How to Be a
Good Online Learner

Notice of Change

Please note that while we will leave this site intact, it is no longer used in our registration process for our online courses. We will also no longer be maintaining the site.

If you are a program funded by the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Adult Education and Literacy or the Virginia Literacy Foundation, you must register for the How To Be a Good Online Learner short course in ERO. For more information, go to:



This tutorial is the first step in registering for the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center's online courses. It should take you about 30 minutes to read through the tutorial which will give you a preview of what the online learning experience is like as well as prepare you to fully participate in the online courses.

After completing this tutorial, you will be directed on how to register for the course that interests you. However, you may use this tutorial even if you are not registering for an online course or if you are already enrolled. This tutorial is available for you at any time to refer to if you have any questions.

If you would like to see a schedule of VALRC's Online Professional Development courses, please click here.

Online learning is fast becoming one of the top ways to learn.  Not only has the business world embraced the technology but so has the educational world. 

Technology is becoming an integral part of our lives.  Learning to adapt it to our needs is paramount. Participating in online learning is one way that we are bending technology to meet our needs.

New technology and new ways of learning are often disconcerting for learners.  It's not easy to change.  But just as we ask our students to adapt to new and improved methods of teaching, we here at the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center ask you to adapt to a new way of delivering professional development.  This tutorial will walk you through many aspects of online learning.  Much of what is contained in this tutorial is general information about online learning, and some of what is covered is specific to courses offered through the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center.

Some of the topics covered in the tutorial are

There is also a glossary for you to learn the meanings of all the Internet and computer terms that you were curious about.

There are two methods of getting around (called navigating) this tutorial:

  1. You may read each page in succession, using the buttons at the bottom of each page.


  2. You may select which topics most interest you from the course map located on the left side of each screen.

We hope that at the conclusion of this tutorial, you will feel confident and prepared for your exciting journey into online learning.


Course Map


The benefits of online learning?

Is online learning for you?

Managing your time

Online communication



Web browsers

Search engines

Citing sources


Keyboard shortcuts

Computer security


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