Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

From the Field: Characteristics of Successful Tertiary Online Students and Strategies of Experienced Online Educators

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2002

Keywords

stance education, online learning, student success, online strategies, tertiary education

Publication Title

Education and Information Technologies

ISSN

1360-2357

Volume

7

Issue/No.

1

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Online learning, now a popular method of education at the tertiary level, creates new challenges for students and educators. Faculty members may know little about how to assist students in succeeding in this new learning environment, and students may be ill prepared to tackle the new demands put upon them. This research sought to identify dimensions of successful online learners by examining primary screening documents and mapping them to the literature base, and then invited experienced online educators to review the dimensions and provide strategies they use to ensure student success. Seven dimensions were identified and confirmed as significant, each dimension with slightly different importance, including access to tools; technology experience; learning preferences; study habits and skills; goals or purposes; lifestyle factors; and personal traits and characteristics. The experienced educators provided several online teaching strategies including students' posting biographies; frequent interaction; collaboration; required participation; question-asking forums; topical flexibility; and minimizing technology requirements.

DOI

10.1023/A:1015354423055

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