Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services, announced today that scholars from its academic institution, Ashford University, released a new book to better prepare university students for the challenges of online learning.
"The R-Model for Learning Online and Achieving Lifelong Goals,” walks students through all facets of the online education experience. Following are the basic principles to achieving online learning success:
Relevance – Flex your thinking and learning muscles by listening and being open to new ideas, accepting feedback and asking questions in your Web dialogue. These activities will increase the relevancy of your classes.
Readiness – Lifelong learning requires you to be self-directed and self-motivated. Make your decision to return to school based on self knowledge, not just from the encouragement of others.
Restructuring – Rearrange your life so that you have time to devote to your studies. Online learning removes the travel, parking and childcare issues related to driving to a brick-and-mortar campus, but there is no getting around the fact that you will have to carve out time to read, write, think and interact with instructors and peers.
Reasoning – Sharpen your critical thinking skills by identifying and challenging
assumptions and exploring alternatives. As an online student, you are expected to engage in this higher-order of thinking.
Response – Discover which type of learner you are – visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Becoming an engaged learner requires that you recognize techniques that develop and support your learning style.
Resources – Use the course syllabus to identify the overall purpose of the class and what you should learn or be able to perform by the end of the course. Within your degree program, look for ways in which learning in one course leads to or builds on learning from other courses.
Relationships - Online learning should never be an isolating experience. Many students use social networking platforms as part of their daily lives and see the online classroom environment as an extension of their private lives.
Reflection - Apply what you learn to a new setting. Reflective activities allow you to clarify what you’ve learned, formulate intentions and solidify plans for meaningful growth and change.
"The R-Model for Learning Online and Achieving Lifelong Goals” is available at Ashford University’s bookstore (http://www.ashford.edu).
Source: Mary Alexander, Wayne Clugston and Elizabeth Tice. The R-Model for Learning Online and Achieving Lifelong Goals. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc., 2009.
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education’s postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education’s regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit www.bridgepointeducation.com or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.
About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.