How to Succeed in an Online Course?
This tutorial is designed to help you prepare for taking an online course. It will help you improve your online learning strategies and familiarize yourself with the skills to succeed in an online learning environment.
Upon successful completion of all modules, you will be able to:
- Evaluate your readiness to take an online course
- Recognize effective learning habits and techniques
- Identify basic time management skills
- Recall the relationship between course participation and academic success
- Recognize the differences between traditional classroom and online courses
Dr. Bruce Tsuji, Department of Psychology
Haidee Thanda, Educational Development Centre
Introduction (2:13 minutes)
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1. Are You Ready to Take an Online Course?
This module will introduce you to the differences between distance learning and traditional learning. It will help you identify your academic responsibilities in your online course. In addition, this module will introduce you to different learning preferences so that you can develop a specific plan to adapt in your online course.
- Differentiate between distance and traditional courses
- Recognize the characteristics of successful online learners
- Link mentioned in the slides: http://www.careersandeducation.ca/online-education/5-myths-about-online-learning-debunked
- The self-assessment test mentioned in the slides: https://carletonpsych.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80yxVRcWtAiMQxD
2. Is Your Computer Ready for an Online Course?
This module will introduce you to essential computer skills so you can successfully participate in your online course. The goal of this module is to provide you with an overview of the technical challenges you may encounter while taking online courses.
- Recognize key components in an online course such as mail, news forum, chat, and BigBlueButton
- Identify poor quality internet connections to avoid when accessing your course
- Recognize the layout of your online course
3. Are You Struggling to Stay Motivated in the Course?
This module covers topics associated with procrastination and self-regulation. Success in the online learning environment requires students to be self-directed and self-motivated as well as to take the responsibilities to keep up with the coursework.
- Identify your motivations for taking an online course
- Define the relationships between a student's motivation and course outcomes
Emily Driscoll, Do You Have What it Takes to be an Online Student? January 04 2013, FOX Business
David Glenn,"Divided Attention," February 28, 2010, The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Travis Bradberry, "Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest," October 8, 2014, Forbes.
4. Are You Struggling with Time Management?
This module covers topics related to time management and course expectations. It describes how to allocate time in order to achieve greater productivity in your courses.
- Recognize the expectations in your course in terms of time commitment (participation, readings, assessments)
- Use reminders to manage your online course schedules
5. Want to Boost Your Learning Skills?
This module discusses two intimately connected ideas - online study habits, and memory. It introduces the idea of connecting with fellow students and making the most of online discussions to help you retain your learning. The goal of this module is to help you understand advanced learning strategies you can apply in any online course.
- Describe actions that help students develop online learning skills
- Identify strategies to improve your memory through better encoding such as SQ4R, mnemonics, and deep level processing
- How students develop online learning skills https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EQM07110.pdf
- 20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory: https://www.examtime.com/blog/study-hacks/
- SQ4R Studying: http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/get-assistance/studying/effective-studying/sq4r-studying
5. Want to Connect with Other Online Students?
This module introduces the importance of social processes in online learning. Social processes include one-on-one mentoring between student and instructor, one-to-many interactions with each other, and peer assistance. It also demonstrates ways to enhance collaboration through key active learning techniques.
- Identify the benefits of participating in your online community (forums, email, and question threads)
- Recognize the relationships between course participation and academic success
6. Want to boost your learning with mindfulness?
This module introduces mindfulness and presents key research in the field. It focuses on the cognitive benefits such as improved concentration, good memory, positive emotions and stress reduction.
- Describe the relationships among mindfulness, well-being, and performance
- Recognize key research on mindfulness such as stress, memory, and positive emotions
- Practice research-tested techniques such as the Relaxation Response to reduce anxiety
- Determine your readiness for taking online courses