Setting the Stage for Success in an Online Learning Environment

Setting the Stage for Success in an Online Learning Environment

Maria Orlando (Lindenwood University, USA) and Linda Howard (Nerinx Hall High School, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3465-5.ch001


Online learning in higher education has become increasingly popular because of the convenience and flexibility that it provides. Self-regulated learning, which requires students to plan, monitor, and assess their own learning, has been recognized as a key predictor of academic achievement and motivation in student learning. Few students, however, naturally do this. In order to guide students to become self-regulated learners and for these experiences to be successful for both the students and the instructor, instructors should use pedagogical strategies that differ slightly from those they have used in traditional classrooms. The purpose of this chapter is two-fold: to identify some of the challenges presented to students in an online learning environment and to give an overview of some possible solutions that an instructor can implement in order to address those challenges and give students tools to help them to become self-regulated learners.
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Challenges Of Online Learning

Lack of Physical Interaction

From a social standpoint, introverts generally enjoy being able to do their coursework without the distractions of other students. Those students who have more social tendencies may feel lonely, missing the personal interactions with peers that make up so much of the conventional college experience. Although nearly all learning management systems in use today have features that allow face-to-face interaction through video conferencing, this likely isn’t a substitute for actual in-person interaction, even if it does allow for live class discussion online.

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