There are three things required for success in online classes:
- self directed learning- You need to develop a learning plan, schedule, set and meet goals
- cognitive presence- You need to not only complete assignments on time but complete them with the stated objectives in mind. Make sure your artifacts show growth. Utilize evidence from the texts, focus on key concepts and vocabulary.
- social presence- Learning is social. Self direction works best in a community of folks with similar goals.
This first week we were just working on the third element. Many people are taking an online class for the first time as well. It is important we take time to get to know each other. Identify possible study partners, and learn to rely on each other.
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