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The Syllabus

About Life-Online


Life-Online is a collaborative effort of several Minnesota colleges and universities which began in 2010 to help you fine-tune the skills you need to become a successful online learner.

It is designed to be taken as a self-paced, online course. The individual modules can also be used in conjunction with other classes, either as an on-line component or as part of a face-to-face class.

Course Objective

Life-Online is designed to give you the skills you need to be successful as an online learner. The course focuses on the following five areas, giving you a strong start, and a successfully finish with any course you take:

  1. Leverage Your Learning Styles & Using Moodle or D2L
  2. Computer Skills including File Management
  3. Time Management
  4. Focus: How to get focused and stay focused.
  5. Using Web Tools to collaborate with others.

Course Requirements

Life-Online was designed with the understanding that you:


For the full benefit of the course it is recommended that you:

Each module consists of a set of Learning Activities. An estimated time is given for each activity to help you manage your time and a total for the module is given in the introduction for each module. This is an estimate only and your time will be different depending on how much you dedicate to any given Learning Activity.

Many people find it helpful to print out the Learning Activities and then check off each item as they finish it. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and also help you track your progress, especially if you skip around and complete different activities.

If you are taking this course as part of an instructor-lead class you will probably be required to complete the journal assessment activities and submit them for grading to your instructor. Even if you are not taking the class for a grade it is still recommended that you complete the journal entries to reinforce your own learning.

Your Instructor

Peter K. Johnson This course was designed by Peter K. Johnson, a Computer Careers instructor from South Central College located in North Mankato, MN 56003 USA.
You can find out more about Peter by visiting his web site: or by viewing Peter's eFolio.

The course contains learning materials from the following individuals:

Project Director: Paul Wasko Director, MnSCU E-Services and eFolio Minnesota

Learning Objectives

Leverage your learning styles

four people in different squares talking to each other about their learning style

Increase your computer skills

line drawing of a file folder

Manage your time.

face of a clock

Get focused. Stay focused.

football player focused on catching a pass.

Use the collaborative tools found on the Web.

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Life-Online includes a Journal that you will be completing as part of your course work. Your instructor will be using the following table to help you track your accomplishments.

Assignment Points Your Score
Write a Letter to the Future 10 points  
Your Learning Styles 10 points  
Write Effective Emails 10 points  
Reflection on Monk Video 10 points  
Complete and record at least eight typing exercises 10 points  
File Management - 3 skills and a tip you recommend 10 points  
Six items you chose to increase your focus 10 points  
One of your SMART goals 10 points  
Your 168 10 points  
Two items you use to improve your time management 10 points  
Four things from articles that you will use to increase your focus 10 points  
Reflections on Multi-tasking and Game Scores 10 points  
100 Things List 10 points  
Three "you-can't-fool-me" rules to use on the Web
Three search tips
10 points  
Reflections on the Course 10 points  
Totals 150 points  

Calculate your percentage: Divide your total score by the total number of points available.

For example: If you got 8 out of 10 then 8/10 is .80. Move the decimal over two places to get a percentage (this is simply dividing by 100) or 80%.


This course, Life-Online, has been developed to be accessible to all users, including people with disabilities. It complies with best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI).

This includes:

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