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Online learning is very different from face to face learning, and requires different skills and knowledge.   The following resources will help you learn more.  Be sure to watch all of the videos below and then take each one of the self-assessments to gauge your readiness.  Afterwards, explore our learning management system, LearningStudio, and the Student Orientation Tutorial to learn more about online learning and common course tools.

Are You Ready for Online Courses?

The following videos will help you learn more about online learning at WVU Parkersburg.

Online Versus Face to Face Classes

Time Management

Technology Skills

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:

Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Student Self-Assessment – Wayne State University

Learning Skills Self-Assessment – Metropolitan State University of Denver.


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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