nts require skills that enhance their capacity to understand, analyze data, solve problems and communicate their ideas to others, which is necessary for collaboration in Park University. According to Hanson-Smith, and Rilling, such skills are fundamental to the success of the contemporary knowledge society (363). Nevertheless, most of the students do not possess these skills and the educators are not informed regarding the necessary steps to take to improve online learning. The students’ needs that should be addressed include;
Effective communication through the utilization of the various tools available such as audio, visual, computer graphics and various design software. The students should also be exposed to the use of emerging communication environments such as the World Wide Web, electronic mail and social networking sites among other interactive strategies.
Analyzing and interpreting information obtained from various sources including the World Wide Web. Much of the information obtained from websites is usually raw and requires skills for selection of only what is useful for the students and discarding the irrelevant data. They need skills to gather the right information, make comparisons, evaluate and interpret information to make it useful in their learning endeavors.
Computational modeling is a significant skill that allows students to cope with the difficult tasks in various subjects. They need to understand a range of systems for data representation, which include; mathematical models and simulations as well as various computer programs that can be used for problem solving. The assumptions that form the basis of the models as well as their effectiveness and limitations need to be known by the students to enhance their problem solving skills.
Time management is also important since it allows students to accomplish tasks on time and with ease. Improvements in learning at Park University can be achieved through promoting skills in task management and