Essay on Characteristics Of A Successful Online Learner
The domains of learning and teaching are experiencing great changes as higher-education institutions rapidly adopt the concepts and practices of e-learning. Many universities nowadays, such as those in Taiwan, are starting to provide web-based courses that complement classroom-based courses. (Min-Ling Hung ET el, 2010.). While a traditional student in an on-ground class gets to know his or her fellow classmates and instructor by sharing personal interactions on a regular basis, the online student often "attends class" independently of the instructor or other students. Online classes are "asynchronous," meaning that students and the instructor do not have to be logged into the classroom at any given time. The essence of this study is to explore the characteristics of a successful online learner. Success is impossible without these characteristics.
Over the last few years, researchers have focused on developing a readiness scale for online learning. For example, Smith, Murphy, and Mahoney (2003) conducted a study with college-age students and found two primary factors that predicted student success: self-management of learning and comfort with e-learning. A review of this study, however, reveals that these scales and measures of assessing learners’ readiness do not comprehensively cover other dimensions that are critical to online learning and that include technical skills and learner control. (Min-Ling Hung ET el, 2010.). Many factors contribute to…