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Want to be a good online student? Develop good habits and stick with them. Here are habits that lead to success in learning via the Internet:
In the traditional classroom, most students expect to be taught by a content expert who typically lectures for a good portion of the class. This content expert has come to be called the "sage on the stage" by those writing in the field of online education. The "sage on the stage" is the focus of the classroom attention with students striving to learn as much as possible from the instructor. If dialog takes place in the classroom, it is usually between the instructor and the student. Rarely is there dialog between one student and another.
In the online environment the learning process comes from within the learning community as students reflect upon the course material and share their thoughts with other students. The online instructor is often referred to as a facilitator or as a "guide on the side." The facilitator guides the flow of the class and enables the students to learn from each other in a collaborative manner.
People new to online learning will soon realize that there are differences in how learning takes place and differences in what the student's role is in the learning process. In a traditional classroom setting, a student may walk into class, sit in the back of the classroom, and offer very little in the way of contributions to the class. While that student may have listened and taken notes, the rest of the class and the professor have little awareness of how much that particular student has learned or how much he or she knows about the topic. Whatever that student has done to prepare for that day's class session may not be clearly evident to anyone else in the class. One reason is that the evaluation of the student will take place during the final examination, or through papers and assignments turned in to the professor.
In the online class, every student sits on the front row and actively participates in all aspects of the class. Online students must adequately prepare for the class in order to participate. Evaluation of the students' understanding of the material is based upon their daily involvement rather than on a single event such as a final examination or major research paper.
To be a successful online learner, the student must be actively and creatively engaged in the entire learning process. A great benefit of the online class is the amount of time available for student reflection and response. In a typical classroom setting, the instructor may pose a question to which an answer is expected immediately. In the online environment, a student may think about the question, research it, and reflect upon the best way to answer before sending his or her answer to the classroom. Students who tend to be more introverted find a new freedom in class participation in the online environment.
Successful online students are those who are self-disciplined and highly motivated to learn. Productive online students need the ability to work alone while also being able to demonstrate to others good thinking and reflection skills.
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