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Traits of Successful Online Students

Online learning is different in many respects from the traditional face-to-face learning we’re all used to and the primary difference lies in the way in which information is communicated and the methods of interaction between instructors and students and students with peers.  For many students, these differences lead to positive results; many participants relate that they learn more online and experience better retention.  However, some students – even “good” students” – seem to struggle in an online class.

If you are a student considering taking an online class, it is important to consider your learning habits, as well as your lifestyle, in order to assess whether or not online learning is a good fit for you as an individual.  The following traits are those that are common to most successful students, but are critical to students in online classes:

  • Comfortable with computers
  • Able to use the course management system (Blackboard), an internet browser (Firefox or Chrome), a word processor, and the SUNY email system (Hawkmail)
  • Self-directed
  • Motivated
  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Inquisitive
  • Disciplined
  • Independent
  • Able to stay on task

So, is online learning right for you? Review the following questions as you decide:

If you’re satisfied with your answers to these questions, you’re likely to do well in an online learning course!

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