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Distance learning courses are primarily text-based and effective reading and writing skills are critical for successful course completion. Students enrolled in online and alternative delivery courses should carefully read information provided by faculty and closely review course syllabi for additional instructions on communicating throughout the course.

Online courses can also be time intensive, and varying keyboard skill rates can impact the amount of time students spend completing course work. It is recommended that students carefully evaluate their readiness and abilities in these areas before selecting distance learning courses.

Typically, successful distance learners are:

Self-motivated and willing to accept responsibility for their own learning.
Self-disciplined, able to budget their time effectively and willing to stick to deadlines.
Willing to take the initiative and contact their instructor when they have questions or concerns regarding the course.
Comfortable with technology, especially web-based and Internet technologies.
Aware that the flexibility offered by an online course does not mean that the course will be easy.

Every student enrolled in an online course will receive access to an orientation that will introduce students to the  environment and Course Tools, prepare them to be successful as an online learner, and share the support resources available online.

 

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