The Attributes of Successful Distance Learners
A distance learner can be of any age, have attained any education level and have a variety of educational needs. One pervasive characteristics of the distance learner is an increased commitment to teach (Simonson et al, 2009).
Distance learning can be very challenging most time depending on how it is handled. Simonson et al (2009) sated that motivation is the key attribute to maintain and be a good distance learner. A successful distance learner must be goal-oriented to be able to achieve its objective in distance education. A good distance learner don't require anybody to motivate and encourage them, they independently conduct different assignments and projects. They make the planning accordingly so that they can easily complete different tasks within time ( Garcis, H. (2010). A distance learner can be a successful learner if he/she has the skill of time management. Time management is all about organizing ones-self in order to make the best use of your time meaningfully and become more effective (Edison, 2007). The learner always thrive to avoid time –wasting and learn the various time techniques that will suits him/her best. Successful distance students identify appropriate times and locations for studying. After estimating the amount of required study time, effective learners review their weekly activities and commit that time to their schedules. Study locations are free from interruptions and distractions (University of Otago, 2011).Another attribute of a successful distance learner is self-disciplined. It is the basic need of a learner to be successful in learning in distance environment. Taking distance education courses requires a real commitment and self-discipline to keep up with the flow of the process. Effective distance learners become and stay responsible for them (University of Otago, 2011).
Research indicates that interpersonal and communication skills and fluency in the use of collaborative online learning technologies are critical competencies for the online learner (Dabbagh & Bannan-Ritland, 2005,). Williams (2003) found that interpersonal- and communication-related skills (which include writing skills) dominated the top 10 general competencies across all roles in distance education programs supp