A successful online learner must also be open to actively participate. Distant learning depends heavily on student participation. Students are often required to participate in class discussion and collaborate on group work. Sharing insightful and thoughtful opinions helps create engaging class discussions. Actively participating insures that you will get the most out of your online learning experience.
It is helpful to build a relationship with your instructor/facilitator. Do not be afraid to ask questions and seek support. They are there to assist you with your learning experience. Your instructor/facilitator can provide valuable feedback throughout the course. Make sure to utilize their talents/services to enhance your experience.
While it is important to seek support when needed, another characteristic of online learners is independence. It is important to be comfortable with working alone with limited support. It is important to learn the various resources that are available to you, and to be able to utilize them on your own. Successful online learners are confident in their capabilities. They are comfortable working independently as well as in groups.
Successful online learners have strong time management and organizational skills. They are self-motivated and willing to actively participate in class. They are able to work independently but know when to ask for help when needed. These attributes allow students to achieve great success in distant learning environments.
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