What To Expect From Online Courses
By Rasmussen University Blog Team on 09/14/2011
Be Smart About How You Come Across In A Virtual Setting
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.