Here are some tips to help prepare you for your journey of taking online courses.
Begin With The Ending in Mind
Preparing yourself for an online course, whether it is totally online or with some classroom time, is a matter of asking a series of questions.
Studies have shown that it takes a certain amount of self discipline and motivation to schedule and manage yourself through such a course. If this is your first experience with online or distance learning, your skill set of experiences and expectations begin with your educational goals with the course.
What purpose does this online course serve in my education?
Think the process through! You may have to work without face-to-face contact with your teacher, your classmates, and possibly outside academic support
How confident am I of
The course syllabus provides information about
What is this course electronic learning environment like?
What is my home learning environment like?
- As a learner, what is your skillset,
experiences & expectations that will help you succeed?
- Educational goals
- Personal responsibility
- Self discipline
- Life experience
- Resource management
- Task focus
- Time management skills
- Coping skills
- Communication skills (IV. B.)
- Who will be in your community of learning to help you succeed?
- Teaching assistants
- Fellow students
- Support professionals:
Librarians, tutors, study skills professionals, lab managers,
- Will you be
- Social/fitting in/connected
- What are your communication skills?
- Individual: email/voicemail/text messaging
- Group: video conference/chat rooms/discussion boards
- What are the components you need in your electronic learning environment?
- Institutional resource centers
- At home
- Course learning system
- Textbook website
- Technical requirements
- applications requirements
browser, email, communications
ISP: access to Internet & email
- Viruses & computer/network failures
- What components should you consider in a course of study?
- Course syllabus
- Constraints of time and distance
- Language of instruction
- Course interruptions/trips, emergencies
- Content outline
- Tasks with priorities
- Communications sequence
- Teacher/instructor &
In person and/or digital
- Digital texts
- Course website
- Course management system
- Assignments' grades
- Communications with teacher and learning community
- Academic support
- Online resources/library/helplines
- Study guides and strategies
- Tutors/professional assistants
Overview for the online learner and learning