The following video will help dispel some common misconceptions about online learning and will explain what you can expect of an online class. Watch the video attentively, then answer the questions that follow.
The video can easily be watched at 1.5 times the speed . You cannot skip ahead but you can rewind in ten-second intervals .
Exploring the Differences between Learning In-Person and Learning Online
Being self-directed is the most important skill you can develop as an online learner.
An important difference between learning in person and learning online is the amount of independentstudy that it requires.
Where learning in-person tends to be teacher-centred and/or lecture-driven, online learning is more learning-centred and learner-driven. As an online learner, you will find that you have the flexibility to learn where you want and when you want but this does not mean that there will be less work to do. In fact, the workload in an online course might demand more of your time. While you may not be expected to physically attend a lecture, you will still be required to actively participate.
Active participation in an online class leads to greater academic success.
The success of an online class depends on the level of commitment made by each member of the class. Research shows that the most successful online classes have well-established learning communities which are groups of students who actively participate with the content and with each other. This means being fully prepared to contribute by
watching videos/lecture recordings,
completing assigned readings,
participating in discussion forums, and
collaborating on group assignments.
Learning independently means taking the initiative to develop the skills you need to succeed.
Learning to work independently can be challenging to start, but as many seasoned online learners report, learning online can be both meaningful and worthwhile because it affords a level of flexibility, autonomy, and engagement not customarily found in an in-person class.
Learning independently means taking the initiative to develop good
time management and organizational skills
communication and help-seeking skills
reading and writing skills
Being Self-Directed and Staying Motivated
In the typical in-person learning environment, you’ve been able to depend on the teacher to give you one-to-one assistance and to remind you about upcoming assignments. In an online learning environment, however, the onus shifts to you, the learner, to keep up with the readings and lecture recordings so that you can contribute to discussion forums and group assignments. The instructor is present, but more as a guide, to provide the learning materials and the support you may need to meet both the course’s learning outcomes and your personal learning goals.
In addition to learning independently, being self-directed means being willing to seek help when you need it. An unwillingness to ask for help can be demotivating, especially true online, so it is important to actively seek out help when needed.
This short interactive video introduces three important ways to successfully manage your online course and become more self-directed in your learning. The video can easily be watched at 1.5 times the speed and will pause at regular intervals to test your understanding. You cannot skip ahead but you can rewind in ten-second intervals .
Academic Integrity is a cornerstone of all the work you will do at university.
"The International Centre for Academic Integrity proposes six core values to help guide your work, ensuring that it is fair and honest and received in good faith. These core values [honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage] provide an important foundation for the learning you will do and for the fair assessment of the work you produce."
- USask Academic Integrity Tutorial
There is a perception that students in online classes are more likely to cheat.However, some studies suggest that academic dishonesty is more prevalent in face-to-face classes than in online courses, partly due to the ease with which online assignments can be checked for plagiarism3.
Regardless of this perception,learning withintegrity in an online class means following the same rules you would if you were in a face-to-face class and includes,
not seeking to gain an unfair advantage over others,
following all assignment, quiz and exam instructions carefully, and
acknowledging with citations, all information your access from elsewhere, and all collaborative work you engage in with others
If you are ever unsure of the rules, seek clarification by contacting your instructor or Ask Us at the library.