Completed in 2017 and continues to take short courses
Fabian Bonaparte found he could no longer avoid learning how to use a computer and a smartphone. His employer told him it was an asset to have computer skills, but within a few years, it became mandatory. With the support from the Contact North | Contact Nord online learning centre in Orléans, he discovered a world of possibilities with technology.
“I need to get in line with the 21st century,” joked Fabian. “I realized this is something I need to learn.”
The Online Learning Recruitment Officer at the Orléans online learning centre helped Fabian find an interactive course to learn the basics of using computers. He says people his age, forty and over, appreciate this type of learning to stay relevant with technology. In fact, Fabian admits he actually likes computers now. He initially thought online learning was not suitable for his learning style that relied on an in-class environment. He was also hesitant about the quality of online learning compared to an in-class course.
“I find online learning to be great quality and I am comfortable now to explore taking my Master’s degree online,” says Fabian. He liked being able to come into the online learning centre located at the Orléans Cumberland Community Resource Centre, away from distractions at home. The staff at the online learning centre were able to help him with any connection issues and encouraged him throughout his course.
His success with online learning also improved his job performance now that he is more comfortable with using computers, tablets and smartphones. As a result, he is now more confident updating his safety credentials with his employer through online learning.
Fabian is a lifelong learner, and with his initial experience with online learning a positive experience, he is ready to continue taking more courses.