- Check Moodle often for updates. Instructors are encouraged to use Moodle to keep you informed. Your instructors will contact you with information regarding scheduled tests and exams.
- After checking Moodle and your MC email, if you aren’t sure how and when your classes will be held, reach out to your instructors directly via email.
- Contact the IT Help Desk Support if you have questions about tech tools.
- If offered, participate in virtual office hours over Zoom.
- Keep in touch with classmates, including having regularly scheduled check-ins or study groups, similar to what you did on campus. You can use Zoom for these meetings.
Take care of yourself.
- Stay healthy by getting adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise. Schedule time to take care of yourself.
- Stay connected to friends and classmates online--to study, to offer each other support, and to keep from feeling isolated. You can create your own Zoom meetings to start study groups or have study breaks.
- Monitor your self-talk and stay positive.
Manage your environment.
- Schedule specific times in your day to dedicate to studying or participating in your online class. Check with your instructor if you should be calling into live Zoom broadcasts.
- Don't try to multitask, since research shows it doesn't really work, making tasks take longer and leading to mistakes. Instead, make blocks of time to focus on one class task at a time.
- Consider using the "Do Not Disturb" function on your devices when you are trying to minimize distractions.
- Find a space that is comfortable and allows you to focus. This can be your home base for coursework.
Develop proper internet etiquette.
- Use proper language. This means no emoticons, text message language, or swear words. The discussion board is like a workplace and is meant to be professional.
- Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything to the discussion board. This is especially important if your instructor is grading these comments.
- Read through your comments at least twice before hitting submit. (Some professors use settings that allow students to edit their responses, while others don't.)
- Don't type in ALL CAPS! If you do, it will look like you are screaming.
- Recognize and respect diversity. It's ok to ask questions to clarify things you don't understand. If you're not sure, email the professor privately for more information.
- Avoid sarcasm and dark humor. Take your posts seriously. Never say online what you wouldn't say in real life to another person’s face. Your posts are a permanent record, so think about the type of record you want to leave behind.
- If you are frustrated and finding the course material difficult, please reach out to the professor, use the tutor resources, etc. You can ask your peers for study tips. A discussion board is not the venue to complain about why you need to take this course or how hard you have to work.
- Don't wait until the last minute to make your post. Allow time for other students to respond before the deadline. Likewise, don't wait to post your replies until the deadline; the author deserves an opportunity to address any questions you have or respond to points you make.
- Before asking a question, check the instructor's FAQs or search your Learning Management System resources and/or the internet to see if the answer is obvious or easy to find.
- Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, whether it's a typo or grammatical error, don't badger him or her for it. Just let it go.
The same rules apply for email. "Hey, teach, heeeelp!" is probably not the best way to ask your professor a question. You should communicate with your professor in the same way that you would speak to your boss or a potential employer. Also, any email you send your professor should always include your name and which class you are taking. (Source: Higher Education | Pearson)
Ask for help.
Need tech support? We've got that, too.
- If you need learning accommodations, you can request help from Disability Services for your home campus.
- Reach out for support if you need it. Student Counseling & Disability Services can help you identify mental health resources to help you through this stressful time.
- Contact your instructor for resources specific to your courses.