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Successful eLearning

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Characteristics and Behaviors for Successful eLearning Students

Successful eLearning students often demonstrate an extra measure of dedication and perseverance. They also gain mastery of one of the most important skills of lifelong learning. They learn to learn; utilizing available tools and adapting to various learning environments.

Characteristics often found in successful eLearning students:

  • Strong Self Motivator: You start and finish work without having an instructor remind you what is due and when it is due.
  • Adaptable to a Variety of Learning Methods: You are able to learn through reading, videos, podcasts and other visuals rather than in-class interaction.
  • Highly Organized: You balance eLearning course work with professional and personal responsibilities utilizing scheduling and time management skills.
  • Comfortable with Technology: You have basic computer skills, access to a computer with reliable Internet connections and you can adapt to a wide variety of software and learning technologies. 
  • Strong Communication Skills: You are comfortable with communications that are not synchronous, or face-to-face.  You show respect for your fellow students and instructor by using standard netiquette for all course email and discussion board interactions.
  • Academically Prepared: You have clear educational goals. You know why you are taking this class and what classes will follow. You purchase materials ahead of time and become familiar with the learning environment quickly. 

Behaviors to build or strengthen skills for successful eLearning students:

  • Participate Regularly:  Build a strong community with your instructor and other students in the course through regular email and discussion board communications. Reach for help often; you are never alone out there in cyberspace although it might seem so at times. Do not get behind in course assignments! Catching up in online courses is difficult.
  • Prepare Your Space: Create a learning environment full of resources and limited distraction. Make sure all materials needed are present: books, computer and reliable Internet connection. The area should be well lit and free from distractions. Your family should be respectful of a Do-Not-Disturb policy during dedicated study time.
  • Set Regular Goals: Breaking down your ultimate goal into small, manageable steps is the best way to make regular progress while feeling like you’re actually achieving something. Think ahead for problems that may occur and have a backup plan; where will you submit your assignments if your Internet connection goes down at home?  Stay on track!
  • Utilize Available Resources: Then find some more. Your course textbook and electronic materials are designed to give you the basic knowledge needed to complete the course. Follow instructor directions for maximizing effectiveness of all course materials.  Also use online search engines to provide deeper understanding and practical application of course topics. Your school library has a host of research tools and library assistants available to online students.
  • Be Proud of Your Accomplishments! Then Treat Yourself: Tell your family, friends, even your boss about your studies.  Use their encouragement for greater motivation in achieving your goals. Share your successes with them regularly.  Plan personal rewards for achieving milestones on your course and academic journey. All work and no play can make it difficult to succeed in eLearning courses.


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