Self Assessment: Self-directedness

Successful online students tend:

  • to be good at setting goals and deadlines for themselves.
  • to finish projects that they start.
  • not to quit just because things get difficult.
  • to be able to keep themselves on track and on time.
  • to have a good reason for taking an online course.

Even if you fit well with these characteristics, prior to starting an online course you may want to visit the Time Management resource page to improve your abilities.

Frequent misconceptions regarding online learning

Myth: Student often think that if they don’t have time for a face-to-face class, an online course would be a good alternative.

Reality: Not having enough time for a face-to-face class is not a good reason to take an online class. While online classes can offer you greater scheduling flexibility, they can be more demanding and require a greater commitment of your time. Extensive reading requirements and time management for assignment deadlines are required to succeed in an online class.

Myth: If I just remember to log into my online class, I’ll do OK.

Reality: In an online environment, students must assume a greater responsibility for their learning. They must communicate effectively and be organized, self-disciplined, and willing to ask for help and incorporate constructive feedback.

Myth: I’ll be all on my own to complete my online course.

Reality: Working independently is not the same thing as working alone. Online classes are not a lonely endeavor. On the contrary, through regular discussions and participation, students are immersed in a community of online learners.

Independent learning means students need to take the initiative to keep on track with their course readings, activities, discussion posts, assignments, and other course expectations. When they have questions or difficulties, they reach out to the instructor with plenty of time to spare.

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Dr. Paul Ramp, Director


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