Online Learner Orientation

Taking an online course requires independent learning skills in addition to the discipline-specific skills. These skills include using OWL effectively, staying motivated, staying organized, and communicating effectively online.  

To prepare yourself for taking an online course or brush up on your online learning skills, click on the lessons below.

1. Introduction to OWL

Learn key concepts about Western's Online Learning Management System by completing a series of challenges with your friendly technology specialist.

2. Learning Skills

Learn to use the syllabus effectively, develop a study plan, and find out where to turn for support when completing online courses.

3. Communicating Effectively Online

Learn to identify and engage in appropriate online interactions with your classmates and instructors, and recognize your responsibility as an online learner.