Online college students versus college students in a traditional environment

Final Project Outline for COLL100 American Military University

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1. Success based on graduation percentages and attrition rates

1.1. In a case study by CSU presented by Kay (2009), Students that took 100% of their classes online had a slightly lower graduation rate than students who took all of their classes on campus. The date also showed that students that took between 1 - 50 % of their courses online had a significantly higher graduation rate.

2. There are a few similar habits that all students practice. What makes online students study habits different from traditionial learning

2.1. "Taking a small philosophy seminar or a course on modern art may reshape your worldview forever. So, find courses each term that you can celebrate and enjoy" Brader (2011)

2.2. Ceating a schedule is essential for online learning. In a traditional environment you are following the pace of the classroom. In online learning you are going at your own pace.

3. Is there a difference in effective habits used by online students versus college students in a face-to-face classroom setting?

3.1. oEfective Online Learning Strategies Being able to find the appropriate information in a specific setting, such as the library, is hard enough. As stated by Wendguang (2011) “in the network, information is inexhaustible”. Trying to distinguish the size of the internet is unfathomably impossible. The vast majority of information available to students, even more so. The ability to find relevant information is essential for success. Online stduents need to be able to decide what information is necessary, does this information support my project, and whether this information is accurate.

3.2. Effective Face to Faceo Understanding that what your studying isn’t exactly what you are “learning”. “College students gain skills, not expertise” Bader(2011) In a traditional classroom setting you are constantly introduced to varied methods of analyzing information. Your sharing methods with your peers every week whether you want to or not. Summarizing Bader(2011), the information we learn from college does not translate into being an expert on a topic or idea. The skills learned are things such as building confidence working with peers or professors, developing writing and oratory skills, or simply introducing a student to diverse environments and allowing them to completely emerse themselves in a different culture. This strategy helps students in their understanding of what college is. This comprehension of understanding is a great tool particularly effective in a face-to-face environment.

3.3. o Studying is not the same as memorizing (Change). Effectively studying is a lot more than just reading a book or an article and trying to remember that information. You have to understand what your reading. You have to implement different strategies to study effectively

4. Particular strategies result in success. Successful habits in a face-to-face environment have been known for a long time.

4.1. According to Brader(2011) a lot of students try to remember everything when studying. "An educated person is not a phone book, but someone who can make sense of information". This is also stated in

5. While the research shows a slighlty higher graduation rate for traditional college students, it also pointed out that there are many other factors that separate online college students from traditional students.

6. Effective learning strategies in both environments. How do some of these strategies differ ?

6.1. When studying online being at home is very convenient. Ensuring that students afford themselves with a quiet place to study & learn. Newstex (2015)