So - how to learn online? What is involved in learning online or by distance education? Clearly it is different to how most of us learned at school. So to what extent will the skills we acquired and used there help us?
Clearly learning online is different to how most of us learned at primary and secondary school. So to what extent will the skills we acquired and used there help us? Probably not a lot. In fact, it is probably better to forget about how we did it at school altogether. Learning online is completely different and it is confusing to try to equate the two things.
When you're learning in a classroom setting, the teacher is always there to help you learn and to structure your learning. But when you're learning online, there is nobody actually physically present to help you with your online study. However, you are usually given a structure within which to learn and e-tutors to help you. But in the end it depends on you to be motivated and dedicated. Of course, this is true of any learning - only YOU can do it.
Your main tools for online study are a computer and the Internet. And if you are already using one of the social networking sites such as FaceBook, then you will probably have most of the basic skills.
You will need to be able to send an e-mail and use the Internet. You will also need to become familiar with posting messages to a discussion forum, so try doing that on some of the public forums first. Remember to observe the network etiquette (sometimes called "netiquette") outlined below.
You will probably be creating documents (e.g., in Microsoft Office or Open Office) and attaching them to e-mail messages or uploading them to an "assignment post box" in the learning management system used by your institution.
Click the image on the right to see a full size version of the "Successful College Student's Pyramid" (courtesy of Online Colleges).
Here are a few of the golden rules for Internet communication in the online learning setting:
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