Students of online education should, from the very beginning be well aware of the precise results they can expect from online education, in order to avoid over expectations and subsequently, disappointment. By being informed of the extent of benefits they can realistically expect, they can eventually determine for themselves the gains they have made from their online lessons.
Students need to be tested for all the knowledge thay have gained from the education. This will help determine whether they have been able to achieve the objectives set initially or not. This makes it important that online testing or alternative methods of testing and assessment are a part and parcel of the online course. Based on this, feedback can be generated.
Proper utilization of learning materials should be available and organized into proper sequence for the learning process. The sequence itself could be progress from simple to complex, known to unknown and kniowledge to application.
Feedback is crucial, as students can make it the basis for assessing their performance and making the necessary alterations if required. Athabasca University reports:
Learners should be told the explicit outcomes of the learning so that they can set expectations and can judge for themselves whether or not they have achieved the outcome of the online lesson. Learners must be tested to determine whether or not they have achieved the learning outcome. Online testing or other forms of testing and assessment should be integrated into the learning sequence to check the learner's achievement level and to provide appropriate feedback.