Learning online can be a challenge, especially if you’re suddenly having to shift into it from a face-to-face course. Lessons and assignments can take on a very different form, and the social dynamic can leave you feeling pretty isolated.
In spite of this, online learning does offer some benefits. Most online courses offer greater flexibility for students. Even though tests and assignments usually have a specific due date and time, lessons and lectures are most often offered asynchronously, meaning you can access them when it’s convenient for your schedule. And, because those lectures are often printed or on video, students have a resource they can review multiple times as they study. This is different from the “one and done” phenomenon of most live lectures in face-to-face instruction.
There are some very real challenges to online learning, as well. In this article, we offer some tips and guidelines to help you better navigate these challenges.
INTERACTION & COMMUNICATION
One of the key benefits of face-to-face instruction is the high level of informal interactivity that is automatically present. This is not the case in online, and is probably what you will miss the most. Even though interaction is usually more formal and less spontaneous, it’s important to take a moment to learn to use the communication tools appropriately.
Tips for Participating in a Live Online Meeting
HOW TO GUIDES & TUTORIALS
We have assembled a special collection of Guides & Tutorials on moving to online courses. Please consult these guides.
We will be conducting live Zoom webinars to assist students with questions and issues in their online courses.
Students with specific account needs should contact the Help Desk directly.
HELP DESK & INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT
Due to the increased level of need, individual support is extremely limited, and walk-in support is not available. Individuals can request support by going to www.athens.edu/helpdesk. You will be contacted as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
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