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In order to succeed as an online student, taking responsibility for one’s own learning is important. Self-directed learning describes your ability to take initiative to define your learning needs, formulate your learning goals, and identify resources for your learning style. Being motivated to meet deadlines and complete tasks can increase your likelihood of success in the world of eLearning. Consider your ability to be a self-directed learner and answer the following questions:
I am good at setting goals and deadlines for myself.
Taking an online course or program will allow greater flexibility to meet my personal and/or professional obligations.
I finish the projects I start.
I do not quit just because things get difficult.
I can keep myself on track and on time.
Please Complete all the questions in order to move on
Everyone learns differently. Are you someone who benefits from hands-on instructions? Do you learn better in a larger group with other classmates? Are you an auditory or visual learner? Perhaps, the ability to plan when and where your learning will take place is important to you? Knowing whether you would benefit from a more traditional classroom setting on a campus or from the anytime, anywhere environment of online learning is an important factor to consider. Reflect on your learning preferences, and answer the following questions:
I learn fairly quickly.
I can learn from things I see and hear, such as listening to audio recordings and/or watching video lectures.
I have to read something to learn it best.
I have developed good ways to solve problems I run into.
I can learn well on my own with little direction from others.
I can work well with others in a team environment.
I am comfortable routinely communicating with others in a digital environment.
Online learning is often referred to as “asynchronous” learning, which is a term that describes forms of education, instruction, and learning that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. As a result, online students can study in all sorts of places and in many different ways. Having a system to meet deadlines, a strategy to keep track of important dates, or a way to minimize distraction is essential to success. Consider your study habits, and answer the following questions:
I usually study in a place where I can read and work on assignments without distractions.
Considering my personal and professional obligations, I can commit a minimum of 6 hours per week to each online course.
I am willing to put the same level of commitment to an online course as I would to an in-person course.
I can keep track of requirements and expectations.
I am able to plan in advance in order to meet deadlines.
I am comfortable asking questions and providing answers to both classmates and instructors electronically.
It’s no secret that learning online involves the use of technology. While you don’t have to be “tech-savvy” to be successful, learning online does require you to be willing to learn in a digital environment. Your comfort and familiarity with basic computer and internet use can play an important role in your success as an online learner. Reflect on your current technology skills, and answer the following questions:
I am fairly good at using a computer
I am comfortable using the Internet.
I am comfortable conducting searches, setting bookmarks, and downloading files.
I am comfortable installing software and changing configuration settings on my computer.
I know of a support person/group who can help me if I have computer problems.
I am comfortable composing and submitting assignments digitally.
Computer technology changes so quickly, and the tools needed to study online can often be affected. While most online courses require a common and readily available set of tools pre-installed on most computers you can purchase today, it is important to make sure your own equipment meets basic requirements. Of course, frequent and reliable access to the internet is also necessary for successful online learning. Consider your current equipment access, and answer the following questions:
My device runs reliably on a Windows or Mac OS.
I have access to a printer.
I am connected to the Internet with a fairly fast, reliable connection such as DSL or cable modem.
I have virus protection software running on my computer.
I have access to headphones or speakers, and a microphone.
My web browser will play several multimedia formats (video and audio).
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