Online Learning Tips
The real measure of a successful college career will not be the grades you earn or the job you get, but rather the intangible benefits of living and learning in an intellectual environment.
You will be responsible for learning on your own and for getting the most out of classes and textbooks. Your intellectual curiosity will be heightened and, hopefully, you will experience the satisfaction that comes with the knowledge and with accomplishment. You will be forced to make choices and to discipline yourself in order to take full advantage of the wonderful opportunities that await you.
In order to be a successful distance learner, it is important to develop good habits early. Below are some general tips for success in the Online MBA program:
- Use the information on the website for specific information about course descriptions, schedules, syllabi, and text book information.
- Check your email on a daily basis. Remember to check your WVU eCampus and MIX accounts regularly. To protect your privacy, we will only communicate with you using your MIX email.
- Keep us informed of your most current personal information, such as address, telephone and alternate email addresses.
- Communicate problems early! If you encounter a problem with your course or have an issue you need resolved, don’t hesitate to contact the appropriate person. For course problems, contact your professor first. For program issues, contact your academic advisor as soon as possible.
- If you are working from a personal computer, it may be helpful to set up the WVU eCampus login page as your personal homepage throughout the duration of the program. This will remind you to check the site daily.
- Log in to your courses daily. You should plan on spending as much (or more) time online for the class as you would spend attending a standard on-campus graduate-level class. You may want to schedule a specific time that you will work on the class each day. Remember, you will need to be online most weekdays during the term.
- Plan for an average of 10-15 hours per week to complete your coursework. Some students develop a schedule each week that allows them to effectively meet coursework deadlines over several days or sessions. Don’t wait until the day an assignment is due to begin working on it!
- Print the course syllabi and your weekly assignments during the first week of class so that you know what is expected of you during the semester. Many students maintain a separate calendar for coursework and record all scheduled deadlines to ensure they don’t miss an assignment. When you complete a course, you will no longer have access to eCampus for that course, so print or save anything that you may wish to refer to for future courses.
- Always draft your discussion postings and emails in a Word document prior to posting them online. There is no spell check in WVU eCampus and it is easy to lose your work if the system times out. Also, if you click on another discussion posting before you have uploaded the one you are drafting, your work will be lost. Creating the post in a text document and then copying and pasting it online can save you time and aggravation.
- You are encouraged to archive coursework in an organized system on your computer. This will prevent you from accidentally submitting assignments from other courses and will make it easy to find an assignment if your professor requests that you resubmit your work.
- Plan vacations and travel around your coursework whenever possible. If travel during an term is unavoidable, you must ensure that you will be able to keep up with your coursework prior to beginning your travel. Lack of internet access is never an excuse for missed deadlines. Please remember that attendance at your on campus residencies is mandatory.