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Students: Is Online Learning for Me?

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Consider This

If you’re interested in online learning, but you still aren't sure if online learning is the right solution for you, think about what it offers. It's convenient, it can offer a quality learning experience, and it provides flexibility for completing your coursework anytime, day or night. You may wonder if you can really succeed without being in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Here are a few points to consider as you determine whether or not an online course is right for you.

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Are you self-disciplined and motivated?

Unlike a traditional course where you see students and teachers every day, an online course course is self-directed. That means you complete assignments on your schedule. All assignments have to be completed by the deadline and it is up to you to keep up with the coursework and get assignments turned in on time. This also means that you can learn at the pace that works best for you as long as it is in the time frame of the course.

Are you able to set aside time each week to complete your online assignments?

Online courses are neither easier nor more difficult than traditional courses. MCPS online courses require a longer time commitment per day than traditional courses because online courses are compacted into just a few weeks compared to traditional courses lasting a whole or half of a school year. Finishing assignments and communicating with other students and teachers can take 4–5 hours per day. Before you decide to enroll in an online course, make sure you have the time to spend to focus on your coursework.

Do you have good communication and writing skills?

Since most communication in an online course is in written form, it's very important that you feel comfortable getting online and expressing your thoughts using the written word. Make sure you have a good sense of where your current skills are in terms of writing and communication. Also, you have to be willing to share any problems you’re having in the course with your teacher. No one will know if you look confused—You have to tell someone!

Are you comfortable with computers?

Your computer will be the classroom for your online courses. While you don’t have to be a computer expert to succeed, you will have to know how to get online and access your class. More importantly you will have to have a computer that you can access easily and regularly.

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Tips for Success As an Online Learner

Students who take online courses often find that self-motivation, good time management skills, and other factors unique to online learning are important to student success in and enjoyment of an online course. Select the image below to play a slideshow and find out how you can be successful in an online course. Press the play button at the bottom-center of the window when it opens.

Student Success Slideshow

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Also, following these simple strategies will help you get the most from your online learning experience:

  1. Participate

  2. Communicate

  3. Manage your Time

  4. Accept Differences

  5. Learn to Use the Tools

  6. Know What to Expect


Student eLearning

is a program for students seeking to accelerate their learning or to pursue credit recovery options by taking courses that follow a blended model of online and face-to-face instruction.

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