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Online Education Tips For Students – Ivy Tech Community College

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Online Education Tips For Students – Ivy Tech Community College


Over the years we’ve discovered a number
of different things that help students be successful in their online classes. In this video
we’re going to discuss the few different categories of tips. We’re going to talk about some things to
do before your class starts and then things to do after your class
starts. Then we’re going to discuss time management, communication, technology, and then give a few
miscellaneous tips. There are few different things that
we recommend students do before class starts, the first one is to participate in the
Blackboard webinar. When you log into Blackboard, on the
right hand side you’ll see a box that talks about the Blackboard webinar. There will be
information there about dates and times of upcoming webinars and
also a link to an archived webinar so if you aren’t able to view one of the live sessions you can go in and
view the archive. Also we recommend viewing the Online
Orientation website that gives information about what your
online class will look like and gives information about how to submit
assignments and participate discussion boards and some other things that you’re
commonly do you in a lot of different online courses. The other thing is to just log
into Blackboard and explore what is available there. Also
we recommend getting to know the different resources that are
available to you. There are many different places that you can go to get
help view help documentation and help videos You’ll have access to your course in
Blackboard three days before your courses official
start date, so if your course officially starts on Monday, you’ll actually
have access to it in Blackboard starting on Friday. So the first thing we recommend doing is
going into your course and going into the Start Here menu and
downloading your course syllabus and calendar. Make sure that you read
through those thoroughly, there’s lots of useful information in there about your course, it includes course
policies, college policies, contact information, lots of important things to have handy. We
also recommend getting a jump start on the class. Open
up the first session, read through the directions, make sure
you understand what you’re supposed to do that week and that will give you an opportunity to ask questions
early and get a head start. We recommend logging into Blackboard at least every other day, preferably every day that way if your instructor
posts a new announcement or any additional information you won’t
miss that. We also highly recommend not waiting
until the last minute to work on your assignments. We’re all very busy it’s very tempting
to put things off, but if you wait until the last minute and
you have questions you might have a hard time getting the
answers that you need, so we recommend working ahead whenever possible and
asking your instructor whenever you have any questions. One of the most important
factors to success in an online course is time management. It’s
very important to make sure that you manage your time wisely. One of our recommendations is buying your
books and other course materials early. Your course may be part of the IncludED program and in that case your books and materials
will already be embedded into your course but if you need to buy the book
separately we recommend doing that as early as possible. Another
recommendation is not allowing yourself to fall behind.
If you get a jump start in the class early on, that will help the pace
yourself and stay ahead of the game throughout the semester. Another important time management
recommendation is to pace yourself. Try to gauge how long it takes you to
complete reading assignments and written assignments and schedule
study time throughout the week accordingly. It’s also important to make note of
important upcoming deadlines so that you can start early and continue
working throughout the week. Our final time management recommendation is to not procrastinate. It’s very
tempting but can also be very devastating. Because
online courses take place entirely within Blackboard, it’s very
important to maintain good communication with your
instructor and your fellow classmates. A few recommendations are first to know
your course ID and your instructor’s name. That’s very
helpful if you need to reach your instructor or your regional Online Technologies
Coordinator. The second recommendation is to check your
email on a regular basis. Your instructor may send out clarifying
information about assignments or feedback for assignments and it’s important to
make sure that you’re checking your email regularly so you don’t miss any of these
communications. Another recommendation is to check course announcements any time you log into Blackboard.
Your instructor may post announcements throughout the week with important information about things
that are going on in class. It’s also important to communicate with
your instructor. Keep your instructor posted on any issues
that you’re having with the class and ask them any questions you may have
about course materials. And the last recommendation is to know
your regional Online Technologies
Coordinators. Your regional OTC’s work with Blackboard on a regular
basis and they also work with the faculty
members so they can be an extremely helpful resource. Technology is obviously a very important
component of our online courses. The first thing we
recommend doing is using the browser check in Blackboard
to make sure that all the software on your computer is up to date. Another recommendation is when
taking a quiz or test try to use a laptop or PC preferably on
a wired, not a wireless, network. Most importantly, always make sure that you
have a plan B. If your computer crashes or your
internet access goes down make sure that you always have an
alternative plan. Because our online courses do not have to face to face
component, they can be somewhat isolating at times,
so we highly recommend that students stay involved in the college experience. We recommend joining clubs and
organizations and going to campus events whenever
possible. We also recommend trying new things that push you
outside your comfort zone. There are many events on campus that can
help you meet new people and try new things. Some of your greatest learning
experiences in college will happen outside of the classroom.

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