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Students who do well in online learning situations tend to be

  • Mature
  • Reflective
  • Engaged in the learning experience
  • Disciplined enough to complete assignments without teacher’s physical presence
  • Able to deal with technology problems efficiently
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work and learn independently
  • Able to work well in teams
  • Motivated to read, write and participate in online activities
  • Aware of personal strengths and weaknesses and thus able to develop realistic learning plans and clear learning objectives
  • Able to cope with anticipated barriers to learning
  • Aware of their personal learning preferences
  • Able to learn well from life and make use of personal intuition and experience
  • Able to learn well from mentors and to help others learn
  • Able to ask clarifying questions as needed
  • Able to interact effectively with the educational bureaucracy
  • Full time rather than part time

Additionally, students who do well in online learning situations tend to have

  • Clear academic and professional goals
  • Good academic skills, especially writing
  • All technology skills required to navigate course and complete assignments
  • Adequate time for study (able to devote at least 5 - 10 hours per week for each 3-credit course)
  • Good time management skills and established routine
  • Strong self regulatory skills
  • Preference for visual learning
  • The belief that they can learn from peers as well as or better than from the instructor










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