Here they are! As taken from the Falmouth PGCHE course, themselves adapted and taken from the Illinois Network  What Makes a Successful On-line Student :
1. Be open minded about sharing life, work, and educational experiences as part of the learning process.
2. Be able to communicate through writing
3. Be self-motivated and self-disciplined.
4. Be willing to ‘speak up’ if problems arise.
5. Be willing and able to commit 4 to 15 hours per week per course.
6. Be able to meet the minimum requirements for the course.
7. Accept critical thinking and decision-making as part of the learning process.
8. Have access to a computer and the Internet.
9. Be able to think ideas through before responding.
10. Feel that high quality learning can take place without going to a traditional classroom.
Perhaps much of this is self-evident but it certainly the case that on-line is actually more time consuming and requiring of more genuine commitment perhaps than traditional face-to-face education, requiring much discipline, self-motivation and critical thinking.
In this week’s activities I also really appreciated listening to Federica and Dario’s video podcast about their own experiences of being on-line students as well as tutors. My own experience of the PGCHE course has been helped by working at Falmouth University itself. Chatting with fellow course members who I have come to meet or who I already work with [Tim Leandro, Faye, Phoebe Herring, Paul Mulraney and James Fisher] as well as the great Andy Peisley himself has been really valuable, allowing me [us who study at Falmouth?] to benefit from the real life face-to-face time which I think, perhaps, other students who are genuinely ‘at a distance’, might not have had. Nevertheless, I certainly think that both Fede and Dario have been encouraging course tutors who have really helped all of us in engage with the PGCHE forum, being welcoming and positive in their observations and feedback.
Frederica was interesting on the challenges of establishing a teaching presence on line, which can be achieved partly through the design of the course, but also importantly though how you interact with the students, itself influenced and informed by the type of students that you have [your audience – mature, professionals such as ourselves :)].
I enjoyed Dario’s observation that learners cannot hide and that this, in itself, has an influence on the nature of on-line interaction [versus face-to-face]. Fede’s point about the flexibility of learning on line also cuts both ways – as a tutor being flexible to work anywhere, possibly never in the office even, maybe from abroad. Perhaps one could even envisage being entirely based abroad whist working as on online tutor, residing in, say Provence or Tuscany…. an appealing thought!
Finally Dario’s observations on the non-geographically specific nature of on-line learning and how it encourages more diverse and interesting cohorts [that promotes deeper learning], also echoes the analysis of Gilly Salmon : “One of the most important lessons about cross-cultural interaction is that tolerance and effectiveness emerge from a greater understanding of multiple perspectives and points of view (Osland, Bird, Mendenall 2012].” [2013:61]
This is, surely, one of the major benefits to on-line, distance, global learning.
Illinois Online Network. (2007). What Makes a Successful Online Student? Illinois: Illinois Online Network. Accessed on August 19, 2018, available at: http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/StudentProfile.asp
Salmon, G  E-tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning, Routledge.
Oradini, F & Faniglione, D,  EDU 720 Week 11 videopodcast last accessed 19 August, 2018