Research consultation appointments with your librarian can be in person or virtually via phone, chat, or web conference.  For more information about the distance learning support or to make an appointment email the librarian.

Online learning is different from residential instruction. It has been found that to be a successful student in an online learning environment, students must be/have:

• Good organizational skills
• A strong work ethic
• Self-motivated
• An effective communicator in writing
• Able to think independently
• Highly committed to the distance learning process

An online class has the same time requirements as a residential course. Although it is a different format, it does have the same academic rigor and instructional requirements that are found in residential classes.

Flexibility is one of the great benefits of online learning, but persistence and effective time-management skills are the biggest factors for succeeding in the online environment.

Once you decided to take an online class, make sure that you follow these major procedures:

  • Review the syllabus for a course.
  • Develop a plan for completing assignments.
  • Make a daily or weekly “To Do” list.

Communication skills are very important in online learning. Students must be able to communicate orally and in written form via emails or chats with the instructor and/or peer students during scheduled online consultations and forums. As an online learner, you will be provided with the instructor’s email. Students can also contact instructors directly via their course pages on Moodle (Online Learning Portal). Instructors are responsible for answering your questions and helping you to succeed, so don’t be shy about communicating with your teacher online! When communicating with instructors, formulate your questions using grammatically correct sentences and respectful tone. Do not use informal style of writing in emails and chat postinnts. It is important for students to not plagiarize, and submit original work that includes the appropriate citations. Academic Conduct can be reviewed in the student General Catalog.