17
Jan
11

Week One: Researching & Responding “Online Success”

Learning is Success. Success in online studies has a great many aspects the contributors and the participants must master. I will be discussing two online sources that I believe will aid my readers in understanding how to be successfull with online education.
Sources:
How to Succeed as an Online Student
http://distancelearn.about.com/od/distancelearning101/a/studentsuccess.htm ( 30 minute read and study)
Simpleology 101: The Simple Science of Getting What You
Want http://www.simpleology.com  ( about 20 plus hours of video and audio that you will want to master over the course of about six months)

Before you start any online academic enterprise, you have to set up within your own personal framework the simple science of getting what you want. Then create a plan with a step wise approach to taking your vision to reality. Know there will be bumps in the road, rocks in the shoes, tears from the heart-breaks, and other exceptions. Reality checks will tell you that plans will change to keep your navigation toward the goal.

Together these two articles give a great starting point for anyone considering online class. Yes, depending on your virtual IQ for online social networks and search engines, there will be some culture shock for those not raised in a diet of trons that empower you to become a netizens from birth. For those there are many ways to acquire that knowledge and the technology under $2000. In fact your schools financial office may be able to help you with a one time loan for a computer system (hardware and the software) for your online tool set.

The Simpleology Team does a great job of mix low resolution flash animations to assist the view/reader in the process of memory creation. Relational mapping and recall are important aspects of learning. Anything you can do in a real classroom can now be accomplished online with the necessary systemizations. The virtual quads are now invading the blogosphere with an army of students and academic scholars to learn and to harness the power of online content that builds relationships.

If I had to provide a score for these two online articles I would have to say they are priceless. Such value only exists for the one who will take the time to emerse themselves into the process, apply the means with the given methods in your personal real world plan that only you can create for your academic success. Additionally, I did take the quiz my Professor Santoy suggested. It was a great quiz with immediate feedback as to your position in a point spread 0 to 32. I scored 32 (https://www.waol.org/prospective_students/isonlineforme.aspx) :

Great! Your score was 32 points.
Based on your responses, you’re a good candidate for online learning. You have a good combination of study skills,
equipment, and personal attributes necessary to succeed in an online course.

I believe the real value of that quiz is the prospect-student will do a personal inventory without fear of criticism from others about their technical knowledge or personal study habits necessary for success online. The most difficult task for me in online course is parsing the various writing styles and presentation structures into a well-defined time-line. I have learned this past year to use a single calendar tool to merge all my task steps into my day planner with alerts and deliverable lists. I hope to also learn to merge dock my master calendar into all my personal digital gear (iPhone, iPad, iPods, PCs, etc.). For those who master their budgets of time and space, the electronic day planning with a master calendar sync is a must do it now. Get a Nike attitude, “Just do it.”

A great resource for me as a young field service engineer back in the early 1980s was a seminar based on Dr. Alec MacKenzie’s book “The Time Trap”. Newer editions are available at Amazon and other fine online book providers (see below). This book will make you a red belt in defending your time and material budgets from killer sabotage that can wreck your success. If you truly do not want success in your life then you must avoid ever setting eyes on these privileged documents. And you will want to delete your cache of this invitation to become greater than you are now. Please find your delete key before you are infected with any notions of success. For those who do want success then these documents with rich media are a must to read, study, and master these tools for your future success.

To summarize this journey of online content with a focus on success for online students, I can state my taking the free course content from Simpleology 101 was in 2009. I initiated a plan for my return to college. January 2010 was my first college moments. The daily juggle of schedules, resources in terms of cash outlay, budgets for both time & money would not have been successful without the application the KISS principles for planning and actualizing the plan. Any student can tell the pressures of last-minute conflict resolution requires diplomacy to negotiate the resolution so that all parties win. Any student 16 and older will benefit from these online resources. My time as a student has spanned more than fifty years. I know if you apply the lessons from these resources that you will be successful. Set your browser to the links above and start you success engines to roll toward that degree today. 

Be the Greatest,

Liam

Inside Simpleology 101

The Time Trap:  http://www.amazon.com/Time-Trap-Classic-Book-Management/dp/081447926X ( a great read and study with solutions and strategies you can master along with your studies of Simpleology 101 courseware.)

Amazon.com Review:

Since it was first published, The Time Trap, by internationally known authority Alec Mackenzie, has indeed become The Classic Book on Time Management, as proclaimed in its subtitle. Based on the theory that self-management is the key to handling the time crunch that we all face, it focuses primarily on Mackenzie’s 20 biggest time wasters, such as telephone interruptions, the inability to say “no,” and personal disorganization, and offers clear step-by-step ways to combat them. The updated third edition also includes information on time problems caused by technology, downsizing, and self-employment.
 
 
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