As an online learner, the main challenge anticipated is a feeling of isolation from the instructor and the rest of the classroom (Lynn, 2008). When receiving new learning instructions or the instructor is introducing a new concept, one-on-one instruction offered through face-to-face interaction is more effective compared to email, telephone, or web discussion boards. Consequently, the little instructional support experienced may result in miscommunication that could be frustrating as I struggle with course materials. Additionally, I will be confined to independent learning that calls for additional reading and writing (Lynn, 2008). Besides being a new student, I anticipate that my unfamiliarity with distance educational technologies at Walden will continue to be a source of discomfort given my fear of the unknown and uncertainty in my abilities to learn without physical instructions. This may change with time, but will continue to pose challenges for now.
Identify one strategy and one resource/tool from the Learning Resources that may contribute to a successful online learning experience. Explain how you might use the strategy and resource/tool to enable you to overcome the concerns or challenges described.
The ‘collaborate and connect’ online resource couple with engaged and vibrant participation in information, ideas, and opinions exchange will promote my knowledge and understanding of classroom concepts (Walden University, 2014). For instance, a miscommunication can be clarified from online discussions, while I can also benefit from the inputs of other students regarding the same concept. In addition, collaboration and connection with classmates will improve my understanding of classroom concepts such that I can contribute and follow my classmate’s conversation. To overcome the technology challenge, collaboration and connection with others will help me get remain attuned to