Succeeding as an Online Learner

Succeeding as an Online Learner

Self-Assessment Tools for Online Learners 

 

Will you succeed in the online learning environment? This is an important question to answer before you begin online classes. And what if the answer is “maybe not,” but you need to take a class online anyway? Below, we provide: 

  • 3 ways to self-assess your readiness to learn online, 
  • 10 tips for learning online, and 
  • 2 free courses on being an effective online learner 

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

 

You can use the following techniques to self-assess your readiness for online learning: 

  • Take this interactive questionnaire: 
  • Take the technical skills quiz and the student skills quiz: 

In order to improve your study skills, it is helpful to learn more about your personal study habits. Take a few moments to complete the following survey which will assess your study strengths and weaknesses. Select any of the following statements that describe you. At the end of the survey, you will receive a personalized report indicating the steps you can take to improve your study habits and become a stronger learner.


For a script of this assessment that works with text-to-speech software, click here.

Each person learns differently. Not everyone enjoys listening to lectures or reading. Some students remember information by picturing it in their heads while others prefer to write notes from a textbook while they read. Some people prefer to work in groups while others prefer to work on their own.

You may already have a sense of the type of learner you are. However, if you are unsure or want to confirm your learning style, take a few minutes to access one of these surveys: What's Your Learning Style? or What is My Personal Learning Style? Once you know more about your learning style, you can identify and apply strategies that maximize your strengths.

If you are currently taking or thinking about taking an online course, you may wonder whether elearning is right for you. Online students require a unique combination of skills, some that are related to being a student and others that are more technical in nature.


To learn more about your readiness for online learning, check out the following quiz:


Self-Assessment Quiz

This interactive questionnaire is designed to determine whether or not online learning will work for you. There are twenty-three questions that should take about five minutes to complete.


Top Ten Online Learning Tips

 

Online Learning Modules 

 

If you’re a Lethbridge College student

We highly recommend enrolling in the Canvas course Set for Success: Navigating Learning at a DistanceIt’s best to complete this course before your first online semester starts, but the course can be accessed at any time and completed at your own pace. The course covers pretty much everything you need to know to succeed in Lethbridge College online courses. You can self-enroll here. If you have any questions, contact the Learning Café. 

If you’re not a Lethbridge College student

To develop skills for online learning, try these readiness modules from the California Community Colleges. 

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