To succeed in an online course, you should:

  • Be willing and able to spend 6 to 9 hours per week working on each 3-credit hour course you take.
  • Log into your course several times every week. If you fall behind, it will be hard to catch up.
  • Manage your time wisely. For example, set aside specific times to work on your online course materials, and create a "to do" list of items to complete each week.
  • Read everything carefully. Course announcements, emails, and instructions all contain important information that you need to know in order to do well in the course.
  • Give yourself ample time to think about what you write in an email or post to a discussion board.
  • Avoid waiting until the last minute to submit assignments or take quizzes/tests online. If you experience technical difficulties right at the deadline, there won't be time to fix them.
  • Know how to access a secondary computer system if your primary computer or mobile device fails. (Examples: The on-campus computer labs or the local library.)
  • Contact the Student Help Desk at 972-669-6402, 1-866-374-7169, or Student Technical Support if a technical glitch occurs.
  • Keep a backup of all submitted assignments.
  • Let your instructor know if you’re having a problem, or if you have any questions about your course.

Updated 8/13/19