two times. This
takes time – more time than sitting in a classroom listening to a
- Allow Time.
Most students are not prepared for the amount of time that an on-line
course takes. Remember that you are teaching the material to yourself.
Therefore, each chapter must be read carefully and
Stick With It! Distance
Education courses require perseverance, self-discipline,
self-motivation, and the ability to work independently –
much more so
than face-to-face on-campus classes.
Keep Up – Be
is a course that builds
as it goes. Concepts learned in one chapter are combined with concepts
in subsequent chapters as applications are developed. For example, if
you fall behind or don’t learn the concepts in chapter 1, you will
have difficulty with chapter 2.
must be completed
- Meet Deadlines. Do
not get behind.
lists of things that need to be learned and study them while you are
waiting in line at the grocery store or the bank. Also, it is a
good idea to read the material right before you go to bed so that you
can sleep on the difficult concepts.
- Use Your
Printer. Print out anything that I write. My postings may
be presentation notes offering additional explanations of difficult
concepts, additional examples, homework assignments, and quizzes.
in Touch. It is very
important that you keep in touch with me and with your fellow
classmates in a distance education course. They cannot help you and
you cannot help them if you are not around through e-mail, at the
conferences, or at the Virtual Coffee Shop.
- Keep Me and Your
Classmates Informed about changes in your e-mail address.
We cannot stay in touch with you if you are not available. We cannot
learn from you if you are not available.
- Don’t try to
"Go It Alone!". In
a distance education course, you must teach yourself. And you will
most likely need some help – from me and from your classmates. So Keep
- Establish an
E-mail list of Class Members or Study Groups that are formed.
This way you can easily send messages without having to logon
to the system. Keep in Touch with them and me.
- Don’t Drop the
Course without talking to me first. Together, we may be
able to find a solution to your dilemma.