Taking an online course is very different than taking a traditional face-to-face
course and not all students are prepared to be successful in the online
environment. Take a look over theses tips and be sure to reevaluate yourself
as to whether you are ready to commit to succeeding in an online course.
- Recognize that online courses are NOT any easier than face-to-face
classes, and in fact may be harder for some students.
- Read over all of the
introductory materials and contact the instructor immediately if
you have any questions.
- Assume an active role in the learning process; whether
you are working alone, or in a group, contribute your ideas,
perspective and comments on the subject you are studying, and read about
those of your classmates.
- Log on to your course every single day, or a minimum
of 5-6 days a week. It is very easy to get behind quickly, so stay
active in the course.
- Manage your time carefully. Schedule at least 2-3 hours
per credit each week to work on your course and stick to your schedule.
Certain courses may require more time!
- Do not procrastinate; follow
the course schedule assigned by your instructor. If you need an external
source to motivate you to do class work, then consider taking this
- Locate resources to assist you in being successful in
an online course, such as the Online Writing Lab, the Library article databases,
or the Content Area Tutoring Center. Check out ISUís Center for Teaching
and Learning for these and other resources.
- Set aside a private space where you can study where you can work without
- Make sure that you have the appropriate
software and plug-ins necessary for the course. See WebCT Lesson 0
(http://www.isu.edu/itrc/webct4/lessons/Lesson_0/index.html) for more information.
- If you are unsure of your computer
skills, develop them! See below for links to online tutorials that
can help you improve your computer skills.