If I was paid a dollar this semester for every time I heard/read a student say this, I’d be rich. Well, at least I’d have enough for daily Starbucks.

It’s so confusing having an online class! I can’t ever remember when things are due…

Here’s my suggestion.

Create a Google Calendar for yourself. (Here’s how.) Your Google Calendar is available from any computer, and it can automatically synchronize with many popular smart phones (like the iPhone, BlackBerry or Palm Pre) — which means that you’ll have the ability to know when things are due no matter where you are, 24/7.

For my classes, look in BlackBoard/GeorgiaVIEW for deadlines for:

  • Assessments (quizzes, Readiness Assessment Tests AKA RATS, etc.) — note: not all my classes have formal assessments via BlackBoard/GeorgiaVIEW
  • Assignments

Look here on my blog for blogging guidelines and descriptions of when your blog posts are due. These vary by class. And remember to include your TOWs (Topics of the Week) for those classes that include them as part of the assignment (all but PRCA 3711/4711 and FYE 1220); TOWs are due Saturdays at midnight.

Create a calendar entry in your Google Calendar for each item that is due. Set interim deadlines for yourself for larger projects. You can tell Google Calendar to send you a reminder about any deadline you choose.

And that’s all there is to it. At least, except for the “completing the assignments” part.

Hope you found this helpful.

(NOTE: If you have another calendar method you prefer, and it already works well for you, USE IT. No need to switch. But if you’re having trouble staying on top of your classes, try this method. It’s how I keep myself organized.)

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Google Reader in Plain English

On August 26, 2008, in public relations, by Barbara Nixon

Lee and Sachi Lefever, otherwise known as the fine folks from Common Craft, have produced yet another in their “In Plain English” series. In this latest installation, they explain Google Reader, in plain English, of course.

I’ve been a user of Google Reader for about a year now. It helps me by consolidating all the RSS feeds of blogs that I like to keep up with. Here’s a very short list of some of my favorite blogs:

And for some background, you may also want to watch one of Common Craft’s first paperworks explanations: RSS in Plain English.

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