Are you aware of the type of learning style that is effective for you? While some can quickly come up with an answer to this question, others may not. As a prospective online college student, it’s important for you to determine your learning style before you choose your degree.
The traditional method of teaching has, generally, favored extroverts who like getting into face-to-face course discussions. On the other hand, online learning tends to favor introverts who enjoy reading, learning, and responding to materials anonymously, at their own time, and in the comfort of their space.
Thankfully, online education is starting to evolve. Today, more and more instructors are infusing collaborative projects, group works, interactivity, and synchronized discussions into the courses. It won’t be a surprise if virtual reality will soon be incorporated too. So, be aware of your preference, whether you’re introvert or extrovert, to help determine which online program you’ll most likely succeed.
Generally, introverts benefit from asynchronous or self-paced programs that don’t require much group work. This doesn’t mean that introverts should avoid online programs with interactivity. Rather, they should be aware that they may not prefer group projects, which consume their social energy.
Competency-based programs, which focus on developing and showcasing one’s skill set, might be highly beneficial to introverts. Sometimes, there are instructors that lead these types of programs. There are also times when there’s no class or cohort structure. This allows students to work on their assignments and projects at their own pace. Typically, these programs are intended for working adults.
Some online programs are designed to be highly interactive. If you prefer this type of learning style, look for online programs that have regular interaction with classmates or those that require teamwork and internship. Most likely, you’ll find synchronous classes with chat features or live discussion appealing. It’s best to ask specific questions first because the programs are not always the same, even within the same school.
Extroverts and ambiverts might also want to consider programs that have both virtual and face-to-face learning. While online education is convenient, its solitude can cause a feeling of isolation.