Self Assessment: Learning Preferences

Successful online students tend to:

  • have good reading skills & and learn well from reading
  • learn well from things they hear such as lectures, audio recordings or podcasts
  • learn equally well in group settings or on their own
  • be comfortable when figuring things out themselves

Even if you feel good about your learning preferences, you may want to review these Active Reading and Problem Solving tutorials before starting an online course.

Frequent misconceptions regarding online learning

Myth: Students enrolled in online course often believe they do not have to read course material or have shortened the learning process by not attending class lectures required in a face-to-face course.

Reality: Reading all course material and completing all course assignments is critical to the learning process in an online course. This can be a large commitment for many students.

Myth: Students often think an instructor posts too much information and that it is not important to read everything.

Reality: In an online course, an instructor can only communicate with students by posting information. If students don’t read all instructor communication, they will likely miss something important.

Myth: Instructors will tell me exactly what I need to do.

Reality: When first entering an online course, students encounter multiple Web pages explaining the course organization, instructor’s expectations, and types of assignments they’ll be assigned. Instructors anticipate there will be questions regarding this information, but students must ask the questions. If they don’t ask, the instructor assumes they fully understand the course expectations.

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Dr. Paul Ramp, Director


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