Online learning is different. Take a look at the resources below to assess your readiness and get the tips you need to be a successful online learner.
The convenience of online courses is attractive, but can you be successful?
If you are an independent learner, self-motivated and interested in accelerating your course of study, online learning may be appropriate for you. Since the coursework can be completed any time of the day or night, it is ideal for those who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes. However, if you cannot set and maintain a schedule which allows you to keep up with your coursework and assignments, it is likely you will not complete your online course.
The following interactive self-assessment may help you decide if online learning is a good fit with your learning style, schedule, and technology skills.
The faculty and staff at Michigan's community colleges want all students to be successful in their online courses, but we know it often takes new skills to work and learn in the online environment. To assist you in becoming an effective online learner, short orientation lessons are provided to assist in developing such skills.
Taking courses online requires all the skills necessary to be successful in traditional college courses, plus students need the self-motivation and discipline to be independent learners. Research shows that successful online students are good readers, good organizers and have good time management skills. To help you get started, review your individual time management skills & set up a time management plan for yourself.
The first step to managing your time and controlling your life is to identify what your goals and priorities are. You need to decide what you want out of school and what you must do to get it. Is getting an education high on your priority list? How about your current job, your family? What is most important to you?
For a week, keep a detailed log of everything you do. Account for all activities: class attendance, study, work, eating, commuting, recreation, exercise, sleep, etc. Also note when you do these activities. Try to determine how much time each week you spend:
If you found some time blocks that are not in line with what you want to be doing to reach your goals, you can begin to systematically change your life by taking control of your time.
Start by building a realistic time schedule or time budget that gives time to the activities that fit with your priorities and will help you reach your goals. If learning and getting good grades are high on your priority list, then you will have to budget time for attending classes regularly, for preparing, studying, and reviewing, plus additional time for papers, reports and other special assignments.
Interested in what an online class is like? For students unfamiliar with how an online course works, the MCO has arranged with Macomb Community College (one of our member colleges) for access to a sample course.
Click on the "Try a Sample Online Course" link below to log in.