Building confidence in using online learning forums
Building confidence in using online learning forums

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Building confidence in using online learning forums

3 Using your time wisely

Figure 2 Online learning forums allow you to take your time to reply

Despite being potentially daunting, there are many advantages to using online learning forums which help to balance this out.

For example, you can:

  • take your time to reply – unlike being ‘on the spot’ in real-time conversations
  • think about how you want to compose your reply
  • edit your response before you send it, or after it has been posted – which, of course, is hard to do in spoken interactions.

The next section describes some practical strategies to help you take your first steps towards successful and enjoyable online interaction. You will be guided through a way of writing an introductory post about yourself that is short, informative and inviting. And remember, if you are feeling apprehensive about posting on a forum, other people feel the same, too.


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371