TVCC Distance Learning Student Handbook
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Flexibility and convenience attract students to online education. Students find online education is as rigorous as face-to-face classes, but it also comes with additional skills that may be more challenging to some students. As you embark on an online journey at TVCC, here are some tips to help you be a successful online learner.
Success is not the reflection of dreams alone, but the combination of dreams and hard work. When you enroll in a class, you have chosen to begin your education; however, participating in your online classes requires you to get started and stay active when no one is watching or holding you to a schedule. When difficulties arise, do not become discouraged, but become persistent and take every action to move towards your goal. How?
Participation in an online course involves asynchronous (recorded) and synchronous (live) interactions. If a challenge presents itself, be adaptable and think about how to resolve the issue. Communicate frequently with your class, and do not skip over content posted in your online course. Remember, if content is provided, it has a purpose. Additional tips:
To be a self-directed learner you need to identify your study skills and time management skills. Staying organized and working ahead of schedule is important for online students, but most importantly avoid procrastination. Online students need to take initiatives to use student services for assistance. Enhancing your skills will improve your experience in an online class. How?
What you put into your online course(s), is what you will receive. Be an active participant in your online course by collaborating and sharing with your classmates. Having an active online presence will help your class develop an online community to enrich discussions and sharing of ideas. How?
The majority of communication in the online environment is written. Discussion, email, polls, etc. are frequently used as sources for communication. Your written communication should always be professional in grammar and tone. As a receiver of information, comprehension is valuable and skills to decipher meaning from the text are important. How?
Online courses are taken by accessing a computer. You should have a general knowledge of how to navigate your computer and the online environment. Your basic technology skills should include
Since you are not going to be “seeing” your instructor or classmates routinely, you need to ensure you are comfortable in the alternative study environment. You should become accustomed to the communication and collaboration format. Remember netiquette is always expected in the online environment and upheld when participating in an online course. Furthermore, you should set yourself up in a location to access your online course to help you focus.
Online students have access to the same resources as students who are physically on campus.