In Section 4.3, read from the beginning of the section through the box titled "Principles of Active Listening." Pay close attention to the description of this skill; it is not the same concept as just plain listening! Even if you are an online student, these skills will be of great benefit to you. Good active listening skills are critical for viewing online lectures, videos, and other course media. As an active learner, you are not a passive consumer of knowledge, but rather an alert participant.