COLL 100 Outline: Strategies for Success in Online Learning

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1. Introduction

1.1. Online college courses take an immense amount of effort and dedication. Though it is convenient to have the flexibility of online classes, and the ability to study from anywhere, online learning is anything but easy. If fact a student must work harder because he does not have face-to-face interactions with other students and professors.

1.2. He must find a good place to study outside of a university environment, which is full of classrooms, libraries, coffee shops, etc.

1.3. An online student likely has a job, spouse, children, pets--all of which he must shape his education around.

1.4. The most important strategies for success are focus, time management, and developing a relationship with classmates and teachers.

2. Build Bridges

2.1. It is easy to feel isolated while taking an online class. A student may feel overwhelmed with the work, and because he has not met his teacher, he might feel hesitant to reach out with questions or problems.

2.2. With online classes, a student cannot meet his classmates. He cannot engage them in stimulating debates or have friendly competitions for who got the highest grade.

2.3. Forums are common in online classes, and are meant to replace the social aspect of classrooms. Students should take advantage of these forums and get to know classmates. Students could even bond over how difficult online classes really are!

2.4. An online student must work that much harder to make an online class feel like an in-person class.

2.5. The same is true with teachers. Students must email, or chat to make that connection.

2.6. Students should always ask questions to make sure they understand a topic, and also to get a conversation going. A teacher who knows and understands a student will feel a stronger connection to him.

3. Time Management

3.1. Life is busy, and schoolwork probably is not how most people want to spend their time.

3.2. To succeed, a student must make time, and balance work projects, family affairs, hobbies, friends, and fun.

3.3. An online student must allow time to do it right. This includes enough time to: Thoroughly examine resources Make outlines, rough drafts, and final drafts Proofread, or have someone with a good eye check for errors

3.3.1. Research and cite everything correctly. Students do not want to turn in a project after days of work, only to be marked down for careless mistakes or mistypes.

3.3.2. Read over work before turning it in.

3.4. Make charts, schedules, to-do lists...

3.5. Use a calendar to keep track of assignment due dates.

4. Focus

4.1. An online student must remove himself from distractions. If he cannot focus, he cannot work.

4.1.1. Project specifications

4.1.2. End User requirements

4.1.3. Action points sign-off

4.2. Students should find places to study such as a: Quiet room at home Local library Coffee shop Park

4.3. Video on focus

4.4. Motivated students are more likely to keep their focus, so it is important to keep that end goal in mind, whether he is working on his degree for a better career or just because he loves to learn.

5. Conclusion

5.1. There are many challenges and difficulties involved with online learning, but by staying focused, managing time, and getting involved with teachers, a student has a higher chance of success.

6. References:

6.1. Time Management: "Turning school into a daily activity makes it less overwhelming, and it prevents students from getting caught off guard by syllabus changes." (Tamara Popovich, associate director of student services at ASU Online)

6.2. Relationships with Classmates: You are not the only one who feels some sense of isolation.

6.3. Focus: Online classes can be a real chore, so break up your study session to ensure that you’re not burning yourself out.

6.4. Strategies for Successful E-Learning

6.5. Keep Up with Work When they...fall behind, a sense of isolation can prevent them from reaching out for help. After falling behind in an online class, using an academic calendar to get organized is a great way to get back on track

6.6. Do not Plagiarize!

6.7. Learning or Cheating? Problems with Online Learning

6.8. Lehman, R. Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-based Strategies that Work. Jossey-Bass. 2013.