Are you or will you be one of the millions of college students taking at least one online course?
I've learned that being an online student can be very different from being a traditional student. Taking an online course often comes with a set of unique challenges including....
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It's very important to understand that being an online student requires a different kind of focus, patience, and dedication.
1. Be Active and Organized to Stay Motivated
When I was new to taking online courses, I often felt uninspired and unmotivated when it came to my responsibilities as an online student.
I've learned that actively using certain strategies in an organized way can help to keep you motivated.
Plan your schedule & stick to it
Create a detailed schedule & plan that includes:
all your classes, study time, breaks & homework assignments
work schedule, family responsibilities & any socializing or special events
Take responsibility for your learning
Use self-directed learning to empower yourself:
learn what method(s) helps you to study online effectively
find background info on course topics & evaluate your progress & achievements
Set realistic course goals
Set realistic but challenging goals that include:
short-term goals so you're aware of what's next
long-term goals to keep the big picture and your ultimate goal in mind
Maintain your health & well-being
You'll feel stressed at times, so make taking care of yourself a priority:
look after your mental health & learn to manage your stress levels
keep physically fit with regular exercise that meets your needs
Which of the following examples would help a student taking online classes stay motivated?
2. Be Actively Social Online
Initially, as an online student, I felt almost completely disconnected from my classmates, which made me feel there was no sense of community in the class.
I've learned that by including social interaction in your online learning, you can increase your engagement and motivation levels, and improve your overall academic performance.
Engage with your online classmates
introduce yourself & make friends with your classmates in your virtual school
use social media or your school's learning management system to connect with classmates
Participate in discussion forums
actively participate in class discussion platforms to get to know your classmates
initiate topics and respond effectively to discussion posts to produce genuine responses
Build relationships with instructors
establish solid relationships with your online instructors to guide you through the course's learning process
use their virtual office hours to meet & build a solid connection
Form a study group
establish a study group for online learning to connect with classmates
start your group with just 1 classmate, build from there & keep it informal with scheduled time slots
3. Become Digitally Literate
I quickly realized that there's a steep learning curve to understanding all the software programs, apps, and tools you'll need as an online student.
While your school might provide some training and orientation for the necessary learning technology, understand that it's up to you to learn how to use it effectively to meet your academic responsibilities.
Learn basic technology skills
become familiar with common word processing & presentation programs
practice using video editing tools
learn how to use productivity apps
Get a reliable internet Wi-Fi connection
make a list of alternative places with an accessible & stable internet connection
learn the minimum internet speed requirements, usually 1.5 Mbps
Get help from online technical support
familiarize yourself with the school's online technical support
contact course instructors if you encounter problems accessing course materials
Check the technology requirements in the syllabus
read the course syllabus for the correct technology before you begin the course
check whether you're eligible for student discounts for computer purchases
What is an example of working towards becoming digitally literate? Select all that apply.
Learn from my personal experience taking courses online and take charge of your learning!
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