Are you considering taking a fully online course, or a course that makes significant use of online materials? If so, then you need to know if you are prepared.
This is merely a self-assessment tool and you are welcome to take online courses regardless of how you answer these questions. However, it's important to be honest with yourself and carefully consider your answers to the questions on this page before enrolling in an online course.
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Tips for Being a Successful Online Student:
Taking an online course is very different than taking a traditional face-to-face course and not all students are prepared to be successful in the online environment. Review the following tips to be successful in an online course at Idaho State University (ISU):
Recognize that online courses are NOT any easier than face-to-face classes, and in fact may be harder for some students.
Read over all of the introductory materials and contact the instructor immediately if you have any questions.
Assume an active role in the learning process; whether you are working alone, or in a group. Be open to contributing your ideas and perspective and be willing to comment on the subject you are studying. Also take an interest in what your classmates are saying and be willing to provide feedback to them and share ideas.
Log on to your course every single day, or a minimum of 5-6 days a week. It is very easy to get behind quickly, so stay active in the course.
Manage your time carefully. Schedule at least 2-3 hours per credit each week to work on your course and stick to your schedule. Certain courses may require more time!
Do not procrastinate; follow the course schedule assigned by your instructor. If you need an external source to motivate you to do class work, then consider taking face-to-face classes instead.
Set aside a private space where you can study where you can work without interruptions.
Make sure that you have the appropriate software and plug-ins necessary for the course. You will, for example, need the Firefox web browser to effectively utilize ISU Moodle-based courses. Moodle is the learning management system used by ISU.
If you are unsure of your computer skills, develop them! See the additional skills resources below to improve your basic computer skills, learn the Firefox web browser, discover Moodle, and learn other useful tools used at ISU (including Google Apps).