The online student
Online studying offers you the convenience and flexibility to match your learning goals and busy lifestyle. Get set to be a really successful online student!
Develop a time management strategy
Create a personal schedule to help you manage your study.
Factor in daily responsibilities, times to participate in class discussions and time to research, read and complete tasks and assessments.
Make the most of online discussions
Make the most of collaboration and you can expect to engage more meaningfully with course material and other learners. Who knows, you may find yourself learning more from your online classmates than you expected.
Think about other student’s ideas
Respond to suggestions from your facilitator.
Log on, tune in and post!
Use it or lose it
Find a way to help you retain the information and concepts you have learned online:
Apply what you’ve learned to past or current experience in your workplace
Compare it to knowledge you’ve learned in previous study situations
Take notes to help you grasp the main ideas more clearly
Rewrite the concepts in your own words.
Staying motivated can be a challenge when studying online.
Develop a self-motivation plan, with techniques that work for you. What motivated you to do this course? What motivates you to stay focused on your study?
High grades and a good job at the end of it?
A reward at the end of your course?
Giving and receiving encouragement and feedback?
Producing only the highest quality work?
Make questions useful for your learning
Asking regular questions is important to successful online learning.
Make use of the forums or live chats to ask questions
Take the time to think of your questions
Engage with questions from your facilitators and other learners
Ask yourself questions during the learning process. This will help you gain an understanding of your own abilities and understanding.
Follow the orientation
Follow the orientation and induction program provided by OP and your teacher.
This orientation will describe your course requirements and explain the specific online tools and strategies you will need for the course. If your course is blended, you will learn what part of the course will be online.
Communicate with your facilitator
Facilitators in online courses usually employ a range of techniques aimed at engaging you. This might be something as simple and effective as posting initial discussion material and questions, then following up with personalised questions and online resources.
You will be asked for feedback about your learning experience during the course. Let them know which communication techniques work best for you so they can provide you with the best possible online learning experience.
There is a range of learning skills you’ll need to be successful in any kind of study. Take the time to upskill in these areas to help support your online learning.
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