Success Strategies to Use While Online
The following is a list of things to keep in mind, whether this is one of your first classes here at Bryant & Stratton College or you’re a continuing student.
1) Review Dates
Pay attention to the assignment due date. Start your projects well in advance and do not wait until the last few hours to complete assignments or quizzes. A big part of online classes is time management. Break large projects or assignments into chunks and do a little each day. Do not wait until 11PM Saturday night to try to take your test or quiz. Many projects require more time than you will anticipate; and, computer or Internet related problems are not an excuse for missing a deadline.
2) Plan Carefully
Keep in mind that you are not attending a formal lecture/lab course so all of your learning will take place in Blackboard and through assignments. In a traditional college course, the lecture to study ratio is 2 hours of studying for 1 hour of lecture. Online, you can expect to spend between 6-10 hours each week per online course.
3) Think STRATEGY
Don’t try to do everything on Friday or Saturday. In order to maximize your learning experience (and to meet the minimum requirements), you need to plan on participating in the graded Discussion topics at least once on three different days - and start your posting before Tuesday in each discussion. If you try to do everything on Friday or Saturday, you will find yourself out of time and experiencing information overload.
4) Read Everything
You won't have all those non-verbal cues that you get in a regular classroom and neither will your instructor. Almost all your information in the online class will come in the form of words. Words on the screen are the primary communication tool between you and your instructor.
6) Be Selective
Carefully choose your words. The person who is your classmate or professor today could become your employer or client tomorrow. Once you press send, your words are gone forever. Don’t respond to your classmates (or your instructor) when you are frustrated or angry. Save your text to a separate file, wait a few hours, re-read what you planned to post, and then before you press "submit", ask yourself “Is this really what I want to say?” While you can't anticipate all reactions, do read over what you've written before you send it.
7) Be Patient
As much as I will try to be prompt in answering your questions, I may not always be able to give you an instantaneous response.
9) Create a Backup Plan
Always have a backup plan for completing and submitting your work. Know the hours and location of either the local library or nearest campus computer lab. Also, be sure to save a copy of your work. Print a copy of important messages, course syllabus, and major project guidelines for your files.