by Michael S. Miller, Ed.D. There is a great deal of information on the internet regarding how to be successful in an online course. One can find anything from tips for managing your time to staying organized. Much of what is written is done so by researchers and poll groups; little information exists from actual online professors. Having spent several years now teaching online, the following are some general guidelines from someone in the trenches. While this list may seem simple and “common sense,” you would be surprised at how few students actually follow them. 1. Check your email regularly. The main form of communication in the online learning environment is through email. Your school and professor will likely use this as the first step in getting information to you. Many online professors do not have access to your phone number…so the next best thing is email. Professors may use email to notify you of a missing assignment, an incorrectly submitte
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