Checklist for Student Success in Online Courses

Before your Class Begins

Brightspace Resources – Brightspace Learning Management Software (LMS)

Getting Help or Technical Assistance
UVM Knowledge Base articles about Brightspace
Book an appointment with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Staff
New Brightspace Community Site
Center for Teaching and Learning

Read: 10 tips for success as an online student

First Day of Class

  • What if I do not see my class in Brightspace? 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, do 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.
  • If you need tutoring we recommend Wyzant (extra fees apply)

End of Class

  • Complete the end of course evaluation