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How to Manage your Online Course

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A key to managing an online course is to stay on top of the things you need to do each week.  At the start of each week, identify the readings and tasks assigned to you in your course syllabus. Here’s a general breakdown of common assignments to stay on top of:

Weekly Assignments

Think of your weekly assignments as chunks.  Every week, there’s a new topic to learn and consequently, a new chunk of assignments & activities to complete.  Fortunately, most professors are consistent with the procedures involved in learning each week.  For example, each week you may have to read, post your reaction to the reading, respond to 1-3 of your peers’ posts, and then repeat this process the next week with a different topic.

Here’s what this looks like for all the visual learners:

Common Structure of Weekly Assignments in Online Classes
Week 1  Read assigned readings Post to discussion board Reply to 2 posts Review Syllabus
Week 2 Read assigned readings Post to discussion board Reply to 2 posts
Week 3 Read assigned readings Post to discussion board Reply to 2 posts Submit 5-10 page paper
Week 4 Read assigned readings Post to discussion board Reply to 2 posts

Major Online Assignments

Major online assignments, such as tests or written papers often emerge every few weeks in an online course.  It’s best to start preparing for these assignments about 7-14 days before they are due, depending on the type of test or length and requirements of written work.  Why?  These assignments tend to weigh heavier on your final grade.

Course Assignment Tracker

Manage your online course effectively by maintaining an updated weekly assignment tracker.  Need some help? We’ve got you covered with an already-made weekly course assignment tracker template.

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