Make a commitment to succeed
The virtual classroom can be fast-paced, so staying on top of assignments, remaining in contact with your instructor, and logging in frequently will require an ongoing commitment. You will need to be motivated to complete assignments, find a suitable proctor to administer your exams and interact. Although you will be able to communicate with students in a variety of ways, you will ultimately need to be able to work alone.
Get to know the D2L Brightspace system
Learning how to access your online classroom to find the course syllabus, course requirements, textbooks, and other equipment will be time well spent. A student orientation course is available for self-registration once logged into D2L Brightspace.
Always have a backup plan
Murphy’s Law tells us that as marvelous as technology can be, problems can and always will occur. When they do, a backup plan that is flexible and provides you with options will always allow you to achieve your tasks and submit assignments with a minimum of frustration and aggravation.
Make your mark
Be sure to include your full name in your emails and posts or even in the body of your message.
Read and respond to emails
Email is your primary mode of communication as an online student. If you receive an email from either your instructors or a classmate, make it a point to respond, even if it’s to say, “I’m not able to get back to you right now, but I will reply in the next 24 hours.”
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
If you’re unable to find the answers you need in your course syllabus, contact your instructor, review course announcements in D2L Brightspace, or contact your fellow classmates for help.
Organization and time management is important
Online courses require as much time as on-campus classes. You’ll need to schedule time to log in, study, complete assignments and take exams and quizzes. Plan to devote about 12 hours a week to most three-credit courses.
Find a proctor and testing center in advance
A number of St. Cloud State online courses require proctored exams. If you have registered for a course that requires them and you are unable to come to campus, you should begin the process of locating a suitable proctor well in advance.
Take advantage of tutoring options
If you find yourself struggling in your classes, find out whether there are tutoring options you can visit or online opportunities such as Smarthinking that you can utilize.
It is your responsibility to contact and communicate with your instructor if you are encountering problems in your online course – whether the problems are technological, instructional or personal.