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Similar to a marathon, a participating runner wouldn’t embark on a 26 mile journey without some sort of preparation (well, hopefully not). The same follows for students, or in this case, an “online learner”. Pre-learning activities help prepare students for the details of the lesson, getting them connected and motivated.
An example, according to the results of “Preparing for Distance Learning: Designing An Online Student Orientation Course“, a common theme among instructor responses was the misperception among students regarding the demand, time management, level of interaction, and frequency of contact required in online courses.
The misperception resulted in many discrepancies between students and faculty.
(Tips from “Preparing Students for Elearning“)
Also it is worthy to let students know about:
In conclusion, there is a clear need for adequate student preparation prior to embarking an online course. Pre-learning activities should strive to address and educate students, providing clear communication. Do you incorporate any of these pre-learning activities? If so, which ones? Do you have any additional pre-learning activities and tips?