Expectations

It looks like you need to reexamine your expectations of what it means to be a student in an online class. Online learning is a rewarding way to further your education but it is not easier than a traditional class, and you need to be able to learn independently as well as work with your peers. You should take a look at the following link before starting an online course: What You Can Expect in an Online Class.

Self-Direction

You need to improve your time management skills and study habits (such as keeping yourself on track, meeting deadlines, and working independently) before you can be successful in online learning. Set some challenging goals for yourself and commit yourself to achieving them. Also, you may want to review the Office of Distance Education’s information on What You Can Expect in an Online Class before starting an online course.

Learning Preferences

You may need to experiment using different types of media, such as audio, to learn in an online course. Self-reliance to solve minor problems or make decisions about your learning is also vital. As you may work in an online group, you will need to sharpen your communication skills.

Self-Study Habits

To succeed in an online course, you must carefully choose a place to study that is compatible with your work habits. An online course requires at least 8.5 hours a week of work for a 3-credit course. Devise a way to keep track of your assignments and due dates so you can plan your work. You will also need to be willing to reach out to your instructor and fellow classmates when you have questions.

Technology Skills

Consider identifying someone to serve as your technological support person before taking an online course. Ideally, you should work to acquire the following skills: use the Internet and a Web browser to perform searches, install software on your computer, and perform simple troubleshooting activities.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Your computer may need some upgrades or additional software installed to ensure the best possible online learning experience. You should have a modern, up-to-date operating system, up-to-date browser, fairly fast connection to the Internet, virus protection, and possibly headphones with a microphone. The complete list of hardware and software required for online learning may vary slightly by course. To test your computer with Blackboard, you should practice using our e-LIT orientation course, which will be available on August 17.

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