The IHE article also notes, interestingly enough, that completion rates for students in online classes lag behind completion rates of students who enroll in traditional, face-to-face classes. This statistic highlights the importance of setting yourself up for success and figuring out, in advance, if online classes are right for you. So let's start a short conversation around that very question:
Are online classes right for you?
Coming up with an answer will require some self-inventory and reflection on the experience and skills you bring to the table. We've discussed the question of what makes a good online student in an earlier post, but it never hurts to review ground already covered.
While they provide a convenient alternative to the traditional physical classroom experience, keep in mind that online classes (and to a lesser extent hybrid classes) imply a certain type of learner. Students who typically succeed in online learning environments are:
- Highly motivated
- Have a capacity for self-guided learning
- Have good time management skills
- Take initiative in contacting the instructor with questions
- Use the internet
- Use a search engine
- Send and receive email with attachments
- Use word processing applications
- Use a chat room