Westminster’s Professional and Continuing Education department has information on best practices for organization/time management, technology, communication, and learning that you may find useful for online learning.
- Expect to spend the same amount of time on online coursework as a face-to-face course.
- While you will have more flexibility in scheduling your work, this requires self-discipline and accountability. Rather than your professors holding you accountable, you will need to hold yourself accountable.
- It is strongly recommended that you create and maintain a weekly schedule/routine that factors in things outside of school, including work and life commitments. It may also be helpful to establish a regular location where you complete your work.
- Successful online students are very organized, so make sure you review the entire course early in the semester so you can plan well in advance.
- Maintain a consistent self-care regimen throughout the course or program, including incorporating exercise, downtime, etc., into your routine.
- Take advantage of early submission opportunities, especially for larger assignments. And, ask your instructor if there is an option for you to receive early feedback.
- Some online programs may have residencies or seminar days that must be attended in person. Plan for these well in advance to ensure your attendance.
- Know who to go to for help/resources before you need them. Do not wait until the last minute. Contact the Information Services Help Desk at 801.832.2023 if you need computer support.
- Depending on your comfort level with technology or the course you are taking, you may want to seek out technology help early. For example, if your instructor allows for video-conferencing or you plan on using the Writing Center’s virtual consultations, make sure you have the appropriate technology to utilize that resource.
- All of your work needs to be original. You cannot cut and paste anything from the internet and call it your own. All work from other sources must be appropriately cited.
- Read all instructions your instructor posts on Canvas. Ask your instructor what reading you need to do before each assignment and review all discussion postings before posting your own to prevent redundancy.
- Just because you had success in one online course, does not guarantee the same result in others.
- Be consistent with your engagement with the course and be prepared when completing your assignments.
- Do not try to complete assignments (especially large assignments) in one night. Break assignments up into smaller chunks. Most assignments require you to research or read materials that you need to incorporate into your assignments, so plan ahead and allocate time and resources for those activities.