of the Successful Online Student
Online courses offer students
opportunities to learn in new ways and make learning available to many
who cannot attend a traditional class. However, online courses are not
for everybody, just as not every student is successful in traditional
In general, the successful
online student should possess the following qualities:
- Be open minded about
sharing life, work, and educational experiences as part of the learning
Introverts as well as extroverts
find that the online process requires them to utilize their experiences.
This forum for communication eliminates the visual barriers that hinder
some individuals in expressing themselves.
- Be able to
communicate through writing.
In the virtual classroom, nearly
all communication is written, so it is critical that you feel
comfortable in expressing yourself in writing.
- Be self-motivated and
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.
- Be willing to "speak up"
if problems arise.
When you experience difficulty on any level (either with the technology
or with the course content), you must communicate this immediately.
Otherwise the instructor will never know what is wrong.
- Be willing and
able to commit to 8 to 9 hours per week per course.
Online is not easier than the traditional educational
process. In fact, many students will say it requires much more time and
- Be able to meet the
minimum requirements for the course.
The requirements for online are no less than that of any other
college writing course. An online course is a convenient way to
receive your education, not an easier way.
- Accept critical thinking
and decision making as part of the learning process.
The learning process requires you to make
decisions based on facts as well as experience. Assimilating information
and executing the right decisions requires critical thought.
- Have access to a
computer and a modem.
The communication medium is a computer, phone line, and modem;
the student must have access to the necessary equipment. Many students
prefer to work from home; however, students may access the computers in
the High Tech Centers on campus seven days a week.
- Be able to think ideas
through before responding.
Meaningful and quality input into the virtual classroom is an
essential part of the learning process. Time is given in the process to
allow for the careful consideration of responses. The testing and
challenging of ideas is encouraged; you will not always be right, just
be prepared to accept a challenge.
- Feel that high quality
learning can take place without going to a traditional classroom.
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