to Approach Online Reading
an online class will become easier if you follow these suggestions:
the syllabus, the course introduction, and each unit with its respective
assignments and file this information in a 3-ring notebook just as you
would for a traditional course. This will save time because the materials
are available for easy reference.
- In addition
to your time in class, plan on spending a minimum of 5-8 hours
per week on your assigned online reading, thinking, and responding activities.
with your classmates as much as possible to form social connections
and to serve as a major source of your learning.
- When you
spend a lot of time at the computer, be sure to take frequent short
breaks. The material is highly vision intensive. To relieve eyestrain,
look away from the screen, close your eyes, or focus on something else
across the room.
or maximize the window so it fills the entire screen. This will make
reading easier. Also, make the print larger so you are not hunched over
the computer or straining to see whats on the screen.
|How to Read
Online Assignments and Web-linked Materials
with a positive attitude and plan to be successful.
- Read through
the syllabus, the course introduction, and the assignment directions
several times. If you have questions, e-mail your instructor immediately.
any guidelines you have been given, such as Read this in preparation
for this weeks posts or Read to see how this compares
with how you handle this situation."
- Read the
discussion board topics before you read the assigned material. What
are you supposed to answer? How are you to write your response? What
should you look for as you read?
- Look over
the organization of the assigned material. Read the headings, subheadings,
bold print, and the introductory and concluding paragraphs. How will
the organization help you find the information you need? Can you identify
the major focus of the reading?
- Keep the
assignment questions and tasks in mind.
- Read from
heading to heading. When you finish a section, stop and summarize what
you know. If you cant say it or write it then the information
may not be understood or it has not been stored in memory. Go back and
reread the section and try this again.
- Some Internet
materials are extremely long. To take notes, open up a word processing
document and cut and paste relevant information into your Notes
document. Be sure to copy into your notes the web citation information
or print the first page of the web material so you have the source to
refer to when documentation is needed.
ideas in your own words. Think about what the author has said and how
it relates to your personal experiences.
- Ask yourself
questions. Do you agree with the author? with what a classmate has stated
in a discussion board post? with a comment made by your instructor?
Why? What evidence supports your position?
what you are reading with what you know. How does new information fit
with what you have learned or your past experience?
- If you
dont understand what you have read, find a way to get back on
-Are unfamiliar words confusing you?
-Did you read the introduction and conclusion first?
-Does the next sentence, paragraph, or section help?
-Did you post a question asking for clarification on the discussion
board or ask your e-buddy for input?
to the discussion board posts. Read each one carefully and follow directions.
Be thoughtful, clear, and complete in your answers.
that everyone reads your posts. The image you present through what you
say and how you say it is visible to all.
- To keep
a record of your posts, write them first in a word processing program,
use the spell check, and proofread. Then copy and paste your responses
to the discussion board.
thoughts you have organized, questions you have answered, materials
you have read, and discussion board posts from your classmates.
your best learning strategies to store new information in long-term
memory. Review until you are comfortable that the essential information
is part of your knowledge bank.
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