There isn't a single set of characteristics that one
must possess to be a successful online learner. However, most agree that
it is important to :
Have a higher level of motivation and self-discipline than is
required in traditional face-to-face courses.
Have or be willing to develop computer skills.
Spend more time studying than in a traditional face-to-face
characteristics of successful online students
Must be self-directed and conscientious about completing
Students will not have someone there face-to-face to remind them
Students will need to be able to follow directions or be
willing to initiate communication with the instructor when they have a
Students may get less direct feedback and may need to monitor
their own progress more closely.
Have strong time management and organizational skills.
Be willing to use new technologies they have not tried before
Not be procrastinators
Be careful readers
who are precise about following written directions
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Perhaps you have wondered if you possess the characteristics
of a successful online
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about how you might become a more effective online learner.