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How Students Develop Online Learning Skills Roper
Actively listening to one’s peers is a way to effectively analyze and process information online.
As the founder of College Advising Hour, I focus on a topic that seems to be increasingly important for students: how students develop digital literacy skills.
For many people, it’s a main concern when they are looking to go to college and plan on taking online courses and mastering new online learning platforms. They are curious about how this will change their learning styles, how it might benefit them and how they can utilize these online technologies to earn credits for different programs.
I would like to share with you some additional information, skills and tools that are important to have in order to be successful with any technology — and even better online education.
Ways to Develop Digital Literacy Skills
Actively listening to one’s peers is a way to effectively analyze and process information online. Regardless of whether it’s been done in an online class or you’re trying to learn a new language and need to interact with someone in real life, you need to put the appropriate amount of effort into getting information out of your peers and keep in mind the entire process of transferring concepts and ideas to different levels.
To do this effectively, you need to make an effort to understand the personalities of your peers and ask them questions that relate to topics that they’re experiencing and that make sense for their learning styles. Ask your peers questions such as how do you feel about certain theories, why do you think that this is a problem and a how can you solve it? You need to allow the conversation to go to the point and find the answers from your peers.
Digital skills are also important if you want to learn programming languages. It is difficult to program a program properly without critical thinking, and as you learn programming languages, you have the opportunity to interact with other students. Make sure that you know the difference between different programming languages and ways that you will communicate with other students and what the connections between them are. You may be able to form a deep conversation about programming, and learn and understand how to design program programs in a different way.
Making your unique voice and personality is another important digital literacy skill. Having people around you to give you constructive feedback and feedback on how to improve yourself is essential when you’re trying to succeed with online learning.
You will need to interact with people who are of the same age as you, but understand different ways of learning and appreciate different ways of expressing yourself. The space for interaction on online platforms and social media channels makes it easy to get ideas from others and ask questions. Asking your peers questions, asking for suggestions and about areas you want to explore and develop is also the best way to avoid getting stuck in a conversation that is not something you want to discuss for a long time and feel like you need to write a response to it, instead of you listening to one-sided solutions and then finally completing a project that is not what you want to do.
Maintain Your Identity
Another important digital literacy skill is maintaining your identity. One way of doing this is to keep all of your Facebook accounts secure. It would be helpful if there was a way that you could keep your account activity private and only tell your friend list about the different things that you are working on.
To be an independent expert online, you need to keep your core skills up-to-date in online programs. One way to do this is to develop online tasks that you take your lessons on during the week. There are many resources and online apps that will help you maintain a sense of self-awareness while you get information and then do activities to help you complete the assignments to achieve your end goal.
An important way of networking and interacting with other students is to attend conferences where students are speaking about how they have dealt with different aspects of online learning. Bring the website for what you are interested in and or topics that will interest your peers as well as the website for your own course. Share ideas of how you might engage the other students. At these events, you will have the opportunity to network and learn from your peers about new ways of interacting and their various strategies to deal with students and overcoming obstacles when it comes to online learning.
To learn more, watch this Hallmark Christmas movie about a teen learning to navigate new online technology.