Taking an online course is a great, flexible option that allows you to learn at your own pace. However, before taking an online course, understand the expectations and think seriously about whether you have the time and motivation required.
Before you begin the course, make sure you have all the required materials (textbooks, course packs, etc.), as well as the necessary technology (consult Queen's ITServices if you are unsure).
Engagement is the biggest predictor of success in an online course. Go online early and often. Become an active member of the class.
Get organized: read and print the syllabus, write all important dates in an agenda or calendar, and designate specific times each week to work on the course.
Keep up with the course. With no lecture to attend, online courses can sometimes end up on the back burner.
If you are having trouble, reach out for help. Your instructor, teaching assistants, and classmates are all excellent resources.
Stay motivated. Set personal goals, discuss interesting aspects of the course with others, and keep track of your accomplishments to maintain momentum.
Stay focused. When working on the course, eliminate distractions (including your phone and the internet). Work for a focused 50 minute block, then take a break.
Read actively: ask yourself questions, think about real world applications, and connect the material to what you know already.
After the course, reflect on what worked and what didn't. What would you do differently next time?
Go to the Online Learning: Strategies for Success module for more strategies.