Since we've been offering online courses since the late 90's, we've learned a thing or two of what's needed to do well in an online course.
So below are the top five tips we can recommend...
- Assess your strengths and preferences.
Quickly recall moments when you excelled academically...
- Were you a night owl or an early bird?
- Were you comforted by others or prefer the quiet of solitude?
- When taking a test, did you see graphs and words, or did you hear the professor’s voice while covering a point?
- Create a routine.
Though part of the benefit of an online course is the flexibility, (courses are asynchronous), routines are recommended.
- Every morning schedule a specific time to log in and view any new announcements by your professor or peers.
- Participation is key.
In lieu of an actual classroom, group discussions are designed to immerse you in the course and simulate a social learning experience.
- Read thoroughly and ask questions.
Unlike a traditional course where the professor can gauge and read their audience, that’s not really a possibility online. So call your professor or e-mail them if you have any questions.
- If you’re e-mailing a question, use a specific subject line ("ENGR 3600 – question on this week’s assignment").
- Be sure attachments are in a format your professor can open.
- Remember that grammar and punctuation always count.
- Mark it down.
Give yourself the best opportunity to excel in your online course by staying on top of due dates of tests and assignments.