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How To Be A Successful Online Learner (eLearner). Bob Knipe Dean, Learning Technologies, GCC rgknipe@genesee.edu (585) 345 6969 Were glad youre here today!. How To Be A Successful Online Learner (eLearner). Our goals for the day Introductions. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • How To Be A Successful Online Learner(eLearner)

    Bob KnipeDean, Learning Technologies, GCC

    rgknipe@genesee.edu(585) 345 6969

    Were glad youre here today!

  • How To Be A Successful Online Learner(eLearner)Our goals for the day

    Introductions

  • How To Be A Successful Online Learner(eLearner)

    What are the major differences between online learning and conventional classroom learning?

  • Myths & RealitiesOnline courses are easier

  • Myths & RealitiesOnline courses are easier

    The evaluations, assignments, reading, discussion and overall academic rigor of online courses are the same.

    Or more.

  • Myths & RealitiesOnline courses are more flexible

  • Myths & RealitiesOnline courses are more flexible Online courses are asynchronous Work can be done anytime: better for working adults jugging jobs, families, etc.

  • Myths & RealitiesOnline courses are more flexible Online courses are asyncnronous

    But you still have to do the work!

  • I need to be a technical wizard

  • I need to be a technical wizard

    No, you dont.

  • I need to be a technical wizard

    No, you dont.

    But there are some basic needs.

  • I need to be a technical wizard.But there are some basic needs.

    Internet access from home.

    Broadband (dial-up will drive you nuts)

    Time and a quiet location w/o distractions to do your work.

  • Myths & RealitiesOrganization & time management skills are more important in an online course.

  • Myths & RealitiesOrganization & time management skills are more important in an online course.

    91% of successful students tell us online courses take as much or more timethan conventional courses.

  • Myths & RealitiesOrganization & time management skills are more important in an online course.

    91% of successful students tell us online courses take as much or more timethan conventional courses.

    If you dont have time for college,why did you register for an online course?

  • So its a matter of WHEN you do the work, not IF you do the work.

  • So its a matter of WHEN you do the work, not IF you do the work.

    Lets talk about the work.Myths & Realities

  • TIME AND TASKMANAGEMENT

  • Whats YOUR day look like?Job(s)?Kids?Classes?Cooking? Eating?Sleeping?Home responsibilities?Extended-family responsibilities?Social time?Personal time? (I need to be alone)Commuting?Church, volunteer activities?Military, community work?Exercise?What else eats up your day ??????

  • Myths & RealitiesNormal expectation for college work: 2 hrs out of class for every 1 hr in class

  • Myths & RealitiesNormal expectation for college work: 2 hrs out of class for every 1 hr in class 1 Cr. = 1 Hr. in class (3 hours total/week)3 Cr. = 3 Hrs. in class (9 hrs total/week)

  • Myths & RealitiesNormal expectation for college work: 2 hrs out of class for every 1 hr in class 1 Cr. = 1 Hr. in class (3 hours total/week)3 Cr. = 3 Hrs. in class (9 hrs total/week)

    So a 3-cr. online course will require at least 9 hours / week to be successful

  • Myths & RealitiesNormal expectation for college work: 2 hrs out of class for every 1 hr in class 1 Cr. = 1 Hr. in class (3 hours total/week)3 Cr. = 3 Hrs. in class (9 hrs total/week)

    If a 3-cr. online course requires at least 9 hours / week a full 15 credit load = 45 hours / week in order to be successful.

  • Myths & RealitiesNormal expectation for college work: 2 hrs out of class for every 1 hr in class 1 Cr. = 1 Hr. in class (3 hours total/week)3 Cr. = 3 Hrs. in class (9 hrs total/week)

    If a 3-cr. online course requires at least 9 hours / week a full 15 credit load = 45 hours / week in order to be successful.

    Thats a full-time job!

  • How can I DO all this?Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize

  • How can I DO all this?Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize

    Establish a schedule and stick to it.

  • How can I DO all this?Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize

    Establish a schedule and stick to it.

    Be honest with others in your life about what you need.

  • Myths & RealitiesId miss interacting with my instructor and classmates in an online course.

  • Myths & RealitiesId miss interacting with my instructor and classmates in an online course.

    Well designed online courses may include textbook readings, instructor messaging and emails, online resources, web links, weekly assignments, reaction papers, term projects, online discussions, group work, field trips, phone calls, online quizzes & exams, publisher-supplied materials, student presentations, reports on field research.

  • Myths & RealitiesId miss interacting with my instructor and classmates in an online course.

    Well designed online courses may include textbook readings, instructor messaging and emails, online resources, web links, weekly assignments, reaction papers, term projects, online discussions, group work, field trips, phone calls, online quizzes & exams, publisher-supplied materials, student presentations, reports on field research.

    Youll be plenty busy interacting with others!

  • Myths & Realities The top ten RISK FACTORS for NOT succeeding in an online course:

  • Myths & Realities The top ten RISK FACTORS for NOT succeeding in an online course:

    #10Learning Style

    #9Previous success with college workGPA, #credits earned, etc.

  • Myths & Realities The top ten RISK FACTORS for NOT succeeding in an online course:

    #8First-time eLearning StudentNot used to the rigors of college-level workMay need extra support to succeed

  • Myths & Realities The top ten RISK FACTORS for NOT succeeding in an online course:

    #7Technical FactorsLack of computer / internet skillsLack of broadband access at homeInadequate tech support

  • Myths & Realities The top ten RISK FACTORS for NOT succeeding in an online course:

    #6GenderSorry, guys!

    #5Age

  • Myths & Realities

  • Myths & Realities The top ten RISK FACTORS for NOT succeeding in an online course:

    #4Transitional Course Needs

    #3Engagement with the courseInadequate instructional design

  • Myths & Realities The top ten RISK FACTORS for NOT succeeding in an online course:

    #2Inappropriate advisingInaccurate or incomplete self-advisingUnrealistic expectations of online learningAssumption of passive learningOverextended studentTime management issues

  • Myths & Realities

    #1Time of registration!

  • Myths & Realities#1Time of registration!

  • Other advantages of eLearning

  • TeachingCenteredLearningCentered

  • Other tipsSet a schedule and keep to it.Dont procrastinateSolve techology and I dont get this issues NOW, not laterRead the syllabus. Pay close attention to directions, assigments & timelinesUse a weekly plannerFind alternative ways to the contact your instructor

  • To The StudentLearn your computer & software. Email your instructor or helpdesk if youre having problems (http://hd.genesee.edu) Keep in touch regularly (even if nothings immediately due) - login several times / weekOnline convenience doesnt mean less work

  • Success on ExamsPayday!

    An exam isnt a threat its your chance to show off!

  • Success on ExamsRemember the importance of active learning (hope isnt a factor)Pay attention to wording on instructor and publisher generated study guidesDevelop mock exams (whats s/he gonna ask?)Form study groupsTutoring is FREE at GCC! Use it early, not just before an exam

  • HelpGCC Online Resourceshttp://hd.genesee.eduhttp://www.genesee.edu/DLEmail Your instructor! (always first)online@genesee.edurgknipe@genesee.edu

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