How to be a Successful Online Student
 
·        Before registering for an online class, students should:
o   Have a compelling reason to pass the class
o   Be aware of the differences between online and face-to-face classes. Online classes are not easier than face-to-face classes. They require independence and strong time management. They require a lot of reading.
o   Have basic computer skills and an adequate computer system
o   Understand how to use COS email
o   Understand how to log in to the course management system (for example, Blackboard)
 
·        After registering for an online class, students should:
o   Communicate with the instructor
o   Know what to do on the first day of class
o   Obtain required class materials
 
·        During an online class, students should:
o   Understand course learning outcomes
o   Understand what types of assignments are required and how to submit assignments
o   Read and follow written instructions carefully
o   Schedule time to log in to the class regularly and complete work according to due dates
o   Communicate with the instructor regularly and expect to hear from your instructor regularly
o   Connect with other students
o   Check email frequently
o   Expect to receive feedback from the instructor that highlights strengths and weaknesses
o   Monitor progress
o   Enjoy learning
 
Fall and Spring student support is available at the Student Helpdesk in the LRC 559-730-3743. If you have additional questions, please contact the Distance Education Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Nolan, at deborahn@cos.edu.
Last Updated: 8/31/2016 1:15 PM