Saturday, March 31, 2007

How Students Develop Online Learning Skills

Interesting article in a current issue of EduCause about online learning. No great surprises in the practical steps!!

Roper, Alan R. How Students Develop Online Learning Skills, EDUCAUSE Quarterly 30(1)(2007)

''Successful online students share their secrets for getting the most from online classes, focusing on time management, active participation, and practice''

Students that are successful in online courses identified 7 practical steps / practices that helped them (based on survey responses)

  1. Develop a time-management strategy.

  2. Make the most of online discussions.

  3. Use it or lose it. Apply the concepts

  4. Make questions useful to your learning. Dig and research deeper into the subject.

  5. Stay motivated. Personal goal setting is the key!

  6. Communicate the instruction techniques that work.

  7. Make connections with fellow students.