How to Learn and Succeed in Self-Paced, Online Courses (SPOCs)

Self-paced, online courses (SPOCs) are a great way to learn from home (or anywhere in the world) at the pace that works best for you. Since the onset of the pandemic, there are more online learning opportunities than ever before. That's the good news. The bad news? Self-paced, online courses are notorious for low completion rates. Learners sign up with the best of intentions. Without the structure of a schedule or on-site attendance, they often quickly forget about the course.

As a long-time online educator, I've not only designed many self-paced, online courses, I've also completed tons of them. Me, yes, me, a person with ADHD. In fact, it's the skills that I've been forced to develop from living with ADHD that have helped me design a system to successfully complete the types of courses that many never do.

In this Teachable course, I'm sharing my secrets with you...for FREE. I love self-paced, online courses, but too much of their value is lost to low completion rates. I want to help you to finish what you've started, to learn, and to succeed.

This course will benefit both learners who wish to finish more SPOCs and teachers and designers who are creating SPOCs for their learners. All are welcome.


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Your Instructor

Karen Costa
Karen Costa

Karen Costa is a faculty development facilitator (and proud adjunct!) specializing in online pedagogy and trauma-aware higher education. Karen loves leading faculty learners through fun, interactive, and supportive professional development experiences. Karen’s first book, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos, focuses on helping faculty and teachers to make creative use of videos in their classrooms. Karen graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in sociology. She holds an M.Ed. in higher education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a CAGS in educational leadership from Northeastern University. Karen has a Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience (Levels 1 and 2) from Florida State University, a Trauma-Informed Organizations Certificate from the University of Buffalo's School of Social Work, and a Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning, and Online Instruction from Drexel University. Karen is also a certified yoga teacher. She lives in Massachusetts with her family. You can follow her on LinkedIn or BlueSky.

Karen is available for a limited number of virtual presentations (webinars) or coaching/consultation on the following topics:

  • Online pedagogy
  • Trauma-aware teaching and learning
  • Supporting ADHD Learners

Visit to learn more. Contact me with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You'll have access as long as I'm here on this planet, but should I decide to step away from Teachable, you'll get a healthy, 3 months notice to allow you time to complete your courses.
Will there be any live interaction in this course?
Nope. You can however post comments to the course and I typically respond within 48-72 hours, if not sooner.

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