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Effective Online Learning Strategies
« on: April 02, 2015, 01:55:24 pm »
Effective Online Learning Strategies

Successful online students have a few things in common. If you want to excel in your assignments, be a productive, contributing member of classroom discussions, and overcome the challenges of learning from a distance, give these tips a try:

Feel that high quality learning can take place without going to a traditional classroom. Online is not for everybody. If you want to be on a traditional campus attending a traditional classroom, you will probably not be happy online. While the level of social interaction can be very high in the online classroom, it is not the same as being on campus. You should expect to:

Participate in the online classroom 3-5 days a week.
Work with others in completing projects.
Use the technology properly.
Meet the minimum standards as set forth by your instructor.
Complete all assignments on time.
Enjoy communicating in writing.

Stay motivated and self-disciplined.  With the freedom and flexibility of the online environment comes responsibility. The online process takes a real commitment and discipline to keep up with the flow of the process. Use the first few days of your course to become familiar with course expectations and make a schedule for yourself. Once you get behind in a course, it is almost impossible to catch up.

Stay on schedule. You cannot afford to get behind in an online class.  Know the deadlines and meet them!

Achieve personal/ school balance. When taking classes from home, it's often difficult to balance the load. Dedicate certain times of each day that you commit for your online class. Do not schedule anything else during those times!

Be willing and able to commit 10 to 15 hours per week to your course. Online is not easier than the traditional educational process. In fact, many will say it requires much more time and commitment.

 Adapted from: What Makes a Successful Online Student
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