Virtual Learner Profile

 How do I know I will be a successful online learner?

Please note learning virtually through the computer is a very different experience than what you have in a classroom.  To be successful in online learning requires a different set of skills and abilities.  Online learning also requires considerable self-discipline.  
Please critique your skills, abilities, and motivation for seeking out online learning. The following are a collection of characteristics that will help you to determine if you share similar traits of successful online learners.

Are you:

  • Good at typing/keyboarding?
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined?
  • Aware that online education is time consuming?
  • Aware that online learning gets easier after you get used to it?
  • Able to "see the big picture" and breakdown your work accordingly?

Can you:

  • Work from written directions?
  • Communicate well through writing?
  • Think ideas through before you write/respond?
  • Learn without the face-to-face interactions found in traditional classrooms?
  • Accept critical thinking and decision making as part of the learning process?

Do you:

  • Complete assignments on time?
  • Set goals and take responsibility
  • Have a learning style that is conducive to online learning
  • Know your technical skills and technical limitations.

Will you:

  • Participate regularly?
  • Apply what you learn?
  • Log on to your course every day?
  • Set aside a workspace to aid in studying.
  • Reach out to teachers immediately when having a problem?
  • Print up lectures and reading materials when necessary?
  • Have patience and backup plans in case of technical difficulties?