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Coming and Going in All Directions: Preparing Students for Online Learning.

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This paper examines the challenge of teaching online classes to students who have difficulty with organization and time management. Online learning is far removed from the traditional classroom learning rubric. Online education requires students to navigate a multi-layered information path. The first step toward student preparation is to assess technological skill levels. If the institution does not have minimum proficiency requirements for those enrolling in an online course, it is up to the instructor to determine the students' abilities. This paper recommends creating a treasure hunt that requires students to perform tasks such as subscribing to a listserv and leaving a message on a message board. The author suggests that instructors make time for contact and individual instruction with students who cannot complete the tasks. The next step is preparing students to manage all of the information they will be dealing with in the course. Assuring that students feel connected to the instructor, each other, and the course content enhances the online learning experience. Feedback is the key to connecting with the instructor. (Contains a list of 19 resources and Web site addresses.) (NB)

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Author:Baab, Lujean
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Apr 1, 1999
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