1. You have to have a sense of self. Successful learners online have an awareness of metacognition — self-motivation, self-starting, and ownership of one’s actions. In other words, they reflect on how they learn as well as what they learn.
2. You need to be able to manage your time wisely. You must be able to lay out your tasks with a critical eye, plan them accordingly, and follow them through to fruition — many times without someone looking over your shoulder.
3. You have GOT to know how to collaborate. This is a biggie. More than an understanding of technology, more than a perfection of writing skills, the ability to collaborate is one that must be used comfortably online.
4. You need to be able to set goals for yourself. Being able to see the target and backwards plan towards that target is vital.
5. You need to communicate well in writing. The entire online community is based on the language of words and how to communicate them effectively. One cannot use texting language and expect to be heard. Try your best to use your best level of writing.
6. You must follow the MAST community rules! Just like your classroom’s have sets of rules, so does an online class. You must function within the norms and rules of netiquette set up by your teachers.
7. You must be your own advocate! “If not you, then who?” So does it go with being one’s own advocate. If you won’t ask the questions, take control, and make sure your voice is heard in a positive way…then who will?