We all face challenges in learning at some point. There are a lot reasons why this may happen including “I got a low grade”, “I can’t keep up”, perhaps, “I forget the important stuff”.
In a changing world, students need to be independent learners, critical thinkers, collaborators, innovators & contributors. Language plays everywhere in your life. Language is not the only medium of expression but a means of understanding the heart of culture and tradition of any place in the world. Learning Mandarin in addition to your native English and French, there is no exception.
Why Learning Experiences is Important?
Learning experience refers to any interaction, course, program, or other experience in which learning takes place, whether it occurs in traditional in-campus settings or out-doors settings or whether it includes offline educational interactions or online interactions.
Everyone knows the importance of language practice for language learners. However, there is not much discussion about what actually is good practice. Research in this area suggests that there are three key elements to learning a new language.
- First, comprehensible input, which is a “academic” way of saying being exposed to H-hearing 听 or R-reading 读 something in the new language and learning to understand it.
- Comprehensible output is the second element. It means learning to S-speak 说 or W-write 写 in the new language.
- The third is review and get feedback which typically means identifying errors and making changes in response.
We believe the unique elements of learning experience should not escaped from the general rules on any learning.
Keeping a list of best practices in instructional design on hand will allow you to design learning experiences that get the job done – that is, change behaviors and improve performance on the job.
Here are some of the ways to create your learning experiences that work.
- Learn Towards A Goal
- Build In Daily Practice
- Encourage Social Learning
- Make Learning Visual
- Use Spaced Repetition
- Prepare For Resistance
Learning can be fun. This is why it’s essential to remember your Why, your reasons.
Physical Classroom Learning vs. Virtual Classroom
Intensive Social Interaction
Social interaction between students, colleagues, and instructors tends to be a big part of how traditional classroom learning is approached. There is alternative posts or forums in online learning including email but they are not substitute each other in social interaction.
On-demand Online Learning
In a traditional classroom setting the biggest difference from Online Learning is that there is a different of space and time setup. You cannot stop and start when you want to, replay/review material during the course and even after. This ability to review information at the moment of need is a major advantage of online learning
Typically, when you take a training course most of the material is presented verbally by a teacher. With online learning, you have a much greater range of media to use: simulations, interactions, scenarios, and visual storytelling.
Successfully learning requires PD discipline and skills
These are tips apply to both our Mandarin online and offline courses regardless pros and cons of approach to traditional vs online classroom learning. PD – Personal Development related mindset and behavior cannot be ignored.
Schedule time to study on your calendar
Open your calendar and choose a predictable, reliable time that you can dedicate to watching online or offline lectures and completing assignments. This helps ensure that your courses won’t become the last thing on your to-do list.
Join the discussion of choice
Traditional Social engagement in person meeting and Online Course discussion post on forums are a great place to ask questions about assignments, discuss topics, share resources, and make friends. Research shows that learners who participate in the discussion formats are more likely to complete a course. So make an online post today!
Keep yourself accountable
Tell your friends about the courses you’re taking, post achievements to your social media accounts, or blog about your homework assignments. Having a community and support network of friends and family to cheer you on makes a difference.