Being successful in online learning will require some new habits and other adjustments. You'll need to log in to Canvas frequently. Here are some other steps you can take to prepare for success in the online learning environment:
Time can feel different in online/hybrid modes, since walking to a classroom at a specific time will be replaced by online/hybrid classes -- either asynchronous (working online on your own time) or synchronous (working online when your professor and/or classmates also work online).
When taking online courses, you'll be working almost entirely on the internet, which may be more distracting than working in an in-person environment. Researchers have found that students who plan their schedule to include concentrated chunks of study time and reduce distraction tend to be more successful. Consider turning off social media when you plan to study.
Your professors will likely host class-based instruction in Canvas, and you will read, discuss, reflect, analyze, and collaborate with classmates without the classroom environment, and perhaps not the set class time if the class is offered in an asynchronous mode.
A major aspect of online learning relates to your time management, particularly your study time. You can take ownership of your learning by trying some of these tips:
With your class moving from a classroom in Harrisonburg to an online environment, more of your class discussions will be written in text, not spoken. Strategies that can help you communicate clearly and respectfully with your professor and classmates -- and professional etiquette tips that can lay a strong foundation for your future career -- include:
Synchronous class interactions, when you are online at the same time as your instructor and/or fellow students, can replace online classes, visits to office hours, or attendance at advising seminars. You may use video conferencing (or other tools) for this type of interaction. Here are some etiquette tips for video conferencing:
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