As you are you considering taking some or all of your courses online, make sure you’re ready to succeed. Online learning can sound so easy that some students start their online courses with unrealistic expectations. In reality, online courses require just as much time and energy as traditional, face-to-face courses. However, what online courses offer is flexibility, especially for learners who have to balance their work schedule(s), family dynamics, or even figuring out how to get to campus.
What does it take to succeed in an online course?
- Persistence – Students who succeed in online courses are those who are willing to explore and learn new technologies, ask for help when needed, and work hard on their assignments. Students with this type of persistence, prevail through challenges to meet and exceed their expectations. Online learning also requires independence, internal motivation, responsibility, and a certain level of maturity.
- Effective Time-Management Skills – The flexibility of online learning can be a drawback to students lacking self-motivation or those who procrastinate often. That’s why it is essential to have or develop effective time-management skills to be successful in an online course.
- Appropriate and Practical Communication Skills – When possible, try to use the communication tools provided by the University. This includes your SAU Outlook email account, Blackboard messages and discussion boards, and online office hours. Remember: Instructors want to help you to succeed in their classes.
- Study Space – Students taking online courses must find a space free of distractions from people (family, friends, or even roommates) and stuff (games, social media, streaming services).
- Ability to Uphold Academic Integrity – Students enrolled at SAU are expected to uphold standards of academic integrity. Any act of dishonesty in academic work constitutes academic misconduct and is subject to disciplinary action. Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism and cheating. The instructor will set and impose the penalties upon students who have engaged in academic misconduct. An expanded description of the university policy on academic integrity, as well as penalties, can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students are urged to review this policy.