Online learning has provided access to higher education
to many students who cannot attend a traditional class. However, online
learning is not for everyone. The most successful online learners
possess the following qualities. They are…
Online learning provides
you with a great deal of flexibility; you can access your course when
and where you want with little direct contact from your instructor. You
must be motivated to keep up with coursework. If you get behind in the
course, it will be very difficult to catch up.
between instructors and students in a traditional course are usually
immediate. While your online course instructor will answer your
questions and help with course material, it could take 24 hours or more
to receive response to phone calls or e-mails. You must be comfortable
learning in such an environment.
You don’t need to be
an advanced computer user to succeed online, but it is helpful to start
an online course with basic keyboarding skills, a basic knowledge of
word processing software, and the ability to send and receive e-mail. It
is also helpful to have an understanding of how to conduct research on
Good time managers
Since your course
schedule will not revolve around regular face-to-face class sessions,
you must be able to set a schedule that allows you to meet course
deadlines. Depending on the course, you might spend at least three to
five hours per week on course-related activities. It takes a great deal
of time management effort to balance this time with work, family, and
other obligations you might have.
Effective readers and writers
courses require a great deal of reading and writing. You must be able to
communicate thoughts and apply learned material through writing to
other classmates and your instructor.
Effective problem solvers
You may face
problems in your online course that are outside of your control. For
example, your computer or Internet connection may malfunction, your
electricity could go out, or you may have difficulty contacting your
instructor. You must be able to think critically in such situations to
determine the best course of action without becoming overly frustrated.