Discussion: Success in online Learning

Discussion: Success in online Learning

Discussion: Success in online Learning


Success in Online Learning

What does it take to be successful as an online learner? How can you leverage your skills as a learner in a traditional environment for success in a distance-learning environment? What, specifically, can you do to increase your effectiveness as a student in online learning program? Discussion: Success in online Learning

This week, you explore the essential skills and strategies that allow you to perform at your best in the Walden online environment. Developing strategies related to planning, time management, communication, and use of technology will aid in your success in an online learning environment.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Formulate strategies for effective online learning related to planning, time management, communication, and technology use

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Walden University. (n.d.). Help with technology. Walden e-Guide. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/waldeneguide/eg…
This section of the e-Guide provides useful information about the technical aspects of your online learning environment. Review the sub-sections to learn more about the classroom environment, online learning, technical support resources, and technical requirements.

Walden University. (n.d.). Academic & Community Support Resources. Walden e-Guide. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/waldeneguide/eg…
This section of the e-Guide provides useful information about academic resources and other support resources. Focus on the Success Strategies sub-section for guidance on such things as time management to help you maximize your online learning experience. Also focus on the DiscussionsGrading, and Scholarly Writing sub-sections to learn more about completing your coursework, following course requirements, and writing for the online environment. Explore any other sections that you think will be useful.

Document: 10 Tips for Being a Successful Online Learner (Word document)
This document contains valuable tips for becoming a successful online learner.

Document: Technology Contingency Plan Template (Word document)
This template is designed to help you create a technology contingency plan in case your computer crashes, you lose access to the Internet, or your computer gets lost or stolen.

Document: Technical Tips for Learning at Walden (Word document)
Tips for working with various technologies, such as word processing software, Blackboard features, and your myWalden page are addressed in this document.

Document: Walden University School of Nursing Faculty. (2012). Annotated School of Nursing Sample Paper (PDF)

Walden University. (2012c). Walden University: Active and passive voice. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/487.htm
A component of academic writing is using an active voice. Explore the handout on writing in an active voice presented at this website.

Walden University. (2012f). Walden University: Proofreading and revising. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/872.htm
Proofreading is an important final step when preparing any assignment or electronic communication. This resource is also provided by the Walden University Writing Center.


Laureate Education (Producer). (2012e). Tips for effective online composition and communication [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 7 minutes.
This media program provides essential insights and information regarding the differences between online and in-person communication, the importance of tone in your e-communications, and how to write effective e-mail messages. All of these skills are essential to your success as an online learnOnline Learning Strategies Completing courses in the absence of a physical classroom and frequent face-to-face contact can be challenging, even for those who are comfortable with technology and the online environment. You need to be able to plan and manage your time well, particularly since there is no structured “class time”; communicate clearly and effectively where there is no visual or nonverbal feedback; and use technology effectively. This Discussion provides you with an opportunity to think about your skills in the above areas, to explore strategies for successful online learning, and exchange strategies with your colleagues.

To prepare:

  • Review this Week’s assigned readings from the Walden e-Guide and the document, “Technical Tips for Learning at Walden,” in the Learning Resources.
  • Review this week’s media program, “Tips for Effective Online Composition and Communication.”
  • Think about some strategies you have used, or read about, that may be beneficial for effective planning, time management, communication, and technology use.
  • Consider how the strategies you have identified can contribute to being a successful online learner.


Write a description of at least one strategy for each of the following areas related to online success: planning, time management, communication, and technology use. Explain how/why you think use of each strategy will contribute to your success as an online learner.

Support your Discussion assignment with specific resources used in its preparation using APA formatting. You are asked to provide a reference for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

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