Profile of Successful Online Students
Online learning can be a very effective learning environment for students. Students from all backgrounds, academic levels, and differing degrees of computer experience have proven to be successful in online courses. The following attributes will greatly contribute to a student's success in online courses. It should be noted that there is no litmus test as to who will and will not be successful. The following are some considerations to take into account but should not be used as a strict barrier for enrollment into online courses. In many cases, students’ strengths in these areas may emerge if given the chance to participate in online courses.
Self-motivation - Students can direct their own learning environment and methods to fulfill course requirements and achieve individual academic success.
Independent learner - The online environment enables students to learn at their own pace, relieving the stress of feeling rushed or pressured and providing enjoyment in the learning process.
Computer literate - Although it is not necessary to have advanced computer skills, students should possess a working knowledge of electronic e-mail, the Internet, as well as basic keyboarding skills.
Time management - Students must be able to organize and plan their own best "time to learn." There is no one best time for everyone, but the key to learning is to make the time to learn.
Effective written communication skills - Students must use electronic e-mail and discussion forums to communicate with their peers as well as the instructors. The ability to write clearly to communicate ideas and assignments is essential. This method provides the learner with rapid feedback as well as a means to inform instructors of any concerns or problems that they may be experiencing.
Personal commitment - Because there are no bells that begin and end classes, students must have a strong desire to learn and achieve knowledge and skills without necessarily having an adult physically in front of them at all times to prompt them to action.
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