Your UWM courses have been moved online for the rest of the semester, and you might be somewhat anxious about the transition. The good news is that UWM has a strong reputation for offering high-quality online courses, and research shows that online learning works. Even if you have never taken an online course before, you can be successful!
Here is some advice on how to be a successful online learner:
Check Canvas and UWM Email Daily
Your instructors will probably communicate with you through Canvas or your UWM email. Check them daily! You don’t want to miss out on important announcements about course changes or due dates. Contact your instructor through Canvas or UWM email if you are confused or have questions. Now is the time to be proactive.
Develop a Study Plan
Online learning requires a bit more discipline, time management, and self-motivation. Develop a schedule of when you plan to do your coursework, and stick to it! Find a distraction-free space to do your work, avoid multitasking during your established work times, and give yourself a little extra time to complete your assignments. These are all good study habits that will serve you well under any circumstances.
Your instructors will probably modify their courses in different ways. For example, in one class, you may be asked to watch a video lecture or participate in a Canvas discussion forum, and in another class, you may be asked to participate virtually during your normally scheduled class times. Use a to-do list and a calendar to keep track of assignments, due dates, and virtual meetings.
Complete All Assignments
Your instructors may reduce the number of assignments required for the course, which means that some coursework could end up being worth more toward your final grade. Make sure that you complete every assignment! Missing homework can quickly affect your grade, and most importantly, the assignments in the course are there to help you demonstrate your learning.
Connect with Other Students
Your classmates are a great resource, so connect with them! For each of your classes, find a partner that you check in with regularly through email or text. Set up virtual study sessions. Give it your all when you contribute to online discussions.
These are certainly unprecedented times. Give yourself a break. Give your classmates a break. Give your instructors a break. Everyone is trying their best, so be as flexible as possible. We will make it through this!
Use Online Campus Resources
Even though classes have been moved online or in an alternate format, you still have access to helpful campus resources. Be sure to take advantage of them to help you stay successful this semester.