Online Learning Success

Guy using computerThe advantages of online learning can also be the source of its challenges.  Successful online learning requires technological skills, time management, organization, motivation, and strong reading, writing, and communication skills.

This orientation is designed to prepare you for success in this environment. Click on the links in the headings for each section

Are you ready?

Online learning is not for everyone!  In an online class, most, if not all interaction takes place through written assignments, discussion board messages, and email. It requires motivation, patience, and persistence.

  • Approach to Learning: Take this self-assessment to determine your strengths and potential challenges in an online class.

Set up your tech

Use these tutorials to learn the technologies you will need for an online course.

  • Computer Skills: Take this self-assessment to identify areas where building more technical skills may be helpful.

Get off to a good start! 

Tips and resources for starting strong in online learning.

Communicate effectively

Learn how to communicate effectively with your professor and other students using email and the discussion board.

Manage your time

Read over these time management strategies and find the organizational tips and tools that will work best for you.

Stay motivated!

Set yourself up for success by following the advice in this orientation, and motivation will be easy!  Find additional tips here.

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Last Updated: 11/1/18