Talking Formal and Informal Learning with Leonie Ramkaran

Talking Formal and Informal Learning with Leonie Ramkaran

Leonie Ramkaran is not a juggler! You definitely won’t see her performing with the circus or at your town’s next festival.

Instead, she’s juggling a myriad of responsibilities for Edusity.

“I have many different tasks,” says Leonie, our Junior Content Writer and Customer Service Associate, “but my key tasks are editing written content pieces before they are published, monitoring the customer service chat, writing blog articles from time to time and creating Instagram posts to promote our blog posts.”

As a recent university graduate, Leonie had direct experience integrating digital tools, techniques and interactions into all of her learning experiences whether those experiences were primarily online or in-person. Thinking about her own experience while working with Edusity has influenced her own approach to life and lifelong learning. After work, our colleague is currently preparing medical school applications!

“Working in this field has allowed me to work from home, mostly due to the pandemic,” she says. “That has helped me put more time towards my applications and helped me prepare for online interviews, potential classes online and just working through the entire application process online. Plus, I have been able to find courses online that I could enrol in to help me advance my knowledge in preparation for medical school. One of those courses is called “Clinical Terminology Course for U.S. and International Students.”

Like most recent and soon-to-be graduates, Leonie has also had to think about the other skills she has gained and developed that may not be academic in nature, but are assets nonetheless.

“Over the past few years, I have been engaged in social media content creation, learned time management skills, worked on a team that is spread out worldwide, and developed writing skills that are different from academic writing,” Leonie says.  “Medical schools not only want well-rounded academic students, but they also look at your extracurricular activities and life experiences that might make you a better medical student and, eventually, a better doctor.“

That emphasis on developing a well-rounded character – instead of just becoming a good student – has influenced how Leonie’s online education will continue to evolve.

“Over the past 2 years, being forced to take education to the online world, has helped to show the differences in students’ learning styles. We know some loved it and some couldn’t wait to get back into the classrooms,” she says. “So, I think in the coming years, more and more courses or classes will be developed to be taught both online and in person. I think in time instructors and developers will also figure out more ways to make online education more interactive than today.”

As that model of hybrid learning comes to fruition, it may mean that everyone will need to juggle a myriad of tasks and interests, just like Leonie does in her job at Edusity.

"I think learners need to figure out their strengths and use them,” she explains. “They also need to find a balance. Some might enjoy online learning more but they still need to balance it out with some actual hands-on experiences, assignments or interactions. When they need help, they need to ask and not be afraid. They also need to ensure they take care of their mental health and physical health because that will help ensure they are getting breaks and not burning out!”

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