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1 Managing your study

As an online learner, you are responsible for managing the majority of your own study time. Like all online learners, you need to be able to work around other commitments, such as work and family. Your time for study may be limited, so you need to make decisions about when and where to study. This requires you – like the students you teach online – to be an independent or self-directed learner.

Being an independent online learner means:

‘being able to manage your time effectively, juggle lots of demands on you, meet deadlines, cooperate with other students effectively, use a computer to promote your learning.’

(The Open University, 2013, Section 9)

Activity 1 Independent learners

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

The video shows some online students describing how they manage to combine study with work and childcare, and the physical and mental space that they create in order to be able to do this.

As you watch the video, or read the transcript, look for evidence that the students are independent learners. List the constraints on your own study time and note which of these, if any, are likely to apply to your students as well.

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Common constraints on online study are existing work and carer commitments. Other considerations include access to appropriate technology, a good internet connection, and a study space where it is possible to work undisturbed.