The internet has forever changed the way human beings and the entire world do everything. From working and producing content to sitting back and relaxing at home, it’s safe to say that we’ve gone past the point of no return when it comes to technology.
Some of the more beneficial changes that have come from this technological boom have arrived in the learning industry. It’s now possible for anybody to sit down and learn about anything using online video content lessons and courses; helping you to better your skills or further your career.
While it’s all well and good getting these skills to help you out in the future, actually sitting down to watch hours of video content can be uncomfortable and tedious, and if it’s bad enough, it’s going to put you off completely finishing the course.
To stop this being a problem, today we’re going explore five things you need to help you consume your online course video content comfortably.
A Modern Computer
The first thing you’re going to want to use is a fairly modern computer that’s going to be able to run smoothly and effectively. If you’re using an old computer, the chances are that it’s going to be very slow, jumpy and may not even be able to run the videos fluidly.
If this is the case, you’re not going to be happy to set on there for hours at a time, especially when you consider that some training platforms offer over 3,300 hours of engaging video training for IT professionals, for example.
The Right Software
Once you’ve got the computer sorted, you’re going to want to take the time to make sure you’ve got access to all the software you’re going to want to use. Ideally, you’re going to want a word processor, for writing down notes and essays, and anti-virus software, since you’ll be connected to the internet a lot of the time.
You’ll also want to consider which web browser you’re using (ideally Chrome, Firefox or Opera) and all the relevant plugins, such as Adobe Flash, which can help you use interactive online content.
A Stable Internet Connection
The final technological point you’ll want to remember is your internet connection. Since you’ll be streaming videos, downloading software and just general browsing content, you’ll want a high-speed internet connection.
Without this, you’re going to spend so much of your time simply sitting in front of a blank computer while waiting for things to load, constantly having to refresh pages and start again. Update your internet connection before you get started.
A Quiet Room
There’s nothing worse than trying to settle in to learn and work, only to find yourself constantly distracted by everything else that’s going on in the world. Try dedicating a room in your house for learning so you can block out external distractions and noise.
Make sure everyone you live with knows not to disturb you while you’re in the room, and you may even want headphones playing ambient music if you live on a busy street or in a city.
A Comfortable Desk/Chair
If you’re taking a 40-hour online course, or even a longer Open University course, you’re going to be sitting in front of your computer for a long time, so you’ll want to make sure you’re physically comfortable.
Invest in getting a proper chair and sit at a proper desk. You can also make sure you’re sitting properly with correct back posture, and you’re not craning your neck. This will not only be more comfortable but can also help to minimize back problems in later life.
There are countless benefits that can be enjoyed by taking an online course, but it’s understandable that sitting through hours of video content can seem daunting. However, by taking these five things into account, you can be sure you’ll have the best and most comfortable experience.