Distance and online learning has allowed millions of learners to continue to fulfill their educational goals in a manner that offers convenience and flexibility. And it continues to grow in popularity as an option.
An article on The Online Learning Consortium reviewing recent research states, “The number of students taking online courses grew to 5.8 million nationally, continuing a growth trend that has been consistent for 13 years. More than a quarter of higher education students (28 percent) are enrolled in at least one online course.”
More and more institutions offering CE courses in massage therapies and certifications are offering online options. If you’re thinking you might need to take some courses to increase your knowledge base and skill set, you might find the right class for you online.
But are you the right person to take online classes?
A 2014 study performed by Everest college concluded that out of 1000 people interviewed, 52% preferred hands-on training.
Still, the article quotes educator Laurel Springer Mayo, a director of a University of Texas-Arlington learning research lab, as stating that dedicated learners will find a way to learn no matter what kind of situation they’re enrolled in. “The motivated student will find a way to make it work for them. You can find ways to make your strengths matter to you. You have to put it in your head that you are going to do this. You are going to take the time out of your day. Successful students think that way more than ‘I don’t learn that particular way. I can’t do it.’”
Read more about current conversations on the viability of online learning and massage by in this article by Whitney Lowe, director of The Academy of Clinical Massage:
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“In the last decade, the popularity, availability, and complexity of internet-based learning increased dramatically. The most noteworthy and significant changes are in the educational and technological strategies created by developers working in advanced online education platforms.
While the massage profession may be slow to adopt advanced forms of online learning, the influence of online technology and its capability to improve learning though design is changing the overall educational landscape. We can be sure that this trend will influence massage education significantly in the near future. This powerful trend is inspiring reviews of our current (and often antiquated) theories and best practices in teaching and learning.
Educators might argue that using technology for massage education decreases the quality of learning or suppresses the “art” side of massage (the intuitive). Those that describe themselves as “kinesthetic” learners – and therefore claim that online learning does not work for them – may have yet to be exposed to the designs in online learning that in fact could work quite well for them.”