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Are You Ready for Online Courses?

Online courses are different than face-to-face classes, and require different skills:


  • In a face-to-face class, students spend most of their time listening and talking.  In an online course, students spend the majority of their time reading and typing.
  • Students in a face-to-face classroom meet at a regularly-scheduled time and place with their instructor, while students in an online course must work to fit their education into their busy schedules and make a special effort to contact their instructor when they have questions.
  • In a face-to-face classroom, students take notes or a test with pen and paper and can easily chat with classmates and their instructor, while in an online course all coursework and communication with classmates and the instructor happens through the computer.  Even textbooks are read online.

Studying online, then, is a big change from classroom learning and online learners must either have or acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful.  An important first step is to assess your readiness to see where you stand before jumping into an online course.

Online Learning Readiness

Below you will find a number of Online Learning Readiness Self-Assessments.  Online learning is a complex subject and no single assessment covers every important area, so you are encouraged to explore them all.  Your answers to the questions provided in these assessments will help you determine what you need to do to succeed at online learning. Post-survey feedback will also provide you with information on what you can expect from an online course:


Learn Our System, LearningStudio

Finally, to be successful online you must also learn how to use WVU Parkersburg‘s online learning system, LearningStudio.

Every WVU Parkersburg student has been enrolled in the Student Orientation to Learning Studio, so you can access the materials immediately to get familiar with the system.  This orientation provides an introduction to the course tools in LearningStudio and shares valuable information about how to be a successful online learner.

Follow these instructions to login:

1. Login to LearningStudio at

Username is the first part of your email address, before
Password is the password that you use to login to your WVU Parkersburg email account.

2. Click the Academics tab at the top left of the screen.

3. Click on SOT Student Orientation Tutorial.

Next, explore the Student Orientation Tutorial (SOT) at your own pace. Feel free to skip around within the units if you’d like to do so. Remember, you can always go back later to the SOT to refresh your memory about a specific topic, such as how to use one of the course tools required by your instructor in a course.

If you have any questions or concerns about online learning or your readiness as an online learner, please contact Chris Fahey at 304.424.8312 or ude.puvwnull@enilno.




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