Virtual Learning Success Profile

The Virtual Learning Success Profile may be used by students, families, and school personnel in evaluating a student's aptitude for participating in online learning. Characteristics listed below are keys to successful completion of online coursework. 

Successful online learners are:
 
Proficient in use of computers and Internet navigation.
Because all interaction happens via computer, computer skills are necessary to participate.
 
Self-motivated and learn well independently.
With the freedom and flexibility of the online learning environment comes responsibility. The online process takes commitment, discipline, and an ability to work independently.
 
Careful to allow ample time for the course.
Online learning is not easier than the traditional educational process.  In fact, many students will say it requires more time and commitment.  Stay on pace by logging-on to the course and completing assignments at least three per week. 

Effective time-managers.
Structuring time to effectively participate is up to the learner.   Manage time well enough to complete assignments, study and communicate with your teacher and Local Education Guide (LEG) while juggling any additional courses, work, or social obligations.
 
Careful to follow written information/directions for completing assignments. 
Web-based courses require that close attention be paid to written instructions as the teacher cannot clarify assignments face to face.
 
Good readers and writers. 
In online courses, reading may be the main source of information.  Additionally, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical to feel comfortable in expressing ideas in writing.
 
Consistent in communication with their teacher and Local Education Guide. 
The professionals working with online learners expect regular communication via email, phone or in person. Teachers and LEGs will look for, at least, weekly communication.
 
Problem solvers who ask for help when needed.  
In the Virtual classroom, knowing how to solve problems and when to seek assistance are important skills. Assistance will be available, but it must be requested and an immediate response may not be available.
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