Doing Well in an Online Class
Online work can be done anytime (24/7), but there are deadlines and, in my classes, these are weekly deadlines. Time-management skills, independent learning, and self-discipline are essential. If you are a procrastinator, I do not recommend taking online classes. A lecture class meets 3 hours per week with at least an additional 3 - 6 hours of homework per week. Plan on spending an equivalent amount of time on my online classes.
Each online class is unique to the instructor and subject area. My classes include many tools available for learning and studying psychology, whatever your learning style. The courses maintain the quality and comprehensiveness of a traditional class, but use different methods to do so. Lecture is replaced with presentations, animations, interactive exercises, videos, discussions, written assignments, and testing. Weekly assignments include quizzes (both timed and untimed), discussion posting, and written reports. Good writing skills are essential. Optional, extra-credit assignments can be used make up some missed work.
See: Cuyamaca College Online Success Website including:
1) Ready for online learning
2) Apply to college and register for classes
3) Acquire the right equipment and skills
4) Blackboard basics
Also see Blackboard Tutorial Videos for training in the online course management systems used for most online courses.