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Keys to Online Learning

By Kateri Drexler, Carol J. Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 31, 2010


This text is appropriate for online or hybrid Student Success classes, General Education courses delivered online, and as a supplemental resource across the curriculum to prepare students for effective online learning. It addresses strategies specific to the hybrid and online learning environment combined with key components, learning styles and critical thinking, from best-selling Keys to Success to help students be effective across the curriculum.  


Keys to Online Learning addresses though the convenience of online education has enabled greater numbers of students’ access to degree programs, being successful in this environment requires specific skills and strategies. Every element can be fundamentally different for online students (i.e. the presentation of material, classmate and instructor interaction, assessments and activities). Students will learn how to effectively experience the online environment learning process as they decide what, how, and when course materials are accessed.  Reading skills are required for print and onscreen content. Writing is the main form of communication, informally on discussion boards and formal writing skills in academic papers.  Assignments require virtual collaboration, and developing peer relationships requires a different skill set than those used in face-to-face settings.  Online education can make a student more anonymous, so motivation and time management is paramount.  This resource will support online students to develop the aforementioned skills: reading, writing, assignments, and more, infusing learning styles and critical thinking throughout.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Logging In to Success

        Feature:  Analyze:  Rate Yourself as an Onlien Student

Understanding the Online Learning Environment

        Facts and Fictions of Online Learning

        Types of Online Courses

        Feature:  Online Application

        Types of Assignments

        Types of Learning Management Systems

        Setting Yourself Up for Success: Practices of Successful Online Learners

        Prepare for the Path Ahead

        Structure Your Schedule

        Set Priorities

        Develop Discipline and Accountability

        Foster Relationships

        Feature: Online Outlook

        Seek New Skills

        Manage Your Thoughts and Emotions

        Feature:  Create a Quick Plan for Success

        Ask for Help         

        Feature:  Practice


Chapter 2: Managing Time and Priorities

        Feature:  Analyze:  Rate Yourself as a Self-Manager

Setting Goals for Success

        What is a Goal?

        Dealing with Conflicting Goals

        Guidelines for Attainable (SMART) Goals

        Feature:  Create a Path to Success

 Time Management Tools and Strategies

        Schedules and Planners

        Common Electronic Calendar Features

Managing Time in Online Courses

        Manage Email

        Feature:  Online Application

        Feature: Online Outlook

        Manage Discussion Forums

        Manage Course Resources

        Manage Your Non-Educational Computer Time

        Put Off Procrastination

        Develop Good Habits

        Feature:  Practice


Chapter 3: Navigating Learning Strategies

        Feature:  Analyze:  Rate Yourself as a Self-Knowing Learner

Use Assessments to Learn about Yourself

        Assess to Grow, Not to Label

        Types of Assessments

        Feature:  Create a Character

Assess Yourself with the Multiple Intelligences with Pathways to Learning

        Take the Assessment

        Apply the Strategies for Online Learning

Assess Your Style of Interaction with the Personality Spectrum

        Take the Assessment

        Apply the Strategies for Online Learning

        Feature:  Online Outlook

        Feature:  Practice


Chapter 4: Critical Thinking: Programming

        Feature:  Analyze:  Rate Yourself as a Thinker

Becoming a THINKER

        Take apart information

        Hear other perspectives

        Identify False Logic

        Neutralize judgment

        Keep out bias

        Evaluate sources

        Resolve problems

Critical Thinking in Arguments

        Identifying the Conclusion

        Identifying the Premises

        Identifying the Supporting Evidence

        Identifying the Hidden Assumptions

Critical Thinking in an Online Environment

        Strategies for Using Critical Thinking in Threaded Discussions

        Strategies for Searching for Information Online

        Feature:  Online Application

        Feature:  Evaluate Websites

        Feature:  Online Outlook    

        Feature:  Practice


Chapter 5 Uploading Information—Online Reading, Information Literacy, and Study Skills

        Feature:  Rate Yourself as a Reader of Online and Text Materials

Get Ready to Read

        Define Your Purpose

        Be Prepared for a Challenge

        Set Realistic Goals

        Expand Your Vocabulary

        Deal with Internal Distractions

        Prepare for Online Reading

Active Reading Strategies for Critical READERS

        Rapidly Skim

        Evoke Memories

        Apply Critical Thinking

        Determine Main Ideas

        Engage with Others            



Online Reading Challenges

        Complex Material


        Feature:  Create a Summary

        Feature:  Online Application

        Feature:  Online Outlook

        Reading Strategies for Different Learning Styles

        Feature: Practice


Chapter 6 Compressing Information--Note-Taking for Online Courses

        Feature:  Analyze:  Rate Yourself as an Active Student

Basic Note-Taking Techniques

        Deciding on What to Record

        Deciding Where to Keep Notes

        Feature:  Create Abbreviations

Note-Taking Situations

        Note-Taking While Reading

        Note-Taking for Multimedia Presentations

        Feature:  Online Outlook

        Collaborative Note-Taking

Note-Taking Formats


        T-format (Cornell System)

        Think Links

        Feature:  Online Application

        Note-Taking Strategies for Different Learning Styles

        Feature: Practice


Chapter  7: Zooming in on Online Course Assignments and Tests

        Feature: Analyze:  Rate Yourself as a Writer

Tackling Any Assignment

        Before You Begin 

        Approaching Different Types of Assignments

        Feature:  Online Application

        ANSWER the Question                                     

Characteristics of Effective Writing

        Clear Topic

        Good Organization

        Feature:  Create a New Topic

        Writer’s Voice and Material

        Feature:  Online Outlook

        Sentence Variety


        Correct Grammar and Punctuation

        Good Design

Applying Strategies for Different Learning Styles

        Feature: Practice


Chapter 8—Creating e-Portfolios

        Feature: Analyze:  Rate Yourself as a Self-Promoter

Developing Your e-Portfolio

        Purpose of an e-Portfolio

        What to Include

        Feature:  Create a Short Biography

Steps in Creating an e-Portfolio




        Feature:  Online Application



        Feature:  Online Outlook

        Feature: Practice



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