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Help Your Students Be Successful

Students who begin distance learning courses online have many questions, especially if it is their first online course. A well designed online course will provide answers to these questions before the students begin asking them. An FAQ with the answers to them are very helpful. Here are some of those questions.

1. Questions about the technology such as: What equipment and software is required for this online course? How do I access my online course? What if I can’t log in to the course? Who do I contact if I have problems with the technology?

2. Questions about how to be successful in the course such as: What skills do I need to do well in online courses? How is learning online different from on campus learning?

3. Questions about where to get the course information such as: What books do I need for the course and where do I get them? Where do I get the instructor’s notes or lectures? How do I do my research for the course?

4. Questions about their participation in the course such as: Will I be required to be online at specific times for meetings, lectures, or tests? How do I submit assignments? How often do I have to log in or post to the bulletin board?

5. Questions related to expectations such as: What is expected of me in an online course? How much time will I be expected to spend online for the course?

6. Questions about communication such as: How will I communicate with my instructor or other students in the course? How will my instructor communicate with me? What if I have a non-technical problem such as illness?

Designing information for students into your course is a great way to get them off to a good start on their distance learning journey. These are some of the questions that students new to distance learning often have about their first course with your school. It doesn’t hurt to have the information available throughout their studies so it may be best to design it into all of the courses you teach. This way you will be helping all of your students to be successful in their online courses.

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