Monthly Archives: November 2015

Well Said!: How to Get More Out of Your Online Course Discussions

In an online course, discussion boards take the place of many of the face-to-face interactions that students have with their professors and their fellow students. These forums are more than just a place to socialize–they’re one of the key places you get to show what you know, ask questions, and engage with the course material in a deeper and more dynamic manner.

As such, part of getting the most out of your course and making a good impression (not to mention getting a good grade), is crafting posts and responses that are of high quality.

Well, you may be thinking, that’s easy to say, but not so easy to do. And you’re right in that it will take some effort, but the benefits—deeper learning and stronger relationships with classmates and instructors to name a few–can be well worth the challenge. And like anything, the more you practice, the easier it will get.

So where do you begin? Let’s start with the basics.

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Overcoming the 5 Biggest Barriers to Success Facing Online Learners

The ability to take courses online makes it possible for many students who would not otherwise be able to take courses to do so. But while online learning does offer many benefits, it still comes with a number of challenges, especially to students who may be new to the format.

Earlier this year, Cengage conducted a survey that asked instructors what the biggest barriers to student success were in their courses. Here, we lay out the top five as well as some tips and tools to help you overcome these challenges and be a more confident and successful online student here at COD and beyond.

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