your own pace” for distance learning. Distance learning comes in many modes now that you can have either a full instructor course or that includes partial independence combined with direct supervision. In some content areas, participants can also be in private learning sessions, just you and the teacher, or in groups. Although generally more expensive, if private learning or tutoring or a specific time frame works best for you, a private or group class could be a real benefit and incentive.
- Distance learning for graphic design is much easier than in traditional classes. This concern is raised primarily in relation to academic degrees and could not be more wrong. In fact, students need to work harder, especially in the beginning, with online courses. They must become responsible for their learning and spend more time on being self-disciplined, scheduling their study outside the classroom (no classroom time!), and keeping track of their deadlines. For some people, it is very easy to adapt; for other people, they must focus on developing strategies for the success of online learning. But once they make an effort, students who take responsibility can begin to shoot themselves with the possibilities that lie ahead. Now, doesn’t that lesson have many cross benefits?
- Distance learning creates greater social isolation. I think that people who affirm this myth do not use social networks. Otherwise, they would have a better idea of the extensive interactions in the distance classes. Discussion boards email, and peer dialogue and group projects rush into the amount of interaction in a traditional classroom. I always say that face-to-face classes are of necessity necessary to play “Beat the Clock”; therefore, the time for student interaction is limited. In contrast, distance classes can be expanded as much as students want to invest in them. Not in our experience, sometimes we have to contain them!
- Teachers do not need a new class preparation: distance learning is like teaching traditional classes. This is a very dangerous myth because teachers and students will be disappointed with the results if they are followed. While distance learning will be based on the principles of great teaching practice, many specific problems that are different or new must be addressed. For example, because it is part of a global classroom, intercultural communication may be more important than usual. Furthermore, whether the classes are held at the same time or not, a distance audience means a different dynamic. It can be powerful and lively, or be full of problems, but don’t try to head into this format without preparation.
- No student guidance is needed. Students use the same skills as a traditional class, just plug and play! Many organizations have struggled following this approach and their participants too! From technical support to study skills, time management to registration, needs, and processes, people must separate themselves from their assumptions and rethink the needs of the distance student. When approached, the approach unleashes a vibrant and global classroom.
Hopefully, this article has raised some new questions for you and has challenged some of your past assumptions or opinions. Consider enrolling in a distance education course of graphic design that has developed a good reputation. Try virtual learning for yourself and reflect on how this experience can be useful for you, your family and colleagues to meet personal and professional learning needs. From the completion of the academic degree to learning languages to prepare you, or strategies to restart the career of your dreams, the opportunities can be as close as that computer, iPod or cell phone, if it gives you the opportunity and follows the advice above.
There is more involved in the general training and learning processes than one might think in the graphic designing online courses. It is important to use thematic elements strategically to unite a course, in a consistent and appropriate
Of course, not everyone gets to a course with the same learning ability, and different students will have different skills. Therefore, you will want to collect information from as broad a group as possible to measure the effectiveness of your course for all students. Measuring the gestalt is like stepping back from the painting to see its overall composition before continuing.