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 737.4804. If you have additional questions, please contact the Distance Education Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Nolan, at deborahn@cos.edu.
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