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You're at it again.  Your hair is almost gone.  You've ended up pulling almost every strand out by the roots.  You're at your wits end! What do you do when you've looked everywhere you know to look, you've read everything you can find, you've listened to everything you see to listen to, and yet you still have questions?? Here are a few tips for how you can get help in your online classes: › Continue reading...
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In the online environment, you become the assignments that you turn in.  Those assignments are where the bulk of your grade usually comes from.  If you want to do well in the class, it is important that you know how what to do on assignments. Here are a few tips to help you succeed: › Continue reading...
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Let's face it. In an online learning environment, you can't interact with your classmates, face-to-face. So, the world of distance education has evolved to use different methods of interaction. One of the staples of interaction, no matter with school you use for distance learning, is some type of discussion forum. This is the main place where you develop a sense of community. This is where you interact with your peers. Sure, you can do the minimum. But, if you settle for doing the minimum requirements in the class discussion, you'll also reap the minimum benefits. So how do you get the most out of the online class discussions?   Here are 8 tips for how to accomplish that. › Continue reading...
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Distance Learning: GPS

You know, these days, we don't have much chance of getting lost anymore.  I'm not afraid to just get in a car and start driving in the general direction that I need to go, confident that I'll find where I need to be. Why? Easy.  I have that little GPS device that mouts on my window.  If I have heard that patronizing female voice say one time, "When possible, make a legal u-turn", then I've heard it a million times.  But, as irritating as that phrase is, I still know she will get me where I need to go. When starting an online class, sometimes it can be as confusing as finding yourself in a city you've never visited before.  Today, I want to share with you a GPS system for online learning.  Hopefully this system will help you to get exactly where you need to be, with no problems. › Continue reading...
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Introduce yourself

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One of the first things that you will probably be required to do in an online classroom environment is to introduce yourself to the rest of the class.  In the college where I teach, this does not count for a grade.  However, it is listed in the requirements. Because it does not affect your grade, students may be tempted to post a simple one-sentence "Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm here" type of post.  And, sure, that probably won't affect your grade.  But, is this the best way to handle your introduction? › Continue reading...
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In the days of face-to-face learning, each class had a textbook. Most, if not all, of the information you needed for the class was in that textbook or was given to you in handouts from the face-to-face teacher. Occasionally an instructor might expect students to go get something from the library. However, even when this was expected, students complained of all the extra time and trouble.Get Organized But, today, things have changed. In a distance learning environment, your textbooks may actually be e-books. Also, you are using the Internet to access your class, so why wouldn't an instructor have you use the very tool that everyone has available? You may find that your online classes involve a lot of research -- research through web sites. And, you may find that those classes involve a lot of writing about that research. The research - actually finding the sites - can be time consuming. Then, it makes it seem even worse when you have to do similar research later and wish you could remember where you found those sites you used the last time. But, there is help! › Continue reading...
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