1. Textual materials presented on the Internet are the primary source of directions
and information for online courses; therefore, strong reading skills are very important for success in an online course.
You must be able to complete the following Internet tasks to be successful in an online course:
navigate the Internet.
use email, including attaching a file to an email message.
download a program from the Internet and install
do a search on the Web.
3. Online courses require frequent and diverse uses of technology for accessing
information and assignments; therefore, you need to be comfortable working with various types of technology to be successful
in an online course.
4. Online students sometimes neglect courses because of personal or professional circumstances,
unless they have specific and compelling reasons for taking the course. Procrastination is the most common pitfall in taking
an online course; don't let it happen to you!
5. Some students prefer the independence of online courses; others find
6. Online courses offer students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline
than on-campus courses.
7. Some people learn best by interacting with others. Online courses frequently donot provide
much opportunity for this interaction. The individual student must
take responsibility for regularly contacting other
students and the instructor.
8. Online courses require more self-direction since face-to-face instructions are sometimes
9. In online courses, instructors are not able to respond to questions immediately like they are in
10. Online courses require AT LEAST as much dedicated time by the student as on-campus courses.
Typically, successful students report spending more time - not less - than for a regularly scheduled class.