Over the years we’ve discovered a number of different things that help students be successful in their online classes. There are few different things that we recommend students do before class starts, the first one is to participate in the Blackboard webinar. When you log into Blackboard, on the right hand side you’ll see a box that talks about the Blackboard webinar. There will be information there about dates and times of upcoming webinars and also a link to an archived webinar so if you aren’t able to view one of the live sessions you can go in and view the archive.
Also we recommend viewing the Online Orientation website that gives information about what your online class will look like and gives information about how to submit assignments and participate discussion boards and some other things that you’re commonly do you in a lot of different online courses. Also we recommend getting to know the different resources that area variable to you. Moreover, you can find out additional source about community colleges near you and online community college courses.
There are many different places that you can go to get help view help documentation and help videos You’ll have access to your course in Blackboard three days before your courses official start date, so if your course officially starts on Monday, you’ll actually have access to it in Blackboard starting on Friday. So the first thing we recommend doing is going into your course and going into the Start Here menu and downloading your course syllabus and calendar. Make sure that you read through those thoroughly, there’s lots of useful information in there about your course, it includes course policies, college policies, contact information, lots of important things to have handy.
One of the most important factors to success in an online course is time management. It’s very important to make sure that you manage your time wisely. One of our recommendations is buying your books and other course materials early. Your course may be part of the included program and in that case your books and materials will already be embedded into your course but if you need to buy the book separately we recommend doing that as early as possible.