The Pioneer Post

The Pioneer Post is a resource for online students that provides tips and information about distance education.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

By Stephanie Cooley

Hi! Welcome to my first attempt to write a blog. I have worked in the Distance Learning Center for 10 years but I usually take care of things behind the scenes—purchasing, invoicing, databases, and web corrections—real fascinating stuff! I love reading and thought I might like to try my hand at writing. The administrators here in the DLC are always encouraging us to broaden our skill set, so I will be writing a series of articles with tips for distance learners.

I was looking for a way to aggregate the information. I want to advocate good ideas that will help you acclimate to the distance learning environment. Maybe I can even alleviate some of the fears you have about learning online. I anticipate that this will be a lot of fun!

OK—I know that wasn’t very subtle but I kept running across words that ended in “–ate” so I decided to build a series of tips using those words as my theme. Get ready for… The Great ‘-ate’s.


This is useful both before and after you enroll in a program. There is so much you need to investigate! We are going to assume that you already know the degree that you are interested in. You need to spend time investigating the schools that offer your program at a distance. Make sure you are applying to an accredited school. UW-Platteville is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Look at the courses offered in your program of interest. Many schools give course descriptions on their web sites. Some, like the UWP Distance Learning Center, even list more detailed information about their courses, like the number of exams, assignments, and projects that are associated with a course. Make sure the courses associated with your program sound like something you would be interested in learning.

If you are already in a program, you still need to do some investigating. Get input from your fellow students about courses they liked and disliked. Or ask about problem spots in required courses that might mean more study time should be added to your schedule. Learning at a distance does not mean you are learning alone. Remember to investigate!

UP NEXT… Coordinate

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