Classroom interaction and experiences in a digital environment require active participation. Your peers, instructors and support services are available, but you can still boost your online engagement for even more success.
Incorporate these tips into your study habits to get the most out of your online courses.
Engage in forums
Discussion posts are assignments designed to cause you to reflect on course material while interacting with your classmates. These online conversations also sharpen your ability to communicate in writing, a skill valued by employers in any career. Be sure to read assigned content and the instructions before posting. Instructors have varying rubrics, and meeting these criteria may include appropriately citing sources and intelligently responding to other students’ posts.
Netiquette is key to quality, online conversations wherein students can openly share ideas and opinions. Discussion boards also allow you a chance to get to know your classmates, a diverse group of peers with whom you can nurture friendships or network professionally.
Work with your group
Group work presents another remarkable networking opportunity. Look beyond the obstacles that these assignments can present, and focus on the time you get to spend learning about your team. Discovering where they are employed may illuminate strong, professional connections, or you may have similar interests and hobbies.
Strong peer rapport makes students more likely to engage in projects. Live, weekly communication via telephone or video chat can be a great way to discuss questions and avoid misunderstandings. Having team members collaborate on different parts of the assignment in pairs also removes the feeling of isolation within an interactive task.
Desire2Learn (D2L) has many functions embedded within each of your online courses. Like most technology, some students have a learning curve to become comfortable navigating class content, discussion boards, drop-boxes and quiz or survey modules.
After logging into D2L, locate Self-Registration, and select SDSU Student D2L 101. Take some time to view these tutorials prior to the first day of class. You can also navigate the Desire2Learn Help 10 system to get information on specific D2L content. Confidence in being able to maneuver your courses will ensure assignments are turned in on time and further your academic success.
Utilize available resources
One of the most neglected resources for help in a course is your instructor. Your teacher is not only a go-to for questions regarding class material, but he or she can also help direct you to additional offices and services. Your next best resource is your academic advisor. An advisor’s role is to collaboratively construct your plan of study to meet your goals, help you register for courses and assist you with any struggles you may have in a class that you are unable to remedy with the instructor.
Library research databases and InterLibrary Loan services are as readily available to online students as to those on campus. Distance Library Services include access to discipline-specific research guides and subject librarians to help you design research strategies and provide tutorials to help you navigate all these resources.
Sources: TheBestSchools.org, Faculty Focus, GetEducated.com