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What Makes You a Successful Online Student?

Be open minded about sharing life, work, and educational experiences as part of the learning process.
If you are an Introvert or an extrovert you find that the online process requires you to utilize your experiences. In addition, you are given time to reflect on the information before responding. Your online environment should be open and friendly.

Be able to communicate through writing.
In the Virtual Classroom, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that you feel comfortable in expressing yourself in writing.

Be Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
With the freedom and flexibility of the online environment comes responsibility. The online process takes a real commitment and discipline to keep up with the flow of the process.

Be willing to "speak up" if problems arise.
If you are experiencing difficulty on any level (either with the technology or with the course content), you must communicate this immediately. Otherwise the instructor will never know what is wrong.

Be willing and able to commit to 4 to 15 hours per week per class.
Online is not easier than the traditional educational process.

Be able to meet the minimum requirements for the program.
The requirements for online are no less than that of any other quality educational program. As a successful student you will view online as a convenient way to receive your education - not an easier way.

Accept critical thinking and decision making as part of the learning process.
The learning process requires the you to make decisions based on facts as well as experience.

Have access to a computer and a modem.
The communication medium is a computer, phone line, and modem; you must have access to the necessary equipment.

Be able to think ideas through before responding.
Meaningful and quality input into the virtual classroom is an essential part of your learning process. Time is given in the process to allow for the careful consideration of responses.

Feel that high quality learning can take place without going to a traditional classroom.
If you feel that a traditional classroom is a prerequisite to learning, you may be more comfortable in the traditional classroom. Online is not for everybody. If you want to be on a traditional campus attending a traditional classroom you are probably not going to be happy online.

An online student you may be expected to:

  • Participate in the virtual classroom 5-7 days a week.
  • Be able to work with others in completing projects.
  • Be able to use the technology properly.
  • Be able to complete assignments on time.

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