Fast Track to Success: 5 Tips to Get Ahead in the Online Classroom

Posted by on April 1, 2013

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” -Abraham Lincoln

When you take an online class at Minnesota School of Business, you’re not alone. You will form a partnership with your instructor based on expectations of one another. You’ll find the same Online Student Expectations module in every class, located under the Getting Started link in the course college

The Online Student Expectations provide key elements for success in online courses: the online learning environment; academic dishonesty and how to avoid it; how to complete assignments, discussion boards and tests; how to achieve perfect attendance…and more!

When you decide to become an online learner, you’ll need to know these key elements for success in online learning. These skills are also increasingly essential in the modern workplace.  If you read and understand the expectations, you’ll always know how to put your best foot forward.

Here are five tips to get ahead in the online classroom:

1.       Be self-motivated and self-disciplined: Be prepared to set a schedule for completing coursework. Although online learning does have more flexibility because there are is no set schedule for in-person classes, there are still deadlines that you will need to meet.

2.       Be able to read and follow directions: Although we do incorporate learning tools that don’t require reading, much of your success in class will rely on your accuracy of reading and following directions: for assignments, discussions, and assigned reading.

3.       Be able to communicate through writing: Your written communication skills are equally important as your reading skills. You’ll participate in written discussions multiple times a week in addition to learning to write research papers and other professional documents.

4.       Be able to work on a computer and browse the internet comfortably: Computer and internet access and proficiency are essential to online learning.

5.       Be able to “speak up” if problems arise: You’re the captain of your learning adventure. You will get out of it what you put into it. Being proactive in asking questions and seeking clarification from your instructor will help ensure your success in the course.

Guest post by Elaine Settergren, Online Librarian, and Kelly Schmidt, Online Curriculum Manager, Minnesota School of Business

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