Profile of a Successful Online Learner

If you're wondering whether your child can be a successful online learner, please review this profile:

Good Time Management: Can the student create and maintain a study schedule throughout the semester without face-to-face interaction with a teacher?  (*Students who cannot manage time and assignments without direct supervision usually struggle to be successful learners online. Students should expect and be able to spend approximately 5 to 10 hours a week per course.)


Effective Communication: Can the student ask for help, make contact with other students and the instructor online, and describe any problems she/he has with learning materials using email, text messaging and/or the telephone?


Independent Study Habits: Can the student study and complete assignments without direct supervision and maintain the self-discipline to stick to a schedule?


Self-Motivation: Does the student have a strong desire to learn skills, acquire knowledge, and fulfill assignments in online courses because of an educational goal? Can she/he maintain focus on that goal?


Academic Readiness: Does the student have the basic reading, writing, math and computer literacy skills to succeed in the class?


Technologically Prepared: Does the student know how to open, create and/or save a document; use various digital tools (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, grammar checker, calculator); and identify various file formats (e.g., doc, xls, pdf, jpg)?


*Profile from Michigan Virtual University®.