Antelope Valley College -- Online Learning
Student Online Learning Information Guide
What is Online Learning?
Online learning should, and must,
contain at minimum the same content,
level of assignments, assessments, rigor and high standards as on-campus classes. Plus, online courses should be designed to have increased interaction
with your instructor and other students, using group and one-on-one
Successful online students gain skills required to succeed in our increasingly
technological, telecommunication oriented business, government and general society.. They are highly motivated
to use time- and place-independent learning opportunities. They are self-starters and independent thinkers and
Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning
Students in distance education classes, such as this Internet-based computer
class, report many advantages and disadvantages both by not participating in a traditional class lecture and lab
flexibility in scheduling work for class
flexibility to study in any convenient location
ability to skim over materials already mastered and to concentrate time
and effort in areas containing new information and/or skills
flexibility to study materials at a personal speed and intensity, without
having to wait for slower pace of the average classroom
flexibility to join "conversations" in the bulletin board/discussion/forums
areas at any hour, and to catch up on everything that has been "said" by others since the previous visit.
easy to procrastinate - to wait until later
difficulty with staying on track without the structured classroom
feeling of isolation - alone - without the face-to-face classroom environment
frustration with technology
delayed response from other classmates and/or instructor through asynchronous
communications bulletin board/discussion/forums and email
Characteristics of Successful Online Students
ability to manage time and set priorities. College courses generally
require three to five hours per week per unit of credit for most courses. Keep up with coursework. Submit work
correctly and on time.
understand there is no credit for "seat time". Students who
participate and utilize all resources learn more and gain collaborative skills which are valued in the workplace.
realize that the instructor is no longer the "sage on the stage"
but should become a "coach" and "facilitator" as students take a more active part in their
participate and be persistent. It has been proven that the online environment
results in more creativity and assertiveness by students. You are part of the virtual community, but there is
a certain comfortable anonymity which fosters more freedom of expression.
share with fellow students. Ask questions as soon as they arise. Spinning
your wheels doesn't help when your car is stuck in the mud, and it doesn't help when you're stuck with a problem.
improve reading and writing skills. Asynchronous communications such
as bulletin boards/discussions/forums and email allow time for thinking before pressing the SEND button. Writing
improves. Logic and critical thinking can be developed at a more rapid rate than usually occurs with verbal classroom
observe Netiquette rules. Put your personality in your work. Be polite
and respectful, even when disagreeing.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
Foothill DeAnza Community College Online Student Orientation:
This orientation will provide you with relevant
information about online learning requirements, and it will answer
many important questions:
Distance Learning Handbook - Palm Beach Community College -
Palm Beach Community College
- Are you
Ready for Online Learning?
self scoring quizze
Before you consider taking classes
as a distance learner, it's important to determine if you have
the skills necessary for success.
registering as a distance learner, there are several questions
you should ask yourself.
Do I like working and learning
on a computer?
Am I comfortable with the
Am I self-disciplined enough to
follow lessons on my own?
Do I have good study skills?
Is Online Learning For You?? - University of Illinois Online
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Welcome to AVC Online Learning
What is Online Learning?
Are you Ready for Online Learning?
Self-Scored Surveys for you to take
How to Get Your Course
to contact your Professor before classes begin
attend OnCampus Orientation Meeting
complete all Online Orientation Tasks
ASK Questions as
needed - It's about your education!!