THE DO’S & DON’TS OF ONLINE LEARNING

I’m a huge advocate for online learning especially if you’re someone like me who have a full time day job, working and building on multiple businesses, and simply don’t have the time to go and be present in a physical classroom.

Majority of my time spent is literally in front of a computer. I’m constantly working, researching, and building myself from online. That’s why it just makes sense for me to learn and gain knowledge from online courses that can help me improve in my lifestyle through either personal goals, work or entrepreneurial skills.

I’ve experience doing both online and in person classroom learning and I can assure you both are very different. There’s no wrong or right way when it comes to learning but you do have to be able to adapt when specifically seeking online courses.

Your awareness of your timing and using strategy to be able to accomplish your goals for a successful online learning is crucial. My advice and tip of a list of do’s and don’ts in what to do, what to expect, and how to achieve your online learning will be a great advantage that will work to your favor.

DON’T

  1. Register for an online course that you may not have a real workable time for.
  2. Assume the work and assignments will be easy because that’s not always the case.
  3. Start the course without being fully prepared in what the online course will offer you before your learning begins.
  4. Go off course by procrastinating down the line when it comes to your time management. This will really come in handy when you have strict deadlines that you will have to meet for the class requirement.
  5. Miss the opportunity to experience interacting with the professor as much as possible when its available in the comfort of your own home.
  6. Waste time putting assignments off in the last minute. You won’t put your best foot forward by doing this.
  7. Use work that’s not your own. For example finding information on the Internet and then you copy and paste it, change a few words around trying to make it your own. Professors can’t be fool so don’t do it.
  8. Assume that your professor is not working much online and will not be available when you have a question to ask them especially if it’s through a one on one email. They’re working harder than you think online and they’re very consistent to responding to emails.
  9. Submit your work and have your professor give you feedback but you fail to respond back to the feedback given to you. This makes you look like you’re not interested in the course or the work and that can work against you.
  10. Send “how do I” emails without taking the time to watch how to tutorials when it comes to understanding and learning the platforms you are using to take your online courses. Professors really hate that especially when the answers are right in front of you. Just take the time to go through everything and learn the platform.

DO’S

  1. Get organize before and during your online courses. This includes reading and understanding the syllabus, viewing upcoming assignments, keeping track of projects and reading assignments, utilizing the necessary resources given through files, links, and so forth.
  2. Have reliable Internet that will help you download files or assignments when necessary.
  3. Have up to date software that will be used for your assignments such as Word, Excel, Photoshop, PDF, and so forth.
  4. Actively participate by asking necessary questions to your professor, contribute to group conversations, and connect with other students that are also in the online course with you.
  5. Have reliable technology to rely on when taking your online courses. Whether that’s in front of your computer, a tablet or mobile phone let it be good enough to be reliable.
  6. Take advantage of using all the resources given to you and save it as your own to go back to when you need the information to help support future personal projects. After a certain amount of time when the course is officially over, you won’t have the luxury to access back or review again on the school’s platform.
  7. Stay alert with any last minute changes, email updates, notifications on group discussions, and discussion boards.
  8. Make connections with your classmates. If this is possible, you will be able to be part of a community with your classmates that will help support each other overcome obstacles whether that’s through Facebook, the school community boards, WhatsApp, etc.
  9. Allow yourself to keep learning even after your course is over. You want to utilize and apply your new knowledge into your business, personal skills or even for your current job.
  10. Take the moment to enjoy the learning of the online course. I’m pretty sure it’s not free so you might as well get your money’s worth.