Preparing for online classroom course may not be the same as if you are doing your learning in a traditional classroom. There are lots of things to consider and the paradigm shift in the pedagogy may appear queer and unusual at first. However, after hurdling the initial phase of learning, students of online courses will get the hang of it and they will find online learning to their liking.
It is important that before you start the courseware you must have everything that you need. The hardware compliance should be dealt with even before you sign up for the course. This should give you ample time to comply with the minimum system requirements that is needed to run the courses on your computer. Another thing that you need to procure is the Internet connection. It is important that you have a stable and reliable Internet connection at home or at the place where you intend to do your learning. Most of the online classrooms depend on the Internet to deliver the lectures, video sessions, chat sessions and the assignments including peer reviews.
Aside from providing a nook for your learning, it is also important to have a place where you can put your school stuff. Even if it consist of two folders, it is only right to have a place where you can tuck them away after your online classroom session. Put your books, school supplies such as your pen and notebooks all in one place so that you will not get stressed out when you are trying to look for them as the class is about to start. If you can put it in a backpack as if you are going to a campus, so you can still have that school spirit even if you learn in your pajamas at home.
Learning the virtual classroom is one important thing to do. The fact is not all schools have the same interface. Each online school adheres to different design paradigm when designing their virtual classroom. That is why there is a need to familiarize on the different home page design. Explore the website and know where are the links and the navigational tools to seek the resources that you may need later.
It pay to be proactive, if you can have access to the courseware ahead of the initial day of instruction do so. It will give you more time to digest everything before the professor will discuss the lessons. Oftentimes you may get this option ahead but don’t lose sleep if you don’t.
Before you start learning, make sure that your email address is working. The email is the primary communications tool that the virtual classroom will use to communicate with you.
As it is, learning is fun online – and yet, it takes a while to get to use to it. The important thing is that you open your mind and be mindful of the advantage that it can give you scholastic life.
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