How to Stay Motivated When Your Class Has No Classroom

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In a 2012 survey of chief academic officers — the folks in charge of academic programs at public and private colleges across the United States — 88 percent of them strongly agreed with the phrase "Students need more discipline to succeed in online courses" [source: Allen and Seaman]. This is in direct contradiction to the public perception that online courses are somehow "easier" than traditional college classes. The academic content is largely the same between online and in-person classes; what's different is that passing a class online requires far more self-discipline and self-motivation. I believe that online classes — far from being a blanket solution for working adults — should be carefully integrated with in-person learning and support to bolster motivation and maximize success.

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