Skills for Distance Learning Success

  1. Stay organized.  Keep a calendar of the assignments that are due each week. Make an outline of what you need to do to be able to accomplish these assignments. Utilize all resources that are posted by your online professors because little by little, the work adds up. 
  2. Make sure you have access and knowledge of all the programs required to do your assignments.
  3. Read your assignment details, due dates, and check into Laulima daily.
  4. Procrastination is not your friend. Taking online classes can be more time consuming than one may think, especially if you are not familiar with a subject.  Give yourself a sufficient amount of time to take tests and complete homework assignments.
  5. Be self disciplined.  You should not rely on your professors to remind you of the deadlines.
  6. Be self motivated. Make sure to set aside a certain amount of hours everyday to dedicate to solely to school work.  It may seem overwhelming looking at all the course work for the semester at once, so approach it day by day.  After a couple weeks of class, you should start to get into the groove of things.
  7. Maintain strong communication with your instructor.
  8. Communicate clearly and in a professional manner with both your instructor and classmates. Make sure to follow good netiquette.
  9. Set aside a quiet study space that will minimize your distractions.
  10. You need to be computer literate.  Being able to type quickly is not a requirement, but it is definitely helpful. Also, it is important that you understand the lesson without an instructor giving verbal instructions.
  11. Make sure you manage your time wisely.  There is no set class time for online classes.  If you fail to make time for your assignments, you will fall behind very quickly. Define your priorities and divide your time appropriately between courses, your job(s), personal life, etc.
  12. Be a strong problem solver.  For example:
    1. What if you have a family emergency?
    2. What is the electricity goes off?
    3. What if your computer crashes?
    4. What if you lose your USB flash drive or other external storage device?
  13. You must be able to take notes on a lot of chapters and be able to take the quizzes/exams…..and pass them!
  14. If you are having trouble, make time to meet with a tutor at the LRC or a professor during office hours.
  15. Responsibility, organization. It is easy to forget about the online class or put it on the back burner because it is online compared to a classroom class.
  16. The biggest skill you need is the ability to self-start.  It’s so easy to put things off, and you have to be able to make yourself do what needs to be done.  Some people would say you need to be organized, and I think that’s true, to an extent, but even a somewhat disorganized person can succeed online if they will just make themselves do it.  
  17. Good study habits
  18. You need to understand that there still are due dates for online classes. Make sure that you keep track of those due dates because there will not be anyone there to remind you. If you keep track of everything that is due and do not procrastinate, online classes are extremely great for you.
  19. Be able to use Laulima, word, google docs, email, etc.
  20. You will need decent computer skills because everything is done online. Many people do not think about this but you also should be able to adequately comprehend what you read. Communication is key.
  21. Excellent reading comprehension and a fast learner.
  22. -teamwork for group assignments
  23. You need to know when to be serious, you also need to be observant and read carefully every instruction and aspect of a webpage.
  24. Microsoft word, internet service, adobe, firewall which works best with the Laulima system. spell check would help and basic computer knowledge skills like copying and pasting, sending and replying to emails and attachments. Going over the introduction in Laulima if you are a first time user.
  25. It helps if you have some knowledge of using a computer otherwise the Professor always gives you instructions on how to do a certain project through the computer and will help when you get confused or stuck trying to submit an assignment.  Check the laulima site diligently and your email everyday (if you remember, don’t wait till 10 pm Sunday night) if you want to be on track with the course.  Read the material that assigned and when writing essays, etc… write them in word document and save it then copy it to the text boxes wherever they need to be submitted.  
  26. The skills that are needed to succeed are focusing and responsibility. Most of the online work is in the comfort of one’s own home and it is easy to be distracted. Time management and responsibility is needed because time is obviously needed to get things done and sometimes it’s a natural habit to put things off.
  27. Self discipline, you will have to do reading and work by yourself.
  28. Basic familiarity with computers and the ability to follow instructions concerning software and web applications. Reading comprehension. Willingness and ability to communicate effectively via email.
  29. make sure you check you email everyday and laulima for any posted assignments. Just make sure you keep up with your online class.
  30. I think you need exceptional dedication to learning to succeed with online classes.  Managing time for research and studying because everything is done on the computer plus reading the textbook to understand the material.  The more time you commit the more prepared you will be.
  31. To succeed in an online course, you must have time management skills and be self-motivated.
  32. You must have the determination and the patients with all your assignments.  You are responsible for your own achievements and success.  There will be a lot of research, reading, and writing.  Must be consistent and check your class everyday.
  33. One must be very vigilant checking assignments, announcements and the syllabus of the course to know what is needed to do and study.
