Are you new to online learning?
Taking an online course is not nescessarily more difficult or easier than taking an on-campus course. However, the skills needed to succeed are different. This overiew provides some context for how online learning differs from face-to-face classroom learning.
By its very nature, online learning requires a great deal of independent work. In order to succeed, the online learner should:
- Be self-motivated
- Use time management effectively
- Read and write well
- Be willing to spend time with course work
- Work well with others on projects
- Complete assignments without the face-to-face help of the instructor
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Online learning also requires a basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. In order to succeed, the online learner should:
- Have basic computer skills
- Know how to use a web browser
- Use email and chat
Online Readiness Survey
If you have never taken an online course, and would like to see if you are likely to succeed, take the online readiness survey designed by the Florida Distance Learning Consortium. At lease you can get an idea of whether or not your learning habits are suitable for learning from a distance.