What Makes a Good e-Learning Student

The e-Learner

In any e-Learning program, the capacity for self-directed learning is crucial.
Students should check the class website at least once per day during the week. Checking in on the weekend is a good idea too. e-Learning courses require a lot of independent study and may not be suitable for all students.

e-Learning students must take responsibility for their own learning.
While the professor and fellow students can provide some support, the student is expected to provide the internal motivation to manage their own learning during the course of study. The student is expected to take responsibility for contacting the professor with any questions.

e-Learning students should score higher than the lowest qualifying scores for English and Mathematics courses.
If your score on placement tests not five points or more above the qualifying minimum for transfer classes you may have trouble in the e-Learning course equivalent.

e-Learning courses are very focused.
If you need extra help learning the material you may have to get the information on your own or ask the professor for assistance. e-Learning courses tend to be harder than or require more time than traditional courses.

Successful e-Learning students are generally highly motivated, self-starting people.
The greatest advantage stated by people taking an e-Learning course is that it allows them to manage their own time to meet the needs of the class.

Required Skills

To be successful in an e-Learning course you will need to know how to:

  • Be an independent learner
  • Use the Internet
  • Use a search engine
  • Set up your computer and browser to be compatible with Canvas or the software used for your class
  • Use a word processor.  (Some classes may require the use of other software.  Check with your professor)
  • Send and receive email
  • Send an email with an attachment
  • Use a PC, Mac, or mobile device
  • Copy and paste from one document to another
  • Take a timed test *
  • Use a discussion forum *
  • Use a chat room *

* May not be required for all courses.

Sometimes students feel they can learn technical skills while taking an online course. In this case they are trying to learn two different sets of skills-- the skill-set for the course they are enrolled in and one on how to use the technology -- only one of them is taught by the professor. If you do not have these skills you should consider not enrolling in an online course.

To be successful in a Telecourse you will need to know how to operate a TV and VCR and have both available to you.

Have a Back-Up Plan

Students should have a back-up plan in case of: primary computer malfunctions; technical difficulties; interruption in internet service; power outage; or travel during the quarter. Students should be aware of another computer or location convenient to their location. Students are expected to follow the back-up plan when necessary so that they may continue their coursework. In most cases, having problems with your computer, power or internet connection will not exempt you from class deadlines. Deadline extensions are not often granted.