How do we prepare students for online learning? Well instructed orientations and assessments of online preparedness are well defined and recognized.
As a response, most institutes will blame "difficult" students for the lack of assimilation. Ko and Rossen (2010) suggest that “some students are being ‘difficult’ because they are having problems handling the conventions and habits of learning online (p.342).” I wonder how often we come across this situation and do not give lack of a proper beginning the full behavioral consideration that it deserves. As an instructor of teaching and education, I find the most common complaint of faculty are students who have “checked out” or do not care about learning. Never do they consider whether they or the student are prepared to teach and learn in an online environment. This again calls for adequate onboarding of the online environment, both for instructor and student.
Ko, S., & Rossen, S. (2010). Teaching online: A practical guide (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.