Student Success Guide
for Online Learners
Course Instructor
Susan Tolbert, MS
Overview
• Keys to student success
• The role of the student and the teacher
• Information on student orientation
• An Int...
Keys to Success as an Online Learner
• Self-motivated (does not need a lot of direction, motivation from the
instructor.
•...
Tips for Success
• Please Watch the Following Video
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7KFFj8VFs0
Student Expectations
• What is expected of me as an online student?
• Turn homework in on time
• Participate in class disc...
Student Expectations
• Have at least 10-20 hours per week available to devote to each course.
• Be able to apply basic com...
Instructor’s Role
• Provide clear guidelines and course criteria for participation
• Provide criteria for student assessme...
Student Orientation
• Orientation to Online Learning is designed for students that are new to
online learning. This orient...
Student Orientation
• Module 1-Introduction
• Module 2-Getting Started
• Module 3-Learning Management System
• Module 4-On...
Module 1-Introduction
Dear Student,
• Welcome to online learning and thank you for enrolling into an online
course with ou...
Module 2-Getting Started
• Getting Ready for Online Learning
• Five key readiness tips for taking an online course.
Getting Started
• GET ORIENTED - Be sure to take advantage of the Blackboard
Orientation Course
• KNOW YOUR PC - Be an exp...
Getting Started
• LOGIN DAILY - Start out strong and be sure to login on the semester
start date. It's helpful to have a r...
Self Discipline
• BE SELF-DISCIPLINED & ENGAGED - Be sure to manage and prioritize
your time well, be active, study hard, ...
Believe & Ask for Help
• Believe you can do it! Have confidence in yourself, your academic
ability, and expect to be succe...
Set Appropriate Expectations
Online and hybrid courses will require at least the same amount of time
as the on-campus equi...
Module 3-Learning Management System
Blackboard is the online system that is used to delivery online learning
courses at th...
Module 4-Online Learning Tips
There are 3 key steps to success in online learning:
• STEP 1: Before the Class Begins - Be ...
Resources
• The following resources are available once you complete your orientation.
• Library
• Writing Center
• Booksto...
Contact Information
Please feel free to contact me at any time via
your campus email or blackboard discussion
board.
I am ...
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  1. 1. Student Success Guide for Online Learners Course Instructor Susan Tolbert, MS
  2. 2. Overview • Keys to student success • The role of the student and the teacher • Information on student orientation • An Introduction to the program or class • Online resources Grow Technology Give Resources Distance Teach Learn Explore
  3. 3. Keys to Success as an Online Learner • Self-motivated (does not need a lot of direction, motivation from the instructor. • Self-disciplined (can budget time wisely and does not procrastinate often) • Enjoys the challenge of learning on her/his own (likes to read and learn) • Takes charge of her/his own learning (willing to ask questions and seek help when necessary) • Good communication and writing skills. • May need a flexible schedule but understands that flexibility does NOT mean the course will be easy.
  4. 4. Tips for Success • Please Watch the Following Video • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7KFFj8VFs0
  5. 5. Student Expectations • What is expected of me as an online student? • Turn homework in on time • Participate in class discussions, since active online discussion will keep you involved and engaged with your fellow learners, much like phone calls and text messaging keeps you connected to your friends and family. • Have easy access to the Internet (preferably high-speed access); have a backup location for accessing the Internet if your home or work Internet connection is not available when you need to access the course or turn in assignments.
  6. 6. Student Expectations • Have at least 10-20 hours per week available to devote to each course. • Be able to apply basic computer skills such as MS Office, internet navigation, downloading and uploading files to complete assignments, and participate in online activities; recruit a friend or colleague with more computer skills than you have to help you troubleshoot in a pinch. • Be self-disciplined about managing time, since there is no peer pressure or regular class schedule to keep you on task.
  7. 7. Instructor’s Role • Provide clear guidelines and course criteria for participation • Provide criteria for student assessment • Provide constant support for students and ensure that assistance is available if required • Intervene in discussion if dialogue between students stalls or goes off track • Be flexible to accommodate unforeseen problems and issues
  8. 8. Student Orientation • Orientation to Online Learning is designed for students that are new to online learning. This orientation will help you become acquainted with online learning and what you need to know to be successful at it. Orientation to Online Learning consists of four learning modules. It is recommend you take each module in the order they are introduced.
