Online learning can seem intimidating at first glance. However, each and every student can benefit from online learning. If you are struggling to answer the question “is online education right for you,” take a look at how students of all learning styles can benefit from online learning.
Determine your online learning style
Many students may have a rough idea of their own best study or learning practices. Some may study by taking notes and reviewing them before exams. Others prefer to have a friend test them from practice questions in a textbook or from a study guide. Each of these practices are a form of a specific learning style. It’s important to understand your learning style in order to earn the best education.
The three learning styles are:
- Auditory learner
- Spatial/visual learner
- Kinesthetic learner
If you don’t yet know what yours is, you can find a quiz online to help you determine your learning style.
Is online education right for you?
Students of every learning style benefit from online learning.
As the name implies, auditory learners learn best through hearing. However, this doesn’t mean auditory listeners are limited to just listening to lectures. Auditory learners may:
- Listen to recorded lectures
- Hear a passage from a textbook read out loud
- Discuss course material with classmates
- Teach friends, family, or classmates concepts
How auditory learners benefit from online learning
Today’s online learning platforms, including Canvas, allow auditory learners to engage with class material in many different ways.
Through recorded videos, students can listen to, rewind, and re-listen to the same information until the concept is understood. Traditional classrooms restrict students to hearing a lesson once, then relying upon notes or a slideshow to try to understand the concept.
Interactive simulations will walk students through virtual displays they may encounter with real patients and allow them to practice any skills with a simulation. These guides will explain the steps of the simulations, allowing auditory learners to hear as well as see what they are being taught.
Additionally, students in the OTA Online Program will meet with their classmates during simulation labs and fieldwork. This allows them to engage in discussions with fellow OTA students, professors, and lab instructors.
Additional study tips for auditory learners
- Listen to classic, comforting music while studying
- Teach a friend or family method about the lessons you are learning
- Create stories to go along with each lessons
- Read lessons and reading passages out loud
Spatial learners, also known as visual learners, understand concepts best by reading or seeing the material.
Visual learners are likely to understand concepts best when they are read or performed for them. Concepts are best understood through:
- Visual coordination, such as color coding
- Reading a textbook or study guide
- Diagrams and maps
How visual learners benefit from online learning
Online learning through Canvas offers visual learners myriad techniques to master the material.
Interactive simulations have students complete virtual lessons, allowing them to see how certain theories are brought to life. These simulations reinforce lessons outlined in textbooks, guides, and other readings.
Online readings also allow visual learners to read material as often as necessary. Students can then color code notes and create diagrams or review already existing diagrams more than once.
Online learning also allows visual learners to create a learning environment that is best for them. Typically this means the perfect lighting and an organized space. By taking your lessons and when and where it’s convenient for you, you can build your ideal environment without worrying about attending classes in a specific classroom.
Additional study tips for visual learners
- Create and color code a study guide
- Create a diagram for complex theories or lessons
- Use mnemonic devices for keywords and terms
A kinesthetic learner learns best by doing activities. Online learning allows kinesthetic learners to engage in learning the necessary material. Kinesthetic learners understand best by:
- Moving around
- Physically practicing concepts
- Asking and answering questions
- Incorporating movement into studying
How kinesthetic learners benefit from online learning
Interactive simulations keep the student doing the necessary steps as they go through the material.
Online discussions keep kinesthetic learners engaged with their classmates during the online courses. Additionally, students will meet during simulation labs and fieldwork to further enhance their education.
Flexible environments allow students to take their lessons where they would like. So long as there is an internet connection, kinesthetic learners can pace while reading or change study locations as necessary.
Additional study tips for kinesthetic learners
- Move around while studying- try pacing or simply tapping your feet to a specific beat
- Chew the same flavor of gum while studying as you do when taking a test or quiz
- Make sure you are physically comfortable while you are studying
No matter your learning style, whether auditor, visual, kinesthetic, or a combination of two or all three, online learning offers many benefits to students in the OTA Online Program.
If you want to learn more about online learning or the hands-on lessons students will experience in labs and fieldwork, contact an admissions advisor today.