What To Expect From Online Courses

Know what to expect before you sign up to take courses from a college online so you can do well in your classes and get the most out of your education.

Be Smart About How You Come Across In A Virtual Settingonline-learning
Since most of your communication with instructors and classmates will occur online, you have to know how to get your ideas across effectively without using hand signals, facial expressions, or tones of voice. Proofread assignments, messages, or discussion posts before your send them order to avoid mistakes that could cause confusion and misunderstanding. Choose your words carefully, as your tone online may seem harsher than you intend it to be. Avoid using all capital letters all the time, as most people associate this with yelling.

Self Motivation Is Key
Online courses are a change from the on-campus experience because it's up to you to motivate yourself to complete coursework. Without an instructor looking over your shoulder (literally), you may find yourself losing track of what you need to accomplish. Online instructors are available to answer your questions, but they can't be sure that you're spending as much time as you should be on the class.

Schedule your time wisely and think of an online class like any other. Set aside a specific time each day designated to coursework. Treating your courses as seriously as you would a full-time job may ensure your assignments get done and you're learning what's needed for the exams.

Don't Be Discouraged
For some students it takes time to get adjusted to online courses, but you can use the skills you develop during your first  quarters or semesters to learn how to successfully manage your schedule. Discover which methods work for you so you'll have a guideline to follow next time. Online classes may be difficult to get used to, but once you do, they are a great modality for people who require flexible course offerings.

Share Your Story Ideas
Our campuses and online community have stories to tell and we want to hear them! Did your campus raise the most money in the community for an organization? Do you have online study tips for other students? Would you like to share a personal success story about overcoming an obstacle while earning your degree?
To have your story idea considered:
  • You must be a faculty member, current student or graduate
  • Story ideas must be regarding Rasmussen College or an inspiring story about a student at Rasmussen College
  • Your submission must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already
Please Note: Your story idea may be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat or on one of our social networks. A member of our news team will contact you should we move forward with a blog post.
Feel free to suggest an idea for a blog post to be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat by filling out the form below:

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Thank you for sending us a story idea! We’re reviewing submissions and may contact you soon to learn more about your story. In the meantime, make sure to check out our current blogs to see what’s happening on campus.

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