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Make Your Online Class Time Count

There's a popular myth that says online courses are easier than on campus courses.  That isn't true. Students are expected to learn the same content regardless of whether the course in on campus or online.  There are still regular deadlines to meet and textbook chapters to read.  

What are the two big differences between on campus and online?

Online has:

1) No regularly scheduled class meetings

2) No face-to-face conversations with your instructor on a regular basis

Once your expectations are adjusted, the online course can cause feelings of loss or searching for how to do an online course. Below are some strategies to help make your time count in an online class. 

1.  Make a Date and a Place

Schedule your time and place to work on your online course. While this time can fluctuate day to day, it’s important to schedule that time and keep that appointment with your course.

2.  Read Your Syllabus and Course Schedule

Before you begin your course work, it is important to read your course syllabus.  What is expected? Find the course schedule of due dates.  Place them on your calendar and work to be prepared for those deadlines.  

3.  Plan Ahead

Your professor has provided you with due dates.  Don't wait until 11:50 p.m. when an assignment is due at 11:59 p.m. Plan ahead!  Some students find it useful to plan to complete an assignment 1 day before it's due to allow for any issues with the technology. 

4. Have a Back Up Plan

An online course is technology-dependent by nature.  Technology is not 100% guaranteed to work as we think it should. Plan for a tech issue!  What is your back up plan?  If your computer begins to experience issues, what is your plan to complete your course work?  Do you have a friend or family member that would let you use a computer?  Are you near enough to OCCC to allow you to access the lab computers? Is a public library near you that has computers?  

Plan ahead.  Most OCCC instructors are understanding of technology issues but there is also an expectation that students will have a back up plan in the event an issue arises. 

5.  Get Help

Some people when they are lost view that as an opportunity for adventure. Others view it as a terrifying experience. Being lost in an online course is not usually a chance to explore new territories.  It’s time to seek help. 

Here’s who to contact for help:

If you have a problem with your course content.......                    Contact your instructor (see syllabus for specifics)

If you have a problem learning the course content.........              Contact the content-related Student Learning Labs

If you have a Moodle problem........                                            Contact Moodle Student Tech Support

If you have technology, username/password issues......              Contact the OCCC Helpdesk 682-7777

6. Stay Organized

Staying organized for an online course involves a bit more than a clutter-free workspace or a notebook. It can be a challenge being digitally organized.  Here are some tips to help you stay organized in a digital world