Today, the internet plays such a significant role in our lives, and even when it comes to education! Here at UIS, several programs offer online courses ranging from undergraduate to numerous graduate programs. Some are even completely online!
The internet helps bring the classroom to a student’s home, making possibilities endless. Individuals with pressing outside obligations can find a perfect fit in an online curriculum. However, taking online courses is a unique experience, one requiring individuals to foster a learning environment that allows them to really absorb and put skills learned from the course into practice. If you are taking an online course, check out a few of our favorite tips for being successful as an online student!
- Be comfortable with the internet! The largest part of online learning? The internet! It’s essential that users are very well acquainted with using the web and navigating their course content. Get familiar with working with documents, social media tools that will be used in class, and anything that is necessary to know to succeed in your course!
- Be organized! Often times, learning online is very independent—it’s up to you to keep track of readings, projects, due dates, etc. Keep a syllabus, calendar, and instructor contact information handy in case you have any questions!
- Like we mentioned above, to an extent, online learning is a more independent learning environment. Stay on task, and don’t let all readings and other class activities pile up.
- Keep up with the discussion board! The discussion board is often an integral part of online courses, so it’s essential that you engage in classroom discussions through this form.
If you experience any difficulties acclimating yourself to the online learning environment, contact us and we can help you learn how to better navigate!