Considering Online Classes?
Online classes are a convenient alternative to traditional classroom learning, but don’t expect it to be easier or take less time and effort.
Before signing up for an online class:
Make sure that you have regular access to a computer and the internet. If not, some buildings like the ATC have computers you can use.
Check with the instructor to make sure that you have everything that is needed to access the class, complete assignments/tests, and upload information.
Learn how to send/receive e-mails, use the web, store/ retrieve files, and upload/download files from the internet BEFORE the class begins.
You should be proactive, quickly reporting and following up on problems and issues.
If you need regular access to an instructor to ask questions, then online classes might not be the best fit for you.
Set a schedule and stick to it!
For a 3-credit class, instructors often expect students to logon to their class for at least 3-5 hours of online work a week. Set aside time each week for your class.
For more information about Time Management, go the the pages on this site by clicking below.
Pay attention to deadlines!
Students who are successful in completing their online courses know how to meet deadlines (ex., online discussions, work group activities, graded assignments, etc.).
If you need help with this, contact us or check out the Time Management videos on this site.
Don't wait until the last minute to work on the assignments. If the internet is down, you might not be able to submit your work.
Save your work!
Remember to save all of your work to an online source (like your Google drive) or a flash drive. That way, if your computer or the internet "crashes," you do not lose your work.
Ask for help when you need it!
If you're having an issue with an assignment, reach out to your professor.
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If you're having a technology issue, contact Pierpont's Information Technology (IT) department.
(304) 333-3731 or HELP@pierpont.edu
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