Make Your Online Class Time Count
There's a popular myth that says online courses are easier than on campus courses. That isn't true. Students are expected to learn the same content regardless of whether the course in on campus or online. There are still regular deadlines to meet and textbook chapters to read.
What are the two big differences between on campus and online?
1) No regularly scheduled class meetings
2) No face-to-face conversations with your instructor on a regular basis
Once your expectations are adjusted, the online course can cause feelings of loss or searching for how to do an online course. Below are some strategies to help make your time count in an online class.
1. Make a Date and a Place
Schedule your time and place to work on your online course. While this time may fluctuate day to day, it's important to schedule that time and keep that appointment with your course. Your learning style will be important to consider in choosing a place to work.
2. Read Your Syllabus and Course Schedule
Before you begin your course work, it is important to read your course syllabus. What is expected? Find the course schedule of due dates. Place them on your calendar and work to be prepared for those deadlines.
3. Plan Ahead
Your professor has provided you with due dates. Don't wait until 11:50 p.m. when an assignment is due at 11:59 p.m. Plan ahead! Some students find it useful to plan to complete an assignment 1 day before it's due to allow for any issues with the technology.
4. Have a Back Up Plan
An online course is technology-dependent by nature. Technology is not 100% guaranteed to work as we think it should. Plan for a tech issue! What is your back up plan? If your computer begins to experience issues, what is your plan to complete your course work? Do you have a friend or family member that would let you use a computer? Are you near enough to OCCC to allow you to access the lab computers? Is a public library near you that has computers?
Plan ahead. Most OCCC instructors are understanding of technology issues but there is also an expectation that students will have a back up plan in the event an issue arises.
5. Get Help
Some people when they are lost view that as an opportunity for adventure. Others view it as a terrifying experience. Being lost in an online course is not usually a chance to explore new territories. It's time to seek help.
Contact your instructor for your course content. OCCC instructors are very supportive of students and are willing to help them as they learn.
OCCC has many student learning labs. These labs are staffed by people that are knowledgeable in their respective content/discipline. They are available to help you as well. Contact them. They are a great resource for you.
Contact tech support when you need technical help. OCCC offers tech support for students in a couple of ways.
OCCC Help Desk is for username/password issues. They can be reached at 682-7777.
If your course uses publisher-specific websites, it is best to contact them directly. You can usually find their contact information on their website.
6. Stay Organized
Staying organized for an online course involves a bit more than a clutter-free workspace or a notebook. It can be a challenge being digitally organized. Here are some tips to help you stay organized in a digital world.
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