Online Learning Success Skills 85C ( Official )
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Mt. San Antonio College



March 4, 2015



Effective Term:   201310 - Summer 2013

Course ID:

STDY   85C


Online Learning Success Skills



Library and Learning Resources Division


Learning Assistance Department


Study Techniques

Short Title:

Online Learning Skills


Course Status:


Maximum Class Size:




Method of Instruction:



 Work Experience, Occupational


 Work Experience, General

 Lecture and Laboratory

 Open Entry/Exit

 Independent Studies


 Distance Learning (Distance Education Delayed) for online courses

 Distance (Hybrid Online) for online supported courses





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Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

493014 - Study Skills


SAM Priority Code: 



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.




Discipline Placement:

Learning Assistance Instructors

State Transfer Code:

C0 Not Transferable, No Degree

Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

Frequency Offered:





 On Demand

Earn Credit:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats


Transfer Status

Baccalaureate Status is granted by the Educational Design General Education and Baccalaureate Level Subcommittee.

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Course Requisites


Co requisite:


Eligibility for ENG 67 and Eligibility for READ 90


Course Special Designators

Course Description:

Introductory college success course overview for online learning using a brain-based perspective emphasizing success strategies designed to prepare students to take online classes and to introduce students to strategies for online learning.

Course Outline:

Introduction to technology tools
- Technical requirements for online learning
- Technology tools: portals, learning management systems, social networks
- Using technical support services

- Characteristics of a self-directed learner
- Online learning suitability review
- Self-awareness: recognizing your ability to be an independent and a collaborative learner
- Self-management: managing your time to “attend” class virtually and to complete assignments

Successful strategies for online learning
- Teaching styles: hybrid, exclusively online
- Learning preferences

Effective online student engagement
- Essential reading and communication skills
- Appropriate communication strategies
- The value of collaboration in an online environment

Communication mechanisms
- Synchronous versus asynchronous
- Social interactions and appropriate online etiquette
- Online communication tools: discussion threads, email
- Academic systems versus social networks

Identification of effective online resources

Final exam

Lab Outline:

Course Measurable Objectives:

1. Identify appropriate tools necessary for studying and learning effectively online.
2. List characteristics of self-directed learners.
3. Identify specific ways of learning appropriate for online student success.
4. Apply appropriate strategies and tools for interacting with other students in the course.
5. Implement a variety of tools in order to effectively communicate virtually with instructor, peers and group members.
6. Prepare a list of effective online resources.

Course Methods of Evaluation:

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

- One-page written response identifying at least 5 appropriate tools necessary for effectively studying and learning online
- One-page written response identifying characteristics necessary for studying and learning online
- One-page written reflection detailing examples of effective online communication strategies and ineffective approaches to online communication

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

- Wiki presentation on ways of learning online
- Weblog group presentation

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

Not Applicable

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Not Applicable

Sample Assignments:

1. Create a one-page written response identifying at least 5 appropriate tools necessary for effectively studying and learning online, and post your response to the course management system. Review and respond to at least three other students. Your response should consist of a minimum of three sentences.

2. Review your personal time commitments and online course requirements. Create an electronic time management plan that maps your personal, school and work commitments. Your time management plan should map your commitments for up to 3 weeks.

3. Interact with virtual team members to identify and to discuss (in both asynchronous and synchronous environments) the benefits and challenges of academic systems versus social networking systems. As a team, virtually create a weblog that consists of at least 3 posted comments from each team member. Each individual member response must be at least 150 words but no more than 180 words.

4. Using the information we have discussed in our online class related to self-assessment, create a wiki that: a) outlines the main characteristics involved to be a self-directed learner, an independent online learner and a collaborative online learner, and b) describes what your team believes are the strengths and the challenges to self-management in an online environment. Each team member is responsible for contributing a minimum of 1 page to the group wiki. Once all team members have submitted their respective work to the wiki, the team captain will be responsible for notifying the instructor for the final review of the team wiki.


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