You have taken the steps toward e-learning. Now it’s time to complete the course successfully. Here are seven steps, that if followed completely, assures victory.
From the beginning of the e-learning experience, there is an abundance of tasks required before enrollment. First, you will receive a call from an enrollment counselor. As soon as you hang up, the financial aid advisor is on the line, then the office of the registrar calls requesting your transcripts. Submitting items late delays your start date. Likewise, when you begin your course, some deadlines and expectations need to be met. Schedules are usually provided ahead of time, including a syllabus making it easy to meet all deadlines, unless something completely out of your hands occurs. Assuming you have time is not the route to take when it comes to online learning. Pay close attention to the syllabus to keep up.
Organisation is a major factor in online learning. If you are not organized, you are setting yourself up for failure. It is important to have a calendar, preferably on your electronic devices (i.e. phones, laptops, tablets) to receive a reminder of deadlines, appointments, and class times. One component of online learning is e-books. You may not have an actual textbook for some of your classes. Therefore, it is important to create folders or use an online storage application (Google Drive, One Drive, etc.) to store your e-books and files.
Use your electronic devices to your advantage. Download scheduling software or your university’s app if available. Doing this will save you lots of headache and heartache. In the online environment, you rarely have to be in a classroom at a particular time, unless it is for a live lecture. Even then, you want to make sure you have that documented in your schedule. Do not miss out on important tasks and dates. If you work, schedule your shift, your study time, your classes, and schedule free time. You need time for yourself otherwise, combining work and school may become overwhelming.
Consider your course as a step toward achieving your degree. Though e-learning may be a more relaxed environment for some, without commitment and the willingness to achieve your goals, you will not be successful in this environment. It takes just as much commitment to be successful in an online environment as it does in a traditional learning environment. Always remember your purpose, reflect on your accomplishments, and be committed to achieving your goals for each course.
You are accountable for what you put into each course. Follow instructions given by your instructor. Pay attention to the advice in the syllabus. Some instructors may allow grace periods; use them, but always turn in your assignments. Thoroughly read through your school’s policies. If you are sick, know the requirements for reporting illness, etc. There are times you may have team assignments; do your best to participate in order not to lose credit for yourself and your team.
You are no longer in the traditional classroom raising your hands to ask questions; however, you may be required to answer discussion questions as part of your course objectives. If so, do your best to respond to the question, even if you are unsure, but don’t reject it altogether. Completely ignoring assignments will cost you.
Research, study and ask questions. The online learning environment contains many resources to aid you in your success. Virtual libraries, math centres, online support, and tutoring services are readily available. These tools are there to assist in preparing for your course as well as guidance along the way. Use them to your advantage.
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