class materials well in advance of the beginning of the course.
thoroughly familiar with the syllabus and course structure.
course web site often for updates and new assignments.
online course conferences and resources (e.g. bulletin boards, listservs, email
account, chat rooms, etc.) at least once a day or as often as is recommended by
yourself with the instructor's electronic office hours.
assignment sheet thoroughly and carefully.
Note the due
dates for each assignment, even those that don't require that you turn something
instructor with any questions well in advance of due dates.
rough drafts as instructed.
instructions and rules for the course precisely.
follow the assigned guidelines for email etiquette.
assignments on a word processor to take advantage of spell and grammar checks.
Plan to hand
in assignments a minimum for four to five hours before they are due to ensure
Internet processing time, down time, and time differences across the country.
access online resources, initiate and guide discussions, encourage cooperation,
collaboration, and growth for all participants in the course.
reflect on what you are learning throughout the duration of the course, not just
at the end.