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- Motivation and Self-Discipline - There is often no set schedule - you must make real commitment to your assignments and deadlines. Remind yourself often why you are in school and what you want to accomplish.
- Time Management - Use the calendar in gmail or any task list that will notify you like "Remember the Milk." Print out the course schedule and enter the dates into an online calendar.
- Effective and Appropriate Communication - Even though you are online, your classes are an academic environment; communicate accordingly.
- Engagement - Be an active learner. You have to take responsibility for your education. Ask questions. Ask questions in the forums where other students will benefit from the answers, and don't be afraid to answer questions either.
- Collaboration - Forming online study groups and participating in discussions online can make all the difference in an online course. The connections you make are as important as what you learn.
I am unsatisfied with our "tech skills" list too. Lots of emphasis on software and not enough on what you would use it for. We need to teach students how to be effective in MOOCs, mlearning and other platforms and educational environments - not just the online learning model of the 90s.
What would you add to this list? What habits make your students successful? Add them to the comments or email me and I will include them in the list.