EPD - Strategies for Online Learning Success

Online learning presents unique challenges, requiring more independence and self-discipline than face to face courses. Try these strategies to help you find success in your online course.

Prior to starting a course
  • Communicate and collaborate with your family and employer to gain support.
  • Create a comfortable workspace that helps you focus. 
  • Familiarize yourself with technology requirements, test tools, and make any needed updates.  Contact Tech Support for help.
  • Explore the online learning environment.
At the beginning of the course
  • Understand the requirements. Thoroughly read the syllabus to know what is expected.
  • Put all major due dates and milestones on your calendar.
  • Set goals and post them somewhere visible in your workspace. 
  • Create and commit to a consistent study schedule. 
Throughout the Course
  • Connect with your instructor and classmates. Try to make a meaningful connection with at least one other classmate.
  • Actively participate. Your input and participation are the key to your success. 
  • Ask questions. Use the preffered lines of communication.
  • Start assignments early, break them into smaller tasks, and allow plenty of time for completion.
In Discussion Forums
  • Be timely. Joining the conversation as its wrapping up limits your engagement.
  • Read what others have posted before making your contributions.
  • Think through ideas before responding. Focus on quality. 
  • Write consicely. Aim for 1-2 paragraphs at most.
  • Look for opportunities to make connections, ask probing questions, and challenge assumptions.
  • Welcome diverse opinions and be willing to change your mind after hearing others' thoughts.
  • Share news articles and other real-world examples that show application of your learning.
  • Use quotes and textual evidence from course readings to support your ideas.
  • Check back and respond to replies on your posts to keep the conversation flowing.
  • Use the subscription and/or notification features to help manage your time and attention. 

These strategies have been synthesized from the following resources:

Keywords:EPD "Online Learning" "Tips for Success"   Doc ID:45110
Owner:Amanda R.Group:Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
Created:2014-11-19 15:46 CDTUpdated:2016-08-22 17:27 CDT
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