Confirm technical requirements and Workspace: Online classes can benefit students with busy schedules, but only if they can access
the materials. Make sure you will have access to a good working computer with appropriate
productivity software suites, reliable internet connection, and an ideal location
to take tests and participate in online web conferences as needed.
Connect with instructors early: Send your instructor a note, an email, introducing yourself and what you hope to
get out of the class. Share your thoughts and course needs as the semester progresses.
Instructors love to hear from students, however, keep the communication chatter free.
Create a schedule: Familiarize yourself with the full semester schedule and contact your instructor
early to see if accommodations can be made if you sense a conflict might occur during
the semester. Otherwise, stay on schedule.
Stay organized: Students enrolled in traditional courses usually have a consistent schedule to follow
each week, with in-class instruction followed by out-of-class assignments. Find ways
to stay on top of your coursework by utilizing tools such as electronic calendars,
digital reminders, and other mobile electronic resources that can alert you to pending
Know your rights: Students taking online classes have very similar rights as on campus students. You
may contact the university for all auxillary services from student accounting, athletics,
library, financial aid, etc as the need arises. Consult your student handbook for