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This text is appropriate for online or hybrid Student Success classes, General Education courses delivered online, and as a supplemental resource across the curriculum to prepare students for effective online learning. It addresses strategies specific to the hybrid and online learning environment combined with key components, learning styles and critical thinking, from best-selling Keys to Success to help students be effective across the curriculum.

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This text is appropriate for online or hybrid Student Success classes, General Education courses delivered online, and as a supplemental resource across the curriculum to prepare students for effective online learning. It addresses strategies specific to the hybrid and online learning environment combined with key components, learning styles and critical thinking, from best-selling Keys to Success to help students be effective across the curriculum.

Keys to Online Learning addresses though the convenience of online education has enabled greater numbers of students’ access to degree programs, being successful in this environment requires specific skills and strategies. Every element can be fundamentally different for online students (i.e. the presentation of material, classmate and instructor interaction, assessments and activities). Students will learn how to effectively experience the online environment learning process as they decide what, how, and when course materials are accessed. Reading skills are required for print and onscreen content. Writing is the main form of communication, informally on discussion boards and formal writing skills in academic papers. Assignments require virtual collaboration, and developing peer relationships requires a different skill set than those used in face-to-face settings. Online education can make a student more anonymous, so motivation and time management is paramount. This resource will support online students to develop the aforementioned skills: reading, writing, assignments, and more, infusing learning styles and critical thinking throughout.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is the best text I have seen for students which incorporated learning skills and study strategies for being successful in an online environment. I feel that the text can benefit those students taking online courses, but also those students who take any course where there are online components to the course, or any online research course requirements.”

--Diane Eisenberg, Chapman University

“The exercises and surveys in this text are far better and to the point than is the case with other texts in the field. The greatest strength is the clear and concise writing style. It is a pleasure to read this text. The chapters I read were extremely well organized and written. The text flowed naturally from one topic to another, was not too jargon-heavy and was interesting and intriguing even to someone who was one of the earliest adopters of online and multimedia technologies. Excellent manuscript. It is well written, contextualizes well and covers every topic in a thoughtful and readable manner.”

--Jeremy Dunning, Ph.D., Indiana University

“The tone is consistently accessible for the target student audience and is written in a motivating, engaging style. The greatest strength of the writing is the regular tendency to provide concrete examples and applications of the theoretical topics.”
--Mark Brasher, ITT Technical Institute, Online

“This is a book that helps students understand the challenges and develop the skills necessary to thrive in an online learning environment”

--William Shultz, Ph.D., Walden University

“It is the first text I’ve seen with a clear focus on the online learning environment and strategies for online learning success.” —Lisa Taylor-Galizia, Carteret Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321858061
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kateri Drexler has been designing online applications for students for over fifteen years. As the President of Global Learning Solutions, Inc. Kateri oversees the creation of interactive and engaging online courses, labs, and simulations. Prior to venturing into the online world, she was a professor of business administration and has authored or co-authored twelve texts in the field of student success.

Kateri is dedicated to discovering what drives and enables students to learn. When a high school biology teacher challenged her to raise her own standards significantly, beyond what she thought possible, it changed the course of her future. Since then, she has studied how others can benefit from finding their own driving force and mastering learning skills by making small adjustments in habits and practices. She has traveled extensively around the world; living and working in Africa, Asia, South America and the U.S. helping thousands of students take control of the factors and forces that shape their lives.

She is a consultant with the U.S. Department of State for governmental ministries and heads of businesses in developing countries in terms of strategic development. Books include: Strategies for the Future Professional, Strategies for Building on Your Best, Icons of Business Volume I, Icons of Business Volume II, Strategies for the Future Professional, Strategies for Active Citizenship, Strategies for Technical Professionals; Pathways to Success Volumes I- III. She was the Media Director for the Keys SERIES, developed several Instructor’s Manuals, the Student Success Supersite, and media for use with Keys and other texts, online courses for Student Success. Kateri holds an MBA.

Carol Carter began college knowing she was “behind the 8-ball” in terms of her skills. What she lacked in experience, she made up for with elbow grease and persistence. The work paid off and she graduated college with honors and a desire to help other students. carol's company, LifeBound, is her classroom. each year, she works with ten to fifteen interns and graduates who help her develop ideas whic, in turn, help students in college and school districts around the country. As President of LifeBound, she teaches study, interpersonal, and career skills to middle school and high school students to help them become competitive in today’s global world and to create better prepared freshman entering college. She also trains and teaches faculty in Academic Coaching. Learn more at ot follow Carol on Twitter.

Her first book, Majoring in the Rest of Your Life, launched her writing career and opened the door to her work on the Keys to Success Series. Her blog site is

Joyce Bishop has taught college students for more than twenty-two years. After struggling with a learning disability as a student, she went on to earn a PhD in psychology. Right now, she is in her dream job as a staff development coordinator at Golden West COllege, traning faculty in learning strategies and online teaching techniques while still teaching three classes. in 2008 Joyce received the Hayward Award, a state teachinga ward.

