Episode #49: Online Learning for College Students, What Sucks, What Can Be Done

September 27, 2016
Welcome to Week #4
The lifelong learner concept
Quick tip
It’s all about the professor. Don’t just sign up for a course with a professor you’ve never heard of if at all possible. How good a professor is will usually impact your interest in course, which impacts overall grade.
Topic of the day from r/college
What’s the most interesting college class you’ve taken and why?
Today’s Topic: Online Learning
  • A passion of mine, as evidenced by the goal I set on this podcast in the Spring
  • A brief history of my online learning experience
    • Back when I was a student…
    • My teaching experiences
    • Ace Your Online Class
    • My view of the future of online learning
    • How online learning ties into value/leverage/sustainability for me
  • Online Learning vs. Traditional Learning
  • What You Need to be a Good Online Student
  • Some Strategies, Tips, and Tricks I want to share
    • It’s all about routine
    • Schedule when you read, answer forums, take exams etc
    • If the class has a routine, customize yours to match
    • Forum tips
    • Content tips
    • LMS tips
  • How you can get more tips and strategies via taking my course at a discount
Home Exercise
  • How does online learning relate to your goal this semester? It might not currently, but is there a way you can leverage any low cost/free online resources? Think about the lifelong learner.
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
  1. Write down you goal for this semester. It should be one single goal, something you really, really want, and something you can achieve in 3 months.
  2. Now that you have a goal, it’s time to map it out. Begin to break the goal down in chunks. Each chunk can be broken down further into steps (not all at once if you don’t want). Give at least one chunk a deadline.
  3. Take something you’ve been procrastinating on, and “put it to bed.” Either do it, or figure out why you’re not doing it, and take care of that issue. Or don’t do it, and be fine with the fact that you’ve changed directions, or it’s really not due yet.
If you have mental health issues and a success story to tell (current college student or former), I’d like to interview you about your goal achievement quest, the struggles/adversity you faced, as well the recovery strategies you learned, let me know!
Are you a college student who is brand new to online learning? Or maybe you struggled in your first go-around with your online course and can’t figure out the mindset behind online learning? Please be sure to check out this course I made: https://aceyouronlineclass.thinkific.com Price is now $19, podcast listeners may email me for a coupon code for an additional $9 off, so get at me!
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Thanks to Rob Cavallo for today’s music. For more information about him or the music you heard today, you can email: peloquin17@yahoo.com

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