In order to succeed in online learning, we would like to provide you with some key tips and skills you will need.
Following is a short video with helpful tips- Effective distance learning video
The Successful Distance Learner
What makes a person successful at distance learning varies from person to person. The following is based on advice
from instructors and students who have had positive distance learning experiences.
Good Study Habits
One of the best ways to be a successful distance learner is to develop and execute good study habits. Some are:
- Check your email at least once a day
- Time management – Don’t let assignments go until the last day
- Use all resources available to you
- Work in a quiet, uninterrupted area as much as possible
- Communicate with your instructor
- Reach out when you need help
- Have a strong sense of self-awareness. Learners who have a strong sense of self-awareness and good study habits usually have better strategies for understanding new information and are typically more successful in a distance learning environment
The way you prefer to learn new information is called your learning style. Assessing your skills and preferences will help you select the type of learning strategies that are most likely to keep you interested and enable you to reach your learning goals. If you don’t already know your individual learning style, it is advised that you take a short self-assessment online/moodle.
Self-Discipline and Motivation
Another characteristic shared by successful distance learners is self-discipline. This distinguishing feature is usually seen in the learner’s ability to stay current with assignments and adhere to assignment due dates. One way to promote self-discipline is to work with a calendar. Schedule time to study for work on assignments and complete assignments on time. Distance learners need to be self-motivated. Unlike traditional courses in which the students and instructor meet face-to-face, learning activities and communication in distance learning courses are remote. This arrangement allows you the flexibility to work when it is most convenient for you. It will be your responsibility to remain motivated and to stay engaged to complete the course requirements wholly and on time. You are responsible for knowing when course activities are due.
Time management is a commitment; you must set aside a significant amount of time each week for work. Distance learning classes require as much time and effort as traditional seated classes, if not more. Technical difficulties in software, hardware, internet connections, etc. are to be taken into consideration when you budget your time. Using the course specification as a guide and the calendar you developed for self-discipline will help you better manage your time.