By high school, you know the ins and outs of the classroom. But what about online learning classes? The time has come to know about it!
The rise of online learning classrooms and attending lectures virtually has only increased during this unprecedented time — one of the main effects of COVID-19 for students in universities, colleges, or other educational institutions around the world.
Online learning offers students the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their bedrooms, on their couches, and in their living rooms. Check out our list of do’s and don’ts for success in your online classes:
The do’s for online learning:
- Wear appropriate clothes – the kind that you would usually wear to class. Wear a nice shirt during the school day and comfortable clothing at the end.
- Create an optimal study/workspace. Choose a place in your house where you can clear space for your computer, notebooks, and other tools. Ensure you have a reliable Internet connection where you will be working.
- Make sure all your technology is working properly before class begins, including your monitor, headphones, and microphone.
- Charge your tablet or laptop before class or simply leave it plugged in during class.
- Use the restroom before class to avoid getting up multiple times.
- Before the class or meeting, check your visuals to make sure the background is neutral and not distracting. Ensure your camera is in clear, straight view and that you are sitting up straight with your head and shoulders on the screen.
- If you live with other people, inform them of your schedule so that they can respect your privacy as much as possible, or politely ask them not to disturb you at certain times, or lock your door to prevent interruptions.
- Reading the syllabus beforehand will help you prepare for the course material and discussion, as well as meet any specific deadlines.
- Keep water and a snack on hand. Taking online courses may not involve physical activity, but you may get hungry and thirsty. Keep food and water close at hand for easy access instead of getting up to grab them.
- Do login and arrive at the virtual class on time, preferably several minutes before the scheduled start time. When the teacher begins the virtual class, sit in your seat with your materials gathered.
- Use the mute function. The mute button is your friend in a busy virtual classroom. Mute yourself during lectures and when other students ask questions.
- Participate as much as possible. Take notes and ask questions when needed.
- Use the chat feature responsibly. Feel free to ask for help, provide a quick answer, or comment on a classmate’s point.
- Don’t engage in online activities that may distract you from your class or meeting, such as social media websites, videos, or shopping. Block pop-ups and turn off notifications during class.
The don’ts for online learning
- Stay away from distractions. A study space should be free of distractions such as the TV, game console, or family pets.
- Don’t snack without first muting yourself. No one wants to hear loud chewing sounds. Put the mute on before taking a bite, no matter the snack.
- Avoid turning off your camera for long periods or frequently to get up and do things around the house.
- Don’t wait for the teacher to tell you to mute. If someone or something loud enters your study area, you should mute yourself immediately to avoid disturbing your classmates.
- Please don’t post links and memes in the chat. It is not the place to socialize with your classmates. Save funny videos, memes, and gifs for private messaging.
- Don’t blame technical problems for late or missed assignments. In cases of technical difficulties, let your instructor know in advance and find an alternative method for submitting your work.
- In case of technical difficulties, such as losing your Internet connection or accidentally logging out of a meeting, don’t give up. Be sure to make every effort to resume your attendance and participation in class before informing your teacher.
If you follow these do’s and don’ts, you’ll be ready to succeed in your online courses and reach your educational goals.