Once you've completed the self-assessment, you may have some idea as to how your skills match with online learning expectations. Whether your responses indicated that you are the ideal candidate, or the survey indicated that you might not be quite ready, there are many things that you can control to improve your ability to succeed as an online learner. Next, let's address those essential skills and consider suggestions and strategies to prepare for success!
Some general considerations:
The ability to be self-directed in your learning.
Have you planned enough time? Consider this: The rule of thumb for class time and homework is the same for both in-seat and online classes. You should expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours additional for each hour of class time. Therefore,
in a 3-credit hour course you should expect to spend at least 9 hours per week to complete the readings, assignments and participate in class discussion.
How do you spend your time?
We all have the same time available to us: 24 hours in a day, and 168 hours in a week.
Use this tool to find out and review the additional helpful strategies.
Use this interactive tool to determine if your planned schedule will work for you.
Note that procrastination is an online learner's enemy! Once you fall behind in an online course, catching up can be very difficult. Make sure that you plan your time wisely.
A couple of suggestions:
(1) Bozarth, J., Chapman, D.D., & LaMonica, L. (2004) Preparing for Distance Learning: Designing an Online Student Orientation Course. Educational Technology & Society, 7 (1), 87-106.