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Keep Learning, Teaching, and Working Resources

This guide acts as a reading list on how to keep teaching, learning, and working well in online environments.

What makes a successful online learner?

Develop a time-management strategy

  • Spend 4-15 hours per week, per class
  • Set aside blocks of time for each class on your calendar. The same time, the same day. A routine will help you to be successful.
  • You have to stay motivated and self-disciplined. You determine your success in this class.
  • If you can help it, work a couple hours each day instead of all one day
  • Create personal goals for motivation and focus

Staying Organized

  • Utilize your Catmail calendar to schedule blocks of time to work on your class and set reminders.
  • Each day, have a To Do List. This can be on a piece of paper or virtual and start your time by reviewing what needs to be done today and later this week.
  • LOOK AT YOUR SYLLABUS -- seriously

Blog on How to Stay Organized for College

Written communication skills

Discussion boards

Connect to the content and your classmates

  • Connect to your classmates. Talk via chat, email, text, etc. These connections are important for online students so you can learn from each other, but also to have a human connection.
  • Try to make the content as applicable to your life and future career. What does this mean to your life? How can you see using this in your future career? This type of thinking will help you to remember the content as well as make the class a bit more interesting.
  • Actually use the content or lose it...

Question

  • Ask the professor questions and tell them when something is going right or wrong
  • Question your classmates in discussions, it will make it more interesting
  • Ask questions that will actually enhance your learning
  • Use the mode of communication preferred by the instructor (e.g. email, Skype, phone) and don’t shrink away from these conversations

Acceptance (again, for those in the back)

  • Accept that critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making are part of the learning process
  • Everyone is struggling with this transition, including your professor. Be kind. Be patient.

Internet troubles? Check these out

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Altice USA  is offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their  footprint.
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • Cox COVID-19 response: New plans include offering a low-income internet tier with no annual contract and relaxing data usage overage charges for all tiers.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.

Basic skills and programs

Good vibes

  • Try to set up a space that is just for working on your course work to help you get in the zone
  • Desk/table, chair, good lighting, headphones to minimize noise distractions, etc
  • Avoid: T.V., gaming, social media, YouTube, Buzzfeed, phone, etc.
  • Creating Your Ideal Study Space (blog)