BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS
Your List Before the Term Begins!
Words of AdviceOnline classes offer flexibility and convenience, but they are demanding and may not be the best option for all students.
Taking an online course means more than just using a computer. It requires you, the student, to change your role in the learning process and become more of an active learner. You must take responsibility for your own learning. Self-discipline and self-motivation become very important.
You also need a solid set of computer skills for optimal success. The skills needed include knowing how to operate your word processor and perform tasks, such as being able to cut and paste, save your files in several different formats, and save your files to a variety of locations. Your Internet skills should include knowing how to log in, use email and email attachments, use your browser effectively, make bookmarks, chat, and use search functions.
Time management and organizational skills are also very important. In an online environment, you must be resourceful and able to work independently. Manage your time well and DO NOT wait until the last minute to turn in your assignments.
For more tips on how to be successful in online learning, please go to Guidelines for Online Success.