Expectations and Strategies for Online Learning Success
Learning in an online environment and at a college level is different than learning in a physical classroom. You must be self-directed, stay focused, and take charge of your own learning.
As you complete your course, keep up with the schedule of reading, discussions, and assignments listed in course Modules. Your instructor and TA will evaluate your performance in this course in three areas: timeliness, quality of work, and effectiveness of communication.
To be successful in your online course at Brown, follow the advice and strategies below.
1. Log in Daily.
Start on day one! Self-paced learning means that students are responsible for managing their time effectively to keep up with coursework. All assignments, quizzes, discussion responses, etc., are due at the end of the Module week in which they are assigned. Although you can go back and complete work that's overdue at any time, it's best to keep up with the rest of the class to get the most out of the work and to contribute to discussions in a timely manner.
2. Schedule Time Each Day to Complete Your Coursework.
While online courses give you the flexibility to work on the course wherever and whenever you wish, there are deadlines and due dates just like in your other courses. Make sure that you are aware of the course due dates and plan your time accordingly. You may be involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, theater, debate team, etc., and there will be times that are busier for you. Plan accordingly so you can keep up with coursework. If you know you will be unable to access the course for a period of time, let your instructor know as soon as possible.
3. Participate in Discussions.
Discussion forums are like "class participation" at your school. The best way to actively engage with your instructor and your classmates is by making meaningful contributions to the discussions. Discussions are also an integral part of your instructor’s final evaluation of your work at the end of the course. Take the time to visit the discussions every day, post as part of or in addition to the assigned work, and comment on the other posts there. You will get more out of the course by exchanging ideas with your peers, and you will create connections with your classmates by participating with them in discussions.
4. Practice Academic Integrity.
Be aware of Brown's Pre-College Academic Policies and Code of Conduct.
5. Ask for Help.
Once you have access to your course, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. We are here for you!
- Course Content Questions: From your course site, click "Help" at the top right of the screen to "Ask Your Instructor a Question."
- Technical Support: Click Help at the top right of the screen to "Get Help Using Live Chat" via Brown’s Computing & Information Services, or call 401-863-4357 (M-F 8:30am – 5pm EST; summer hours: 8am-4pm EST)
- All other issues: Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.