When I have been stuck in situations I did not like, I wondered why. What did I do to deserve it? Why didn’t things change?
Have you ever wondered why things never changed?
At times like these, I have found that just like the man in the video, I needed to make room for something new. Also, I needed to put myself in a position to receive inspiration. Then, I needed to listen.
And, I needed to learn.
Learning is the best way to change.
If you want to make a life change, to change your circumstances, or to feel differently, learning is the best way to make it happen.
When we are learning, we have to be humble and available.
We must listen.
And take action when opportunities come to us.
When you’re the teacher, learning is still important.
For example, after I completed a doctoral degree and felt solid career direction, I kept learning more. And that learning has made me a better teacher. It continues to be critical to my success and personal growth.
Learning more has given me the power to grow. And, because I keep learning, I will always understand my students.
Ultimately, you can feel lighter and have influence when you keep learning, too.
I hope you will enjoy today’s video share and find ways to keep yourself open. Be available. Then, listen and learn.
Because if you can do these things, you will always have direction. Even though you’ll get stuck, as we all do, you will eventually get through it.
And the future you will thank you for your commitment, perseverance, and tenacity.
First, the researchers have been conducting this study repeatedly for several years. They report having surveyed over 15,000 fully online learners during the bast many years. I’ve used some of their reported statistics and trends in my own work, and particularly in my recent book Teaching Music Appreciation Online. I believe the data is useful and adds insight to online higher education.
Second, it’s unclear whether any survey respondents were impacted by COVID-19 yet, because the authors noted that data were collected in January and February 2020. Broad effects of the pandemic did not impact higher education until late March 2020 and onward. Regardless, the needs and preferences of online learners are well represented under normal circumstances. Next year’s report will definitely be worth a look!
Here are some of the key insights that returned this year:
Online learners prefer to take classes from institutions located close to home
Online learners typically prefer affordability and reputation when choosing where to enroll
And, new findings about what online learners really want include the following:
Pride in the institution and are willing to pay more tuition for an institution’s reputation
The fastest route to completing the program and speed throughout the process (including applying, accepting transfer credits, and goal achievement)
Specific programs (and they will go elsewhere to find it rather than opting for an on-campus option)
Options to learn via mobile devices
As we look to the future of online education, considering the preferences and needs of online students will help us continue to provide what they most want.
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