  34. Basic computer and software skills. Knowing how to navigate through the website and saving/downloading files.
  35. I feel that the skills that are most required to succeed in an online class is to have good time-management, balance, and being able to do what I like to call  “cold turkey” any distractions that you may cause for yourself (example: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc..)
  36. You must be highly motivated and stay on schedule, if not ahead of the schedule. Time flies by quickly and next thing you know, something is due and you have hours of reading to do, lectures to watch, and assignments to complete. You have to be a quick learner, someone who can truly learn from a textbook rather than a professor explaining the concepts to you. Do your work early, do your best to communicate well, and online courses will be a breeze!
  37. You will need to persevere or complete all assignments before their deadlines; discipline yourself to work on the online assignments either a little bit every day, or specified days you can and will commit to; and lastly, advocate for yourself if you need clarification.
  38. I feel like some of the skills that are needed to succeed in an online classroom are first off responsibility, time management, not procrastinating, hard worker, and being involved.
  39. Computer, internet skills,  word.  outlook,  excel,  access,  PowerPoint
  40. Consistently checking my emails, online discussions, any announcements, and being sure what days the exams I am required to take are available. Making sure that I log in the hours needed per week for each course.
  41. I have to be consistent and diligent on going online to keep track of postings from the Professor and deadlines for assignments.
  42. You have to have a thorough understanding of what is being asked of you.  Professors often provide a syllabus that you should give you an idea of what they expect from you.  In turn, you can email back or schedule an office visit if you have questions.  Be proactive with your studies and don’t procrastinate.  Set a schedule for conquering each task and allow time for “oh crap” situations and their make-ups.  
  43. You need to be proactive, resourceful, disciplined, and take accountability for your own success.
  44. To be an online student, one must be a self-directed learner and be able to keep up with the assignments.
  45. You must have patience with your professors and peers. You will benefit, if you are a good communicator.  
  46. Being able to work by yourself is important.
  47. “The skills you must have to succeed in the online class is as follows:
      1. Personal Accountability –
        1. Meaning they need to keep up on deadlines for homework, projects, and Exam due dates.
        2. If there is a question or problem that arises whether personal, glitches on Laulima, or subject specific, the student must contact their teacher as soon as possible through email or whatever source the instructor informs the student in their syllabus so the instructor knows there is a problem and they can help you navigate through it.
      2. Great Study Habits
  48. Proactively seek clarification.  If something about the course or the material is not clear, don’t wait for your instructor to make it clear.  Especially in an online environment, instructors have fewer cues to alert them to your confusion.  They cannot see your puzzled expression of hear you ask, “What?”  When you are unclear about an aspect of the course ask your instructor.  Use very specific questions, seeking exactly what something means, what you will be expected to produce, etc.  If an instructor does not hear from students, he/she may well conclude that students are grasping the material and do not need further assistance.  If something is unclear to you, it may very well be unclear to the rest of the students in the class.  Your questions may help others in the learning process as well.  So ask, early and as often as necessary.
  49. Become an “active learner”.  In a traditional classroom, you may have sat through lectures or presentations, took some notes and waited to understand what the instructor thinks about the subject.  This passive reception of information does not work well in an online environment.  The subject matter will likely be presented to you in many different media, including text, still images and visuals, audio, video, and live or off-line conversations that use text of audio.  you will need to become more actively involved with these materials, pulling them together in a way that makes sense to you.  To be successful in this environment, actively seek ways you can best understand the course material.  Read, listen to, and watch the course materials more than once.  Take notes as you do so.  Interact with your instructor and classmates.  Become involved in discussing and defining course topics.  By creating your own definitions and models to represent the topic, or working with others to create shared definitions and models, you take ownership in the final product which can help you in understanding and internalizing the subject.  Do not simply accept and memorize.  Question everything, particularly if it doesn’t make sense or seem to fit with what you already know.  Critically evaluate the information you receive.  Everyone stands to benefit from your active learning, including the instructor and your peers as well as you.
  50. Develop self-discipline.  This may seem fairly obvious, but without self-discipline, you cannot be a successful online learner.  In face-to-face classes, you have an instructor and peers with whom you interact on a regular basis.  You also typically meet at a certain time and place each week.  This interaction and schedule help to keep you on task in your coursework.  In an online learning environment, especially if you do not meet at specific times, it’s much easier to put off assignments, discussion, and responsibilities.  In this context, self-discipline means motivating yourself to pay regular and consistent attention to the work that needs to be done, and doing it without delay or procrastination.  Even more than in a face-to-face course, falling behind in an online class can jeopardize your likelihood of completing the course and earning credit.
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