Some say that, in Latin American countries, there’s a majority of people who still are not very keen on the concept of e-learning. If that’s the case, can you then imagine some of the greatest minds in the history of the world having every conceivable piece of information just one click away?
What if Albert Einstein had been given the chance to conduct research on his findings much faster and without having to leave the comfort of his home? How about Agatha Christie’s already extensive use of vocabulary in her novels and how much more work she would have done if she’d had access to all the online dictionaries that are available? Finally, can you even imagine what Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have done if he could have received virtual lessons on sound mixing and how to use online musical editing programs? How many more symphonies and operas would he have created?
These are all great premises with a hint of exaggeration, but still, how do you know if you are maximizing your intellectual potential if you don’t even give it a try? Perhaps you’re the kind of person who’s always thought that e-learning is just not your cup of tea because you’d feel much more comfortable and focused if you could receive your information face-to-face. The problem with that line of thinking is that, if you never step out of your comfort zone, you won’t get the chance to find out how far your abilities can take you, thus placing yourself in a situation in which you’d be putting limits to how much you can push your mind and your knowledge.
The first step to take would certainly have to be to keep an open mind and not think that learning online is not for you. Just because you’ve never done something in your life, it doesn’t have to mean that things should always remain the same.
The second step would be to appreciate the world of information that you have at the tip of your fingers and realize how fortunate you are to have it. If you see the e-learning experience as a last resort because you don’t have any other choices, then you’ll probably not value the opportunity of acquiring new and valuable knowledge that could be useful in your professional and personal life.
The third step would rely on you putting the information acquired to practice and applying it in the real world. Things could look and sound good in theory, but they must be put into practice at some point in order to know if you’re capable of doing them.
Finally, the last step would depend on the feedback you can put together based on the application of the knowledge you received and how you can improve upon them. Keeping a record of your experiences and sharing it with others will only lead to a more detailed analysis of your learnings and make it better for everyone else to understand and also learn from it.
Take for instance, learning how to speak English online. When you want to accomplish a goal like that, choosing the right program is pivotal. An entity such as KOE, which has over 30 years of experience performing the transfer of the knowledge of the English language through its Fast & Easy Program, and has now been offering its services online for the better part of the last decade, would have to be considered one of the best options out there.
In the end, it’s all up to you. It doesn’t matter whether you want to learn how to change a tire or master a new design program or learn how to speak English to improve your chances of excelling in life; the important thing is that you have the options within your reach and the decision to take advantage of these opportunities is yours. The question would be: Are you willing to do it?
Alfredo E. Clark