Checklist for Student Success in Online Credit Courses

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First Day of Class

  • What if I do not see my class in the Learning Management System? We recommend emailing your instructor to find out when it will be available
  • Plan to spend time orienting yourself to the course, course layout, structure and course expectations.
  • Print a copy of the course Syllabus.
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (if your instructor asks you to do so.)
  • Know where to find your course lectures and assignments
  • Add all due dates and important course related dates into your personal calendar

Time Management Tip

Plan to spend anywhere from 5-20 hours per week working on your course. Time spent will depend on the length of the course.


Every Week of the Class

  • Know the day of the week when a new week or module begins. Be sure
    to log in that day to identify your assignments for the week.
  • Set aside time in your daily schedule to log in, complete course work, assignments and/or participate in online discussions.
  • If you have questions or need help with course content, do not delay in reaching out to your instructor.
  • Do not fall behind in your coursework.¬†It is hard to catch up.
  • Develop a time management strategy.
  • Check your grades in My Grades.

End of Class

  • Complete the end of course evaluation
  • Celebrate!