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  • 1.  What makes a successful online learner?

    Posted 01-18-2023 09:42 AM

    We are in the process of brainstorming and then creating an essential skills chart to post for our students enrolled in an Edgenuity Course.


    We are looking for suggestions of skills that a student taking an online course needs to provide knowledge or develop a skill necessary for success in school and/or beyond.


    Links to any webpages or articles would be greatly appreciated too.


     Thank you 


    Janet ONeill
    Bellevue High School

  • 2.  RE: What makes a successful online learner?

    Posted 01-19-2023 03:45 PM
    I hope others will chime in with their thoughts, but you might like using the Imagine Edgenuity course Online Learning and Digital Citizenship as a jumping off point. Here are some general skills that I was able to grab from the description for this course. You can likely use the lesson titles themselves for a more detailed view.

    - time management
    - effective note-taking
    - test preparation
    - collaborating effectively online.

    Mary Lou McCaslin
    Community Engagement Specialist
    Imagine Learning
    Memphis TN

  • 3.  RE: What makes a successful online learner?

    Posted 01-31-2023 05:25 AM
    Hi Janet

    After 12 years of administering a virtual program, I have a list of what I call "prerequisites"  for a virtual learner.  These are my personal observations. In most schools years some of these requirements go out of the window but they are still crucial in my opinion.

    • Technical skills-must be able to learn how to navigate the platform and use external products such as Google Docs, Pages, Word, etc.
    • Technical skills-must be able to follow directions on how to successfully connect to wi-fi and troubleshoot equipment if necessary
    • Technical skills-must be able to effectively use the hardware being provided. For example, do not teach students how to use an iPad and then provide them with a Chromebook to do online learning (this happens countless times in my schools)
    • Student skills-problem solver-why can't I login-is it my password? am I on the wi-fi? etc.
    • Student skills-self-directed
    • Student skills ability to recognize when help is needed and be proactive in seeking that help
    • Student skills-ability to follow a calendar and good time management
    • Student skills-ability to seek answers outside of the course information- do research or look for alternate methods of learning the material, especially helpful with math subjects
    • Student skills-student must be on the grade level of the course enrolled in - do not enroll a student who barely passed Pre-Algebra into Algebra without remediation. This is a recipe for failure.
    I could go on and on, but these are a few of the things you can consider.

    Marcelle McGhee
    Berks County Intermediate Unit

  • 4.  RE: What makes a successful online learner?

    Posted 01-31-2023 09:16 AM
    Thank you for this. I teach Independent Study for grades 4-6. My elementary students use a different platform, and I just completed an expectations sheet to help parents understand what different things students the students should be doing to make sure they're learning as much as they would learn in school and points in how best to succeed. I need to start my document for my 6th graders (who do use Edgenuity), and may be borrowing some of these points. While I know all of this, sometimes getting all into words is harder! Pre-Covid we talked to families about whether their student was a good fit for Independent Study, but now we seem to take everyone, and without the skills you mention it can be hard to be successful.

    Dana Stibor

  • 5.  RE: What makes a successful online learner?

    Posted 01-31-2023 09:58 AM
    Thank you for recommendations 

    In our research we found the following resources as well:

    Source: Minnesota Online High School and Minnesota Department of Education
    Source: Michigan Student Guide to Online Learning
    ISTE Standards
    Kentucky Academic Standards for Technology

    We also reviewed our district's acceptable use policy too

    Janet ONeill
    Bellevue High School

  • 6.  RE: What makes a successful online learner?

    Posted 01-31-2023 10:24 AM
    I also want to add that parental support (or the support of whomever the adult is at home or school) is also critical, especially for younger students. Students in grades k-8  will need help with technical issues. They will also require monitoring by the adult above. Who is checking the progress and attendance reports? I send the automatic progress reports to parents every morning and I regularly remind them to review them. These things are all obvious to us in education but I am always surprised at how much of this gets overlooked by the "adult in charge".  My most successful students have parents (adults) who are on top of these issues at all times. 

    Off of my soapbox now!

    Marcelle McGhee
    Berks County Intermediate Unit