Be Able to Communicate Through Writing The basis of communicating in online courses is writing. It is important for you as a student to be able to express yourself through writing. Make sure to use the proper writing skills that you use in traditional face-to-face courses. Formal writing is a must.
Be Self-Motivated and Self- Disciplined You are an independent learner in online courses. This means you are responsible for completing all coursework. Personal responsibility is a must! You must be in charge of your own learning. Take responsibility for one’s own learning mistakes or failures and learn from them. Complete assignments on time. Study for tests.
Speak up! If you need help, do not hesitate to contact your teacher or another student in the class. Check the syllabus for the teacher’s contact information and turnaround response time. If you contact a teacher and the response time has lapsed, re-contact the teacher. Keep emails and phone records as proof you asked for help. Be sure you know who to contact if the issue is technology. Do not forget about Bob Campus – the MBC help desk.
Discussion Board The discussion board replaces classroom discussion. Discussion boards are graded. It is important to participate early and often with meaningful posts and responses. Formal writing is necessary when participating in discussion boards.
Time Commitment Be willing to dedicate a substantial amount of time to completing coursework in an online class. Usually the participation time is double the amount you would spend in the classroom. Check the online course one to two times per day for discussion boards, announcements, assignments, or other changes the teacher has made to the course. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your coursework.
Netiquette Proper manners should always be used even when you are communicating online. Think through ideas before responding or submitting assignments. The Golden Rule applies. Treat others how you want to be treated.
Internet Accessibility 24/7 To be successful, you need to be able to do your coursework anyplace, anytime. Always plan ahead to make sure you have access to the Internet.
Good Luck!You will be a successful online student by following theprevious tips.
References “Personal responsibility for students.” Pleasant valley community school district. (n.d.) Retrieved from www.pleasval.k12.ia.us/studyskills/studentpersonalr esponsibility.htm “Pedagogy & learning: What makes a successful online student?” 25 March 2013. University of Illinois. Retrieved from www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/ StudentProfile.asp