If your in-person trip to London or voyage along the Mediterranean was postponed due to the global pandemic, you are not alone. Fortunately, if you have a passion for lifelong learning and spending time with other inquisitive people — and a computer with a reliable Internet connection — there are still many exciting ways to learn about and explore the world.
In order to make sure you don’t miss a moment of learning, Road Scholar created its first virtual campus so that you can continue to discover the places and topics you’ve always wanted to learn about. Our Virtual Lectures allow you to take in expert-led presentations on a variety of subjects, while our Adventures Online offer multi-day immersions into some of the world’s most fascinating places while allowing you to get to know other learners like you.
If you’ve enrolled in your first online program and are wondering what to expect, here are five tips for making the most out of your educational experience!
It goes without saying that an online learning adventure is different from a traditional trip — but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a great time. While you won’t be able to physically walk the streets of Paris, you will enjoy virtual field trips through some of the city’s most important landmarks, led by your Road Scholar instructor. You’ll also be able to chat with your fellow Road Scholars online and get to know each other through a different medium. The best part? You can do all of this without ever leaving home!
If you were going on vacation, you’d consider that your personal time, right? Pretend that this is the same thing! Though you’ll be in the comfort of your own home, your enjoyment of your program will be heightened if you can block out any other distractions (like phone calls, visitors and so forth) who might interrupt your program. You might even put a note on your door that says, “Do not disturb: I’m in Athens!”
Like all other Road Scholar learning adventures, you’ll receive materials to review before your program begins — these let you know of any potential scheduling or programming changes, special events to keep in mind, books you could read to enhance your knowledge of the topic and more. To help things run seamlessly, please peruse these materials let us know of any questions you may have. You can also help to support Road Scholar by purchasing any of your suggested reading through our online bookstore.
Communicating during an online program is certainly different than engaging with your instructor and peers on a traditional program. However, any learning adventure is more fun when everyone is participating! Don’t be afraid to ask questions — simply raise your hand or submit a question or comment in the Zoom chat box. The more we engage, the more we learn together!
Technology can be intimidating, but we promise that we are here to help you along the way. Our Tech Support Team will be there to provide assistance to make sure that you can enjoy your Road Scholar learning adventure. While we are working behind the scenes, we ask for your patience as we fix any issues as quickly as possible!
This is my first Road Scholar adventure. I'm looking forward to it. Will I be able to see the video section in English or only mostly in Spanish except for the first video of the people introducing themselves?
My husband and I are both enrolled in the Antarctica Virtual Tour. Can we each participate on our own devices (Apple Pro Laptop for me and his Apple IPad) in the same room?
The preparation given has been helpful. I am looking forward to the class.
In prep for this seminar, I've read Karl Widner's Anasazi of Chaco Canyon -not scholarly, but based on a lot of reading and research... definitely enthusiastic. And Hiking New Mexico's Chaco Canyon by James Wilson (2019), which was a marvelous, "boots on the ground" guide by someone who loves the land and the Anasazi. It was a very clear, as though one were in the presence of the land, the ruins, the "old ones". It helped me to have read them in that order. I really look forward to hearing and seeing more about Chaco.
First Road Scholar adventure. 75 years old. Live in CA.
The London theatre content has been wonderful except that cable channel 2 that is used to transit it does not accommodate hearing aids so it was impossible to hear the brilliant discussions. Consider your audience, please, and find a way to accommodate the hearing impaired; use cable 2?
The London theatre experience has been wonderful except that the cable channel 1 that is used does not accommodate hearing assist so it was impossible to hear the brilliant discussions. Consider your audience, please, and find a way to accommodate hearing aides???
I have found my on-line experience one long frustration. Signing on would be easier if RS would send email each day there are sessions with the sign-on info. How hard is that to set up?
1. how do I finds a way to see participants (other than 3 or 4 on the side)?
please send class notes the day before the class, if not earlier....I did not look at my inbox this morning ---so was not aware class notes were sent at 6:am...not good planning.
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