Online Course Orientation, York College

Hi My name is Andres. I’m a student here at York
College who’s taken several online courses and whether you’ve taken an online course or
not, in this brief video I’m going to introduce some do’s and don’ts to help you
get a good grade. Like regular classroom courses, online
courses are NOT equal. Relative difficulty of the
course, design of the course, how the instructor communicates, the tools that you’re using, will change from one on course to the
next. That is why we included in this program various tutorials on different
kinds of online tools and software you will encounter
in various online classes. There’s good news and bad news to this. The
good news is that you can make up your own work schedule. Now you don’t have to leave the comfort
of your own home to go to class. But the bad news is that it requires more study
time; you’re on your own and for that you have
to develop better studying skills. Okay, let’s go over some basics in taking
an online course. Do you have the right equipment? Like a computer? Basic, right? And is it working properly? Is it really slow? All this is going to
make your work more difficult. You can get by to some
extent with an iPad, but not with iPhone! Do you have a fast
wired internet connection? Nothing worse than losing connection the
middle an important webinar. And, do you have a quiet place at home to
work away from the rest of the family? Can you
schedule time during the day to work? No one could work in the middle of a noisy
living room. If you cannot say yes to each of these
basics, you might consider not taking an online course. Seriously. So about those study skills that I
mentioned earlier. You want to be sure you get acquainted with the
course before the class begins. So log in to the blackboard account, go in
to the folders, and check what’s there. You also want to
contact the instructor via email before the class even begins.
There are a lot of written instructions in an online course. This is how the instructor
tells you what is important and what to do. Read
them carefully. Confused when an assignment is due? Ask a question. Confused with what the assignment is? Ask a question. If you don’t know
where something is located? Then send an email. Next, check your instructor’s
feedback. Your instructor should be getting back to
you via email rather quickly, within 24 hours. Make it a habit to check
York College emails every day. This is how your instructor and
others in the class stay in contact. After submitting an assignment, look for
the instructor’s feedback. Next, get a work schedule. Find the schedule that works best for
you. It’s a great idea at the beginning of the semester to
create a calendar for yourself. Mark the due dates, and allocate time study. Log onto the
course site often. The number of discussion post can grow quickly.
Complete all of your assignments. Do not procrastinate. Do not get behind.
Do all the work, and get it in on time. Next, find a study partner. You have to have each
other’s backs. Finally, if you’ve never taken an online course
before, and feeling confused? This is natural. Just remember that your
online instructor is always available to answer your
questions via email. You will probably communicate more with your professor online in regular class. So remember, read instructions slowly and carefully
and then get your assignments and tasks done on time.
Keep moving forward, and keep asking questions throughout the
semester. So good luck with your online experience and I hope you do well this semester!

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