How to improve your online learning experience [2 tips]

Many students detest digital classes. Here are a few suggestions to improve your online learning experience as a student or a teacher.



Before I continue, please note that the following recommendations are for live interactive sessions between the student(s) and teacher.


These are not relevant if you are a teacher looking at how to produce a recorded instructive video.



Improving your online learning experience ⌲ the video lags!

Many students gripe about the lag in videos when heading into the life interactive sessions.


This can occur both at the teacher and and the students end, and the solution is easy to implement.


Which is… to switch off Wifi on your device!


This may come as a surprise but let me explain.


WiFi is great when you are surfing the internet and you aren’t constantly uploading or downloading data.


However, in the situation when the network is congested with numerous devices communicating with the router at any time, you will have to wait your turn. Hence the lag.


The simplest and the cheapest way to ensure you skip ahead of the line, is to buy at least a Cat 6 LAN cable to connect your router directly to your PC/laptop/iPad. This videos explains the important differences between the categories of LAN cable. Still, if you want to dwell deeper 👇🏻

Once you have made the purchase, proceed to connect the LAN cable to the back of your router. Followed by the other end to your computer. Typically there are a few LAN ports available. Be sure to pick the one that is not bringing internet to from your modem.


Typically, don’t touch the port that is different color to the rest.

router back

back of router

For devices without a direct LAN cable, you can purchase a USB C (or whichever USB your device have) to LAN adapter such as 👇🏻

USBC to LAN adapter

USBC to LAN adapter

Be sure to turn your WiFi off when using this connection. In addition, you will be happy to note that with these devices, they are typically plug and play. No need to set anything or enable anything in the software.


Of course there are other ways to increase the speed of your connection.


And many of them come with increased costs and technicality.


I only focus on the fastest and cheapest and the MOST direct way to prevent lag.



Improving your online learning experience ⌲ background noise

Background noise can be distracting, not just for you but other compatriots in the class as well.


If you improve on the quality of audio, everyone will have a much better learning experience.


Because audio is more important than video!


Again, you don’t have to be a sound engineer in order to improve the audio.


All you need is a cheap lapel microphone 👇🏻

lapel microphone

lapel microphone

Not only do they remove the background noise, they can significantly improve your voice without needing to tweak it through software.


You can pair it together with a bluetooth headset but if you do so, make sure to choose the microphone to pick up your voice and the headset to output the audio of the class.


Many headsets come with the microphones and these generally suck. It is better to have a dedicated microphone separate from the headset.


If you are using MacOS for example, you can open the system preferences and click on sound and then on output to pick the correct device and the input to be the microphone you are speaking into.

Output

Output (headset)

Input (lapel microphone)

Input (lapel microphone)



Bottomline

I hope that the 2 simple recommendations can help to improve your online learning especially in live interactive classes.


Finally, let me know if this has been useful.




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How to improve your online learning experience [2 tips]






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  • On March 24, 2022