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 two times. This takes time – more time than sitting in a classroom
listening to a lecture.
With It! Distance Education courses require perseverance, self-discipline,
self-motivation, and the ability to work independently – more so than face-to-face than
Up – Be Organized. Economics is a course that builds as it goes.
Concepts learned in one
chapter are combined with concepts in subsequent chapters as models of economics behavior
are developed. For example , if you fall behind or don’t learn the concepts in chapters 9 and 10,
you will have difficulty with chapters 11, 12, 14 and 15.
Deadlines. Do not get behind. Have each week’s assignments completed
Although you will find that I am flexible in giving you some additional time here and there when
necessary, there can come a point when you are so far behind that you cannot catch up. A
grade of "Incomplete" is not an option in 99 percent of the cases.
Lists. Make lists of things that need to be memorized and study
them while you are
waiting in line at the grocery store or the bank or at traffic lights.
Your Printer. Print out anything that I write. My postings are
offering additional explanations of difficult concepts, additional examples, homework
assignments, and quizzes.
Keep 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 CyberCafe.
Me and Your Cybermates 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. You can change your email by going into Student Tools and Change Your Information.
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 cybermates. So Keep in Touch.
Drop the Course without talking to me first. Together, we may
be able to find a
solution to your dilemma.