Nafis Ehsas Chowdhury: As everyone is now home-ridden due to the coronavirus outbreak, many are making use of the time by investing them in online learning through undergoing various online courses & subsequently earning a certificate. Mainly the students & professionals are online learners. Learning through online classes is a useful method of acquiring knowledge relevant to our profession &/or studies. There are several local & international institutes which offer such online courses, some of the courses are free & some are not.
This online learning has eased the process of auxiliary learning a lot, allowing learners to learn + GET A CERTIFICATE both cost-effectively & without going anywhere. In the maximum of these online courses, course materials are a series of videos. To complete the course, the learner has to view all the videos without skipping & then the learner gets a certificate of completion of the course. But, many are misusing this online learning to exhibit their “fake” inquisitiveness for knowledge.
What they do is turn the video on, pay zero attention & perhaps do something else and proceed to the next video as one video ends. Subsequently, when the series of videos of the course is viewed, they get a certificate of completion.
And then, they post pictures of their certificates on various social media platforms with utter pride showing off to their friends, colleagues & family how well they are doing in online learning and how well they are spending their idle time to enlarge their knowledge hub.
They share the pictures of the certificates with their known people and mention them in their CVs so that they have a better chance of getting an interview call. And here is where the journey of such IOLs (Inattentive Online Learners!) gets a happy ending! The ending is such: In the interview board, the inattentive learner badly fails to answer those questions of the interviewer, answers of which are in the course materials (Videos) of the online course that the interviewee inattentively underwent. Hence, the employer marks him as “definitely the one we are not looking for.”
Online learning is also misused in another manner. One lacks Basic English knowledge but undergoes & gets a certificate of completion on the “Advanced English” or “Business English” course by viewing the course videos. In such cases, even if the viewer who is weak in Basic English was attentive to the course materials, he could hardly gain any knowledge from that course. And when such a person mentions this certification in his CV & sends an application inclusive of his CV & all academic certificates to his prospective employer, he does not even get an interview call.
Because when the employer goes through his certificates & CV, he notices that he has been weak in those of his English exams which are part of his academic learning (O Levels, HSC/A Levels, Graduation, etc.) but has a certificate of completion on “Business English” or “Advanced English.” This also makes the employer mark that applicant as “definitely the one we are not looking for.”
That is why every learner should be duly attentive to learnings gained in all media whatsoever. Knowledge in all manners should be attained with due sincerity & one must never fake his knowledge curiosity.
Nafis Ehsas Chowdhury is Prefect at Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Public College and President (Business Leader) of BNMPC Business Club.