How to Prepare for Your First Online Course

How to Prepare for Your First Online Course

online courseAlthough online courses have been designed to be as accessible as possible, there will always be some sort of prep work that needs to be done before embarking on a new course.  If you’ve never tried an online course before, this guide will give you some tips on how to prepare for your first online course.

Get The Necessary Equipment

You’ll obviously need a computer, tablet or mobile phone and an internet connection to do online coursework.  Make sure whatever you’re using is compatible with the course you’re taking.  You might also need some peripherals such as a webcam, microphone or printer.  Make sure you know how to use them and they’re working properly.  Download any software you’ll need and ensure its functioning properly before the course begins.  Failure to set yourself up properly could put you behind before you’re even able to start.

Create A Working Area

Having a dedicated working area will allow you get in the right mindset for getting work done.  It doesn’t have to be complicated – it could as simple as a comfortable chair and a small table.  But having a space that you can consider your “office” will help keep you organized while allowing you to focus on the tasks at hand.

Familiarize Yourself With The “School” Layout

Once you’re able to log into the system where you’ll be taking your course, you should take a tour of the online space to familiarize yourself with how it’s set up.  Check out all the links available to you to understand where things are kept and how they function.  If you have any questions about the online environment, you can get answers before the actual coursework begins.

Get An Overview Of The Course

Once you’re able to access it, you should read the course syllabus.  This will tell you want you’ll be expected to learn, the texts that you’ll need to read and when your assignments will be due.  This will give you a good idea of the amount of work that will need to be done and the timeline within which it’ll have to be completed.  Following the syllabus as the course progresses will also allow you to schedule your workload accordingly.

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