Strategies for Success in the Online Learning Environment

Strategiesfor Success in the Online Learning Environment

Strategiesfor Success in the Online Learning Environment

Forwhat is popularly known today as online learning, has since createdan environment that appeals to students who choose it overtraditional method of learning because of its flexibility andconvenience. In spite of this, online learning environmentexperiences barriers that have overshadowed its success andpreference.

Thereis the case of isolation and social learners. Most of the onlinestudents have trouble with their courses because they are used toworking better in a social setting than individually, online(Anderson, 2008). Because they are social learners, they find it hardmaneuvering through proper learning in an online environment. Again,there is the issue of academic skills and social interaction. Socialinteractions play a greater role in developing academic skills,especially from students exposed to the internet at an early age.There are also independent factors that significantly affected thesestudents’ ratings, which include age, gender, ethnicity, and thekind of learning institution they are in (Anderson, 2008). Ethnicdifferences may affect how they are viewed in terms of how theyhandle studies online. There are institutions that embrace onlinelearning environment, while others prefer traditional methods oflearning.

Strategiesfor successful online learning should include awareness on the kindof information needed before signing up for any online course ofstudy. If at all one enrolls for the course, whether online or at aphysical location, another strategy is to find out the kind oftechnology required, since every learning institution or site hasdifferent requirement (Anderson, 2008). Again, one should makeconnections with other online learners, ask questions, and planfrequent study times. This way, one will be able to participate inforums, online study, and build an online learning community.Finally, one should be an active and engaging participant to onlineopportunities and use of social tools.


Anderson,T. (2008). Theoryand practice of online learning.Edmonton: AU Press.