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Get yourself ready for online classes

The State of California's Online Education Initiative (OEI) has developed an innovative set of interactive tutorials and tools, which may increase your chances of success in any online course. These tutorials are interactive, helpful, and easily accessible.

Whether this is your first time taking online classes, or you have taken a few online courses in the past; you will find that these resources are tailored to your needs and are focused on enhancing the academic and technical skills needed for success in the online learning environment.

Step 2: Review these tips for being successful in online courses

Commit to a schedule

  • Schedule three hours of online time and six hours of assignment time per week for online courses. Be realistic when signing up for online courses
  • Balance academic and personal commitments. Study during your prime time.
  • Avoid putting off online coursework until you have completed everything else.
  • Study when you are most alert and benefit the most from learning. Attend mandatory orientations or campus meetings for classes that are Hybrid.
  • Realize that when the instructor says the orientation is mandatory, she or he has a reason. Honor assignment due dates
  • Pay attention to due dates posted by the instructor. If you post late, you may get less credit or no credit.
Commit to the online class community
  • Participate in online discussions to a help create a dynamic online community which replaces classroom discussion Be a “squeaky wheel” when unmotivated or procrastinating or need help.
  • Email instructor immediately for missed work, extra feedback, anticipated absences or other problems.
  • Read carefully and follow all printed instructions for every lesson. Print out and check off completed tasks.
Have your computer and textbook ready before class starts
  • Secure a home computer with Internet access. Have a computer contingency plan as well.
  • Purchase the textbook early. You will have to find another solution if there is a delay in getting the textbook.
  • Read the course overview module, before starting class.

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