Shirley left a good comment the other day – she hasn’t enjoyed any of the online courses she has taken and didn’t complete them, so clearly online classes are not for everyone.
So – why do them?
The reasons I have done them so far are as follows:
1. Most local workshops are on Saturdays around here and I have the kids at home and find it difficult to get to them. This is the main reason.
2. I don’t have to lug lots of supplies plus sewing machine around!
3. The types of courses I do aren’t offered around here.
I think they’re a boon if you are housebound or live miles from anywhere or have family commitments. You can do them a bit at a time, don’t have the distraction of other people chatting while you’re trying to work, you print out the extensive notes and have them for posterity or until the dog chews them…. In these cases they are a lot better than nothing.
They can take a bit of getting used to, it usually requires more discipline to get down to work, and of course you don’t have the stimulation of other people to talk to and bounce things off in quite the same immediate way as you do at a workshop. And, especially for creativity classes or ones requiring the tutor’s critique or special help, it is more difficult to have the same sort of attention. Although presumably you can – I know the City & Guilds courses would require this sort of attention and people do find them to work. I’m going to feature C&G courses in the next few days so if anyone has any experience of this, please comment freely!
So – comments please!! Do you agree? Any more points to consider??