Here are seven attributes that should have or need to develop for
successful online learning:
- You have to have a sense of self.
Successful learners online
have an awareness of metacognition — self-motivation, self-starting, and
ownership of one’s actions. In other words, they reflect on how they learn as
well as what they learn.
- You need to be able to manage your time wisely.
must be able to lay out their tasks with a critical eye, plan them accordingly,
and follow them through to fruition — many times without someone looking
over their shoulder.
- You have GOT to know how to collaborate.
This is a
biggie. More than an understanding of technology, more than a perfection
of writing skills, the ability to collaborate is one that must be used
- You need to be able to set goals for yourself.
Being able to
see the target and backwards plan towards that target is vital.
- You need to communicate well in writing.
online community is based on the language of words and how to
communicate them effectively. One cannot use texting language and expect
to be heard. A student needs to use their best level of writing.
- You must follow the community norms.
Just like a
classroom has a set of rules, so does an online class. A student must
function within the norms and rules of netiquette set up by the instructor (or,
better yet, agreed upon by the class itself).
- You must be your own advocate.
As slam poet Taylor Mali
once wrote when asked if they would be tested on the material, “If not you,
then who?” So does it go with being one’s own advocate. If you won’t ask
the questions, take control, and make sure your voice is heard in a positive
way…then who will?