will always have their place in learning. However, today computers
are more common and online classes abound.
If you haven't
taken an online class, you may think that these classes are easier
than taking a regular college course. However, usually this is not
Here are some tips
to help you learn and succeed in an online course.
help with technology.
where to get help when you need it. Plan ahead for how to submit your
work if something goes wrong. The college has open computer labs,
or there may be a copy store close to you that provides computer access.
yourself with the course design.
out class information sites and links to know where assignments, materials
and tools are located.
input from former students of the course.
online courses have a section where former students tell you how to
make it through the course successfully. Listen!
in contact with your teacher.
out areas that you think are difficult or unclear. Teachers are there
to support you, but you must indicate that their assistance is needed.
Frequent contact with your instructors not only is essential but also
realistic about budgeting your time.
the course is 24/7, it is accessible whenever you decide to go to
class. However, it is a good idea to keep a class attendance schedule,
set times when you log in each day. Because you are responsible for
completing the course assignments, interacting with your peers on
the discussion board, and keeping up with instructor announcements,
you must manage your time wisely. This is often the most difficult
skill to develop.
all online information more than once.
discussion board posts, lectures, linked materialall are essential
to your success. Read the material more than once; read to understand.
If it still is not clear, read it again. Then ask questions of your
instructor, your classmates, your tutors.
in charge of your learning. Your raised hand cant be seen, nor
can your wrinkled brow. You must speak up when you have questions
or need more information. In online classes, "noisy" students
are heard, quiet students are not! If you don't know what to talk
about, listen to your classmates.
You can also refer to the ASC handout, Meet
with Your Professor. (Use the Back button to return to this page.)