Checklist for Student Success in Online Courses

Before your Class Begins

Read: 10 tips for success as an online student

First Day of Class

  • What if I do not see my class in Blackboard? 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