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Are you ready for Distance Education courses?

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Characteristics of successful distance learners:

  • Self-disciplined
  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Rarely procrastinate
  • Comfortable and competent with technology
  • Flexible when technology problems arise
  • Seeks to find answers on their own
  • Willing to speak up when they can't find answers
  • Good reading comprehension skills
  • Able to learn well from written material
  • Can learn without the social elements of a traditional classroom
  • Participates in course orientation activities such as classmate introductions and discussion forums
  • Can work independently and with others to complete projects on time
  • Communicates well through writing
  • Resists constant distractions

Technical Abilities and Needs:

  • Send and receive e-mail with attached files
  • Easily navigate the Internet
  • Maintain anti-virus software on your computer
  • Create documents using work processing software (MS Word/Works etc.)
  • Have access to an Internet connection
  • Download and install programs and "plug-ins"

Tips for Your Success:

  • Read your syllabus for every course
  • Pay attention to deadlines
  • Communicate with your instructor
  • Begin course assignments within the first week of the semester/course start date
  • Log into your course 3-5 days a week
  • Develop a time-management strategy
    • Pick days, times, locations where you can complete your assignments with little or no distractions
  • Designate a space for your course work and only your course work