We’ve now (almost) finished Week Two of my online courses at Georgia Southern University. On a daily basis, I am receiving e-mails from students saying they’re confused about what to do and when. I know that taking online classes is new for most of you. So here are some tips that should help clarify things:

  1. Read all e-mails I send to you at your georgiasouthern.edu account.
  2. Read the 10 FAQs About My Online Classes at GSU that I originally posted during my first week of class. (I updated the list slightly this morning.)
  3. Attend the “live” sessions I host, when you can, in the Wimba Live Classroom on GeorgiaVIEW. I know some of you have classes or full-time jobs that don’t allow you much flexibility in your schedule. For that reason, I have recorded ALL of the live sessions I’ve held. However, when I look in the Tracking, I see that just a small handful of students have accessed the archives. There is information I share “live” in those sessions that you may not find elsewhere. It’s in your best interest to attend / watch / listen. (Just like if you miss class for a traditional brick & mortar class you wouldn’t expect the professor to rehash everything for you individually, you should not expect it for an online class.) If you ask me a question via e-mail that I addressed in a live session, I’ll probably refer you to the live session archives to find the answer.
  4. When I schedule a “live” online class, I always send out a meeting notice via Google Calendar. Either accept or decline the notice so I can know how many to expect. (This also lets me know that you received the notice.)
  5. Buddy up with another person in your class. Keep in touch with him/her every few days. Rely on each other to work through issues/questions before e-mailing me. You can see the Roster for your class in GeorgiaVIEW.
  6. Check GeorgiaVIEW for the “regular” (as in non-blog) assignments & assessments. Many times, the brief description of the assignment in GeorgiaVIEW will have a link to the complete description here on my blog.
  7. To know what is expected in your blog, read the Blogging Guidelines for your specific class.
  8. Finally, if you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information available at my blog (some of which may not apply to your specific class), look on the left sidebar of my blog. You’ll see a widget titled “GSU Class Links.” Click on the Category that describes your class, and up will pop ONLY the blog posts that apply to your class.

The main reason I have everything here in one blog is that I have many students who are in multiple classes with me. It makes sense to centralize the information so no one needs to remember where to go to find their information. As long as you remember to click on the Category of your class, you should find my blog easy to navigate. And who knows, you may even learn something be reading about what is going on in other classes.


44 Responses to GSU Week Two of Online Classes :: 8 Tips for Success (Spring 2010)

  1. Kristina Bundy says:

    This was a big help! I just made my google calender yesterday.

  2. I have read the post. It was very helpful. Thanks!

  3. Micaela Carter says:

    Thanks for posting this, I know it will help!

  4. I am sorry, I could’ve sworn I already writtena comment on this post 🙂 But I couldn’t find it just now. I am going through your blog to see what might be helpful to me as far as PRCA 3330 and commenting where I need to.

  5. Nicole Blochinger says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I have read this blog 🙂

  6. Nicole Barlow says:

    Thank you very much. I did read it and it was very helpful.

  7. Brigitte Gausche says:

    I have read it. Thank you!

  8. Rebecca says:

    I paired up with someone so I think I’m on the right track now. We’ll see.

  9. Erica Campbell says:

    I have read the post, thank you!

  10. Thanks for the tips!

  11. Jon says:

    Read the post. Thanks!

  12. Olivia Jordan says:

    I have read it. Thanks for the help

  13. Randy says:

    read it thank you

  14. Jacob Page FYE1220 says:

    I have read it

  15. Jessica Durrence FYE 1220 says:

    I have read the information. Thank you!

  16. Victoria Greene says:

    Thanks for the info…

  17. Kate Kavanagh says:

    Thank you for this post, it was very helpful. PRCA 3330

  18. Jessica Teal says:

    PRCA 3033 I read it. Thanks

  19. Jeff Carter says:

    I have read it.

  20. matt cook says:

    I read it! It helped out a lot!

  21. Michelle Vegliante says:

    Read the Post!

    I’m still a little unclear as to how to access our classmate’s blogs? And where to find blog topics for the week?


  22. Allie Schlumper says:

    I have read this post and it was helpful. Thanks!


  23. Daniel Sallerson says:

    I have read the post. Thank You!

  24. Lauryn Williams says:

    I have read the post and it gave some helpful ideas! Thank you.

    Lauryn Williams

  25. Allie Harrington says:

    I have read it!
    Allie Harrington

  26. Thank you! I’ve read this!

  27. I read it Prof. Nixon ;-).

  28. Maria Burton says:

    Thanks…Found this information to be very helpful.

  29. Read it! Thanks Prof. Nixon. I also got your email on how to accept/decline events on Google Calendar and had some trouble understanding how to do so (for some reason!) but hopefully will get it the next time you send out an invite!


  30. lauren whitener says:

    i have read the blog and i found it to be very helpful!

  31. Dr. Pam says:

    Dr. Pam has read this information, too. In the “real world” you may have to manage work with clients and colleagues by e-mail, on the web, etc. Use this as an opportunity to prepare yourself for any number of life projects. And remember, no whining if you aren’t reading and/or following directions….

  32. Matt Mauney says:

    I’ve read this. Very helpful. Thanks!

  33. Shelley Martin says:

    I have read the post! Thank you so much for the information!

  34. Thank you! I’ve read this!

  35. Martine Howell says:

    If people read for comprehension this post would be unnecessary.

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  37. lauren woodward says:

    read it! thx

  38. Brittany Cook says:

    Thanks for the information. It was very helpful


  39. Michelle Blubaugh says:

    I have read the post. Thank you very much

  40. Femi O says:

    Thanks for the info. The division will help since separate the different classes.

    Femi O

  41. Eryn Pond says:

    Kristen Kelley and I were trying to find other student’s blog but do not know where to look. Are you going to post a blogroll for any of the classes this semester?


  42. I read it and it was helpful to know where to look for the topics of the week to blog about .