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Learning Effectively in the Online Environment


Online learning is not for everyone. The following are lists of traits, skills, and resources that are either necessary or highly recommended for successfully completing an online course. It is your responsibility to make sure you have what is necessary for your success.

  • Be patient. You should not expect instant responses from your instructor or other students.
  • Expect things to go wrong on occasion.
  • Be prompt and adhere to deadlines.
  • Be able to work independently and to manage your time without direct supervision.
  • Be able to follow directions carefully.
  • Be willing to ask questions when you're not sure how to do something correctly or if you're not sure what is required.
  • Be flexible and adaptable.
  • Have a sense of humor or at least be able to see the lighter side of life.
  • Be honest and do your own work.
  • Be willing to learn from a variety of sources - written, electronic, other students, the instructor, and the world around you. At the same time, be willing to challenge and think critically about new material and your own beliefs.
  • Don't be afraid of computers, the Internet, the Web, or of computer programs.
  • Be willing to familiarize yourself with the technology required for and utilized in the course as early in the semester as possible.
  • Be willing to search for answers to technology questions from appropriate sources; in many cases this will be from someone other than the instructor of this course
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