  9. 9. Student Orientation • Module 1-Introduction • Module 2-Getting Started • Module 3-Learning Management System • Module 4-Online Learning Tips
  10. 10. Module 1-Introduction Dear Student, • Welcome to online learning and thank you for enrolling into an online course with our University. • As you may already know, online courses provide amazing flexibility in allowing you to continue your education without traveling to campus several times per week. This can save you time, travel costs, and fit nicely into your already busy life! It is important to note, however, that these courses follow the semester schedule, have weekly assignment deadlines, require regular participation in discussion boards, and are as rigorous as on-campus courses. • It will be very helpful for you to be self-motivated and disciplined to ensure that your assignments and course requirements are completed on time.
  11. 11. Module 2-Getting Started • Getting Ready for Online Learning • Five key readiness tips for taking an online course.
  12. 12. Getting Started • GET ORIENTED - Be sure to take advantage of the Blackboard Orientation Course • KNOW YOUR PC - Be an experienced computer user! Know how to: use your computer, download and upload files, navigate and open multiple tabs in your browser, and troubleshoot general issues. It's also important to have reliable and high speed Internet access. • READ - Be sure to read all course information, syllabi, instructions, contact information, and schedule information. Follow the instructions in the syllabus to stay current and to ensure assignments and participation requirements are submitted before the due date.
  13. 13. Getting Started • LOGIN DAILY - Start out strong and be sure to login on the semester start date. It's helpful to have a regular study routine that includes logging into Blackboard daily. This will prevent you from getting behind quickly as most online courses require your regular participation in discussion boards. You should also check your campus email daily. Email is used by online professors to communicate important deadlines and information.
  14. 14. Self Discipline • BE SELF-DISCIPLINED & ENGAGED - Be sure to manage and prioritize your time well, be active, study hard, participate in online discussions, stay organized, submit assignments on time, don't procrastinate, keep a calendar or a checklist to be sure you are on task, etc. Self-motivation is also important so that you can remember to login frequently to participate and to engage in learning. The key is to have a dedicated time set aside for your course work and to minimize obstacles that hinder you from studying and participating.
  15. 15. Believe & Ask for Help • Believe you can do it! Have confidence in yourself, your academic ability, and expect to be successful! Be aware of where you need to improve and don't get behind. Your faculty member is the first person to contact if you have any questions related to the content of your course. If you are confused or cannot find something in your online course, contact your instructor. If you are unable to login, have technical issues submitting an assignment or quiz, contact the IT Customer Support help desk immediately. Additionally, several tutorial labs offer online tutoring that enables you to chat with live on Blackboard IM with a tutor.
  16. 16. Set Appropriate Expectations Online and hybrid courses will require at least the same amount of time as the on-campus equivalent. If you spend 3 hours in lecture per week and six hours studying per week for a 3 credit course on-campus, then you will likely spend 3 hours online and an additional six hours studying per week for a 3 credit online course. It is also important to remember that you do not get instantaneous feedback in online courses like you do in a face-to-face course. Your faculty member should communicate with you their turn around time for emails and grading assignments.
  17. 17. Module 3-Learning Management System Blackboard is the online system that is used to delivery online learning courses at this University. If you are new to online learning and to Blackboard, we recommend completing the "Basics of Blackboard" session. Please review the following online link to become familiar with the Blackboard system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ1LXvrKUzc
  18. 18. Module 4-Online Learning Tips There are 3 key steps to success in online learning: • STEP 1: Before the Class Begins - Be sure to review the readiness tips, login and learn how to use Blackboard, and access your campus student email. • STEP 2: The First Week of Class - Make sure that you login on the first day of class, become oriented to the course, and read the entire syllabus. • STEP 3: During the Semester - Be sure to login daily, interact in discussion board forums as required, keep a schedule and planner, and submit assignments or assessments on time.
  19. 19. Resources • The following resources are available once you complete your orientation. • Library • Writing Center • Bookstore • Time Management Resources • Financial Services • Student Support Services
  20. 20. Contact Information Please feel free to contact me at any time via your campus email or blackboard discussion board. I am also available to speak with you through Skype or the phone if you book an appointment. I look forward to spending time with you on this new an exciting journey of online learning Susan Tolbert, MS

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