The following qualities are key to becoming a successful online learner at Wayne State College. The successful online learner:
Communicates well through writing.
Nearly all communication is done through writing, so students should feel confident in their writing abilities.
Is self-motivated and self-disciplined.
With online courses there is great flexibility in how and when you learn the content of a course. With that amount of flexibility, students must know how and when they learn best and commit to a routine that utilizes the best learning styles for them. Committing to a routine will take discipline and support not only from the student, but from family members and the instructor as well.
Employs critical thinking and decision making skills as part of the learning process.
As part of the learning process, students will have to use critical thought and analysis, drawing from course content and personal experiences, to make decisions and understand processes.
Is committed to 6 to 9 hours a week per 3 credit course and login often.
For a three-credit-hour course, students should spend a minimum of six to nine hours a week on course work. Some of the time will be spent online and other time will be spent reading, writing and problem solving offline. Actual study time will depend on the students’ prior background, training, experience, talents, type of text or exercise, etc. It is important for students to visit class often. Students may want to check daily to see if the instructor has put up a new announcement or if there is anything new in the discussion area.
Completes all work on time.
The pace of an online course is normally fast and requires commitment on the students’ part. Staying with the pace of the class and completing all assignments on time is critical to the students’ success. Once students fall behind, it is almost impossible to catch up.
Has reliable access to a computer and the internet.
In order for students to access the class and become proficient in the content, they must have access to the required technology to complete their course work.