This might not be how you imagined your first semester of college. I’m used to teaching with a large online component, but not fully online. What can we learn together to improve our chances for success in this fully online distance education model? At the same time, what do we notice about advice for online coursework?
Read the following short pieces about tips to succeed in distance learning:
- From City Tech: “Tips for Success” on The OpenLab for Students.
- From Guttman Community College, CUNY: “Tips for a Successful Transition to Distance Learning” on “Distance Learning Resources for Students”
- From North Hennepin Community College “Tips for Online Learning Success”
- From University of Waterloo “Online Discussions: Tips for Students”
One goal I have for class collaboration is to crowdsource ideas and solutions from the whole class rather than each working in isolation. Write a comment below that addresses the following so we can crowdsource our own list of tips:
- What two or three tips did you find most helpful? Put them in your own words, and mention which source or sources included those tips.
- What tips do you have to share that were not included in any of these resources?
- If you felt any tips were unhelpful, wrong, hurtful, etc, feel free to share that as well, and to explain if you can.
- Is there another source you would recommend we read? If so, please include a link to it in your comment and tell us what’s great about it.
Then think about the 4 different readings. Write another paragraph to your comment to include a reflection about the following:
- Who do you think wrote these tips?
- Who do you think is the audience for each list of tips?
- What stands out as effective or ineffective in how any of the 4 sources communicated the tips they shared?
- Who would you want to share our list with?
- What should our list look like?
This comment will be longer, more like 250-300 words.
Be sure to add your comment by Monday morning, 8/31, so that there’s time for everyone to continue the conversation by responding to a few classmates before our next week of class begins on Wednesday, 9/2.