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How to Succeed Online

How to Succeed in Online Courses

Anyone can be a successful online student. However, to be successful, you need to analyze how you learn and then call on those traits that will help you succeed in a Web-based course.

You may have to motivate yourself differently to ensure that you complete course assignments. You may have to set your schedules in new and different ways in order to participate throughout the week, as there is no set class time.

Since most classes have time requirements built into the coursework, there is an expectation of accessing and participating in the course regularly. This expectation does not mean you have to access the course site daily. However, when a course depends a great deal on student discussion, you should be "checking-in" on the class a few times per week to ensure that you are contributing to and enriching the class discussion.

If you are find it challenging to respond to another student's comments, try to find ways that a topic can be clarified, explored, questioned, or connected to other relevant topics, and work that into your response. Everyone should help keep the discussion "ball" in that air.

To be successful as an online student, you should:

  • View online education as a convenient way to receive your education, not as an easier way.
  • Be willing to share life, work, and educational experiences as part of the learning process.
  • Be willing to communicate through writing.
  • Be able to think ideas through before responding.
  • Be willing to challenge ideas and to accept a challenge.
  • Accept critical thinking as part of the learning process.
  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • Be committed to keeping up with the coursework and to participating actively in the discussions.
  • Be willing to commit time each week.
  • Be willing to "speak up" if problems arise.
  • Be willing to communicate immediately regarding technical difficulties or any areas of confusion so that problems can be corrected or addressed for everyone's benefit.
  • Have access to the necessary equipment.
  • Be committed to being part of a high quality learning experience and to doing your part to make that experience a success.

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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