Online learning: My experience


Hey guys! This is the first English blog that I have ever set up. It will be used to record my study in the course of New Literacy and Language Learning which I have taken this semester. Generally speaking, it is mainly concerned with summary or reflection of academic papers on new literacy and language teaching.

As a matter of fact, I had few online learning experience before I entered university. The teachers would utilize PowerPoint for teaching occasionally, but for the most of time, they merely chose to teach by using textbooks, blackboards, etc. The reasons are complicated. Firstly, perhaps at that time, especially when I was in primary school, those schools were not well equipped with electronic teaching devices and the teachers were not familiar with the new teaching approaches as well. Moreover, many teachers and parents believe that teenagers are lack of adequate self-control and self-discipline. They are likely to indulge themselves in net surfing and cannot focus on study if they are encouraged to study online. Furthermore, due to the pressure of entrance examination, the teachers have to make full use of time. In a teacher-centered class, what a teacher wants to do is to pump some facts into the students’ heads rather than give students a chance for self-learning or studying online on their own. Thus, both teachers and parents tend to prevent students from online learning.

However, what I’d like to say is that this phenomenon has changed a lot today to my knowledge. A case in point is that the teachers of my cousin who is in a secondary school upload the winter vacation homework and learning materials to their school website for the students to download and practice. Also, the teachers employ more multimedia in teaching. Maybe they have realized the benefits of online learning. Actually, the practice is similar to my learning experience at university.

During the period of my university, the teachers gave us much guidance on online learning. They asked us to find the materials which were relevant to the course on the Internet before the class quite often. In the class, they showed us many interesting videos and pictures to illustrate the abstract concepts. Also, learning materials were emailed to us after the class for us to better review the course. Apart from that, they introduced the use of the school’s electronic library where I found much useful information when I worked on my dissertation. The resources on the Internet are updated and inexhaustible. Since I had more time at my own disposal in the college, I spent more time to read e-books, watch English movies, listen to news report and etc., which all belongs to online learning. When I encounter some difficulties in language learning, I could find solutions easily on the Internet. Doubtlessly, online learning is an effective and convenient way for language learning. It enhances our language skills, broadens our vision and gives us more opportunities to communicate with other language learners.

From last week’s class, I learned some new online learning approaches. For example, we could post our essays online to get peer reviews and professional comments so that different views from all walks of life can be received and our writing skills could be improved as well. What’s more, blogging is a good way to exchange ideas and develop language competence. We can not only share joys and sorrows with netizens on our blog but also  comment on their blogs when we read. It’s really interesting! Hopefully, I will learn more about new literacy in the course.

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