Tips for Online Success

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Tips for Online Success

Instructors help your students plan for online success by incorporating a few of these tips into your course syllabus. Planning for success in any college course can be a difficult process for many students. Providing a few of these tips will get them off to the right start.

Highlight a few of these tips in your course syllabus:

  • What is the instructor’s email and office phone number?
  • When are the instructor’s office hours? This includes online office hours via synchronous chat.
  • When are assignments and activities due?
  • How should assignments, activities, and exams be submitted [for grading]?
  • What are the course policies on attendance? This includes online discussion [participation]. How often should they check email and the discussion forums [if applicable]?
  • How can online resources be accessed? This includes Blackboard [LMS], passwords, logins, and portal.
  • Is group work required? If so, how will teams be formed or facilitated?
  • Which textbooks are required? Any online resources that go with these books?
  • Is specialized software required for the course? If so, how do I access it or download it?
  • What technical support is provided for online coursework?
  • Will feedback and grades be provided online?
  • How many hours should expect to spend online? Daily, weekly, monthly (blended).