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Online Learning Success:
Self-Paced Tutorial
Written by Gayle L. Fornataro, Virtual Valley Student Success Coordinator

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Table of Contents:  

1. Welcome
2. Lesson One: What to Expect
3. Lesson Two: Am I Ready for an Online Class
4. Lesson Three: Time Management
5. Lesson Four: Participating in Online Discussions
6. Lesson Five: What is Plagiarism
7. Lesson Six: Ergonomics
8. Glossary

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Take Online Classes at Virtual Valley!

  1. You can go to class in your pajamas!
  2. Review course materials at your own speed!
  3. Get to know your teacher and classmates while being part of an
    electronic community!
  4. Online classes use the most up-to-date information and materials!
  5. Our classes are taught with ETUDES, which stands for “Easy-to-Use-
    Distance Education Software!”
  6. Helpful, friendly support team!
  7. Online learning Is student-centered!
  8. Flexible hours -- Go to class at 4:00 a.m. while the kids are asleep!
  9. Transportation is a snap -- No traffic! Never take the bus to school
    again! Save money on gas!
  10. Caring and knowledgeable faculty!

Above all, rest assured that you will learn the same things and be held to the same standards of excellence in on online class as you are in a traditional, face-to-face classroom. 

Our Virtual Valley online classes use ETUDES, which stands for "East-to-Use Distance Education Software." The ETUDES Tutorial will show you how to use some of the most important features of the ETUDES system.

This self-paced tutorial will give you a good idea if online classes are right for you as well as prepare you to be successful in any online class you take.

Here are the lessons in this tutorial.

Lesson Topics:

  1. What Can I Expect from my Online Classes?
    1. What can I expect from my online classes?
    2. What will be expected of me?
    3. Whst can I expect from my instructor?
    4. Can I work at my own pace?
    5. Keys to Sucess
  2. Am I Ready toTtake an Online class?
    1. What computer skills will I need?
    2. What computer equipment will I need?
    3. What personal qualities or motivation will I need?
    4. Readiness quiz
    5. Helpful Links
    6. Keys to Success
  3. Time Management
    1. Overview
    2. Resources
    3. Keys to Success
  4. Participating in Online Discussions and Chats
    1. Benefits and Challenges
    2. Threaded Discussions
    3. Netiquette
    4. What Do I Say?
    5. The Chat Room
    6. Keys to Success
  5. Plagiarism
    1. What is Plagiarism?
    2. Resources
    3. Keys to Success
  6. Ergonomics
    1. What is Ergonomics?
    2. Resources
    3. Keys to Success
  7. Glossary

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