How to Learn Online

Learn essential strategies for successful online learning

How to Learn Online

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Starts May 17
Ends Aug 31
Estimated 2 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed

About this course

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Designed for those who are new to elearning, this course will prepare you with strategies to be a successful online learner.

The edX learning design team has curated some of the most powerful, science-backed techniques which you can start using right away and on any learning platform.

This course will help you answer the following questions:

  • How do I take notes during live or recorded instruction? What’s the difference?
  • What’s the point of discussions and how should I participate in them to get the most value?
  • What can I do if I have trouble concentrating or lack time to complete assignments?
  • What is the ideal study environment?

At a glance

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • Self-care techniques that will help you maintain a healthy mind for effective online learning.

  • Time management with the help of some common technology.

  • Key learning strategies backed by research from edX partners.

  • Build strong connections with fellow learners and your instructors.

  • Setup your work area in order to focus and be a successful online learner.

Welcome - We start with opportunities to meet your instructors and fellow learners.

Self-care for Learning - In this module, we then explore baseline self-care strategies that will help you maintain a healthy mind for effective online learning, the connections between memory and learning, and the importance of sleep.

Space, Time, and Technology - In this module we address the challenges involved with creating a space for learning, including managing your technology. We also cover techniques for time management and keeping a routine.

Learning Strategies - This module will help you get the most out your online learning experience. We cover effective study strategies and practices, making plans and setting priorities, and practicing self-regulation skills.

Communication and Community - In this module, we talk about the importance of social learning. We cover strategies for communication, collaborating, and building connections with your instructors and fellow learners.

What's Next? - Get started learning online!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Is this course about learning on edX, as opposed to other learning sites?

A: No, you can apply the strategies and use the tools we share on any learning site.