Joyce co-founded the Pathways to Independence non-profit foundation for poor young women from abusive backgrounds. While the young women have come from backgorunds as diverse as prison or extreme poverty, the program has sent 225 of them to college and 195 have graduated into gainful employment. This photo is of Joyce with one of the Pathways graducates, Valerie, who obtained her degree in nursing and is now working at a major university hospital.

Sarah Lyman Kravits lives the strategies for success she writes about. As an author and mother of three children aged 11, 9, and 5, she faces the challenges of managing time and fulfilling responsibilities (not to mention eating right and getting enough sleep). In her writing and research, she works to stay creative and keep up with technology and the growth of knowledge. In her work with colleagues all over the country, she strives for integrity, effective communication, productive teamwork, and flexibility. Finally, in her current role as a breast cancer patient, she uses goal achievement and stress management strategies every single day to get through a host of new and unexpected challenges.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Logging In to Success

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as an Onlien Student

Understanding the Online Learning Environment

Facts and Fictions of Online Learning

Types of Online Courses

Feature: Online Application

Types of Assignments

Types of Learning Management Systems

Setting Yourself Up for Success: Practices of Successful Online Learners

Prepare for the Path Ahead

Structure Your Schedule

Set Priorities

Develop Discipline and Accountability

Foster Relationships

Feature: Online Outlook

Seek New Skills

Manage Your Thoughts and Emotions

Feature: Create a Quick Plan for Success

Ask for Help

Feature: Practice

Chapter 2: Managing Time and Priorities

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Self-Manager

Setting Goals for Success

What is a Goal?

Dealing with Conflicting Goals

Guidelines for Attainable (SMART) Goals

Feature: Create a Path to Success

Time Management Tools and Strategies

Schedules and Planners

Common Electronic Calendar Features

Managing Time in Online Courses

Manage Email

Feature: Online Application

Feature: Online Outlook

Manage Discussion Forums

Manage Course Resources

Manage Your Non-Educational Computer Time

Put Off Procrastination

Develop Good Habits

Feature: Practice

Chapter 3: Navigating Learning Strategies

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Self-Knowing Learner

Use Assessments to Learn about Yourself

Assess to Grow, Not to Label

Types of Assessments

Feature: Create a Character

Assess Yourself with the Multiple Intelligences with Pathways to Learning

Take the Assessment

Apply the Strategies for Online Learning

Assess Your Style of Interaction with the Personality Spectrum

Take the Assessment

Apply the Strategies for Online Learning

Feature: Online Outlook

Feature: Practice

Chapter 4: Critical Thinking: Programming

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Thinker

Becoming a THINKER

Take apart information

Hear other perspectives

Identify False Logic

Neutralize judgment

Keep out bias

Evaluate sources

Resolve problems

Critical Thinking in Arguments

Identifying the Conclusion

Identifying the Premises

Identifying the Supporting Evidence

Identifying the Hidden Assumptions

Critical Thinking in an Online Environment

Strategies for Using Critical Thinking in Threaded Discussions

Strategies for Searching for Information Online

Feature: Online Application

Feature: Evaluate Websites

Feature: Online Outlook

Feature: Practice

Chapter 5 Uploading Information—Online Reading, Information Literacy, and Study Skills

Feature: Rate Yourself as a Reader of Online and Text Materials

Get Ready to Read

Define Your Purpose

Be Prepared for a Challenge

Set Realistic Goals

Expand Your Vocabulary

Deal with Internal Distractions

Prepare for Online Reading

Active Reading Strategies for Critical READERS

Rapidly Skim

Evoke Memories

Apply Critical Thinking

Determine Main Ideas

Engage with Others



Online Reading Challenges

Complex Material


Feature: Create a Summary

Feature: Online Application

Feature: Online Outlook

Reading Strategies for Different Learning Styles

Feature: Practice

Chapter 6 Compressing Information--Note-Taking for Online Courses

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as an Active Student

Basic Note-Taking Techniques

Deciding on What to Record

Deciding Where to Keep Notes

Feature: Create Abbreviations

Note-Taking Situations

Note-Taking While Reading

Note-Taking for Multimedia Presentations

Feature: Online Outlook

Collaborative Note-Taking

Note-Taking Formats


T-format (Cornell System)

Think Links

Feature: Online Application

Note-Taking Strategies for Different Learning Styles

Feature: Practice

Chapter 7: Zooming in on Online Course Assignments and Tests

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Writer

Tackling Any Assignment

Before You Begin

Approaching Different Types of Assignments

Feature: Online Application

ANSWER the Question

Characteristics of Effective Writing

Clear Topic

Good Organization

Feature: Create a New Topic

Writer’s Voice and Material

Feature: Online Outlook

Sentence Variety


Correct Grammar and Punctuation

Good Design

Applying Strategies for Different Learning Styles

Feature: Practice

Chapter 8—Creating e-Portfolios

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Self-Promoter

Developing Your e-Portfolio

Purpose of an e-Portfolio

What to Include

Feature: Create a Short Biography

Steps in Creating an e-Portfolio




Feature: Online Application



Feature: Online Outlook

Feature: Practice

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