Comment on: Helping Students Communicate Effectively Online | Origin: EL105 | originally posted by EL Chair

The course stated students need the following:

  • open mindedness
  • communication (written and verbal)
  • self-motivation
  • self-discipline
  • time management
  • computer competency
  • critical thinking
  • teamwork

Of all of these skills, I've most often seen good students fail when they lack self-motivation, self-discipline, and time management. It's very frustrating to me as an instructor when a student habitually turns in A work late. This is especially frustrating in discussions because their work is of high quality and would have enhanced the discussion for the entire class if it had been posted on time. That's an aspect of teamwork that you don't think about initially -- discussions are, in a sense, a team activity and when you fall short there, you hurt the entire class.

Nancy Tosh