Organizing Your Workspace
Before you start doing work...
- Create a folder on your desktop in which to keep assignments. It is good practice to keep a copy of every assignment you submit electronically.
- Carefully review the instructional syllabus and instructor contact information. These items will answer the three most frequently asked questions: "What have I done in the course?," "Where am I supposed to be in the course?," and "How can I reach my teacher?."
Organizing Your Time
Managing time is the greatest challenge when taking an online course. Here are some tips for making the most of your time:
- Make a schedule.
Online courses have deadlines for completing assignments and turning in work just like face-to-face classes. For most students, it is helpful to establish a daily routine to work on course requirements, read email and messages from the instructor, and plan course tasks.
- Become familiar with your teacher's schedule.
Each online instructor will post his/her telephone office hours in a News Item in your course. You may email your instructor at any time.
Maximizing Your Learning
- Check your email DAILY. This is the instructor's means of communicating with you.
- Check your Updates Widget and News Widget DAILY.
- Check your grades at least once a week. Consult with the teacher via email or during "telephone office hours" as needed.
- Assume an active role in your online learning. Participate in discussions, take opportunities to revise submissions, and study for quizzes.
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