Are you a brand new online student? Then this week’s series on the LoudCloud blog is for YOU! We’re chronicling the Day in the Life of an Online Student and highlighting what you should do each day of your class. Let’s get started with Day 1.
You arrive to your new class. The first thing to do is to head on over to the Class Wall to meet your instructor and your classmates. You’ll notice six tabs across the top of your classroom; hover your mouse on the ‘Connect’ tab and click ‘Class Wall’ from the drop down menu.
The Class Wall is like an online coffee shop – it’s where you come to learn a little bit about your instructor and your classmates through the bios that they’ve posted. Your instructor has probably already posted his or her bio. Read that one first because your instructor might ask you to address something specific in your own bio, like why you’re taking this class or what you hope to gain out of it. The Class Wall works a bit like Facebook. You can respond to your instructor’s or a classmate’s bio or you can just like it by clicking the thumbs up.
Be sure to post a bio of your own. This is your time to do a bit a bragging about yourself. Are you awesome baker with the best chocolate chip cookies in the world? Or maybe you just ran your third marathon. Proud grandma with your sixth grandchild on the way? Those are all the great things that make you, well you! Feel free to share a much or as little about yourself as your like. Just type up your bio in the box and click ‘Post’. You do have some options like changing the font or using bold, italics, or underline to highlight something extra important in your bio.
Just be sure to check back for any comments on your bio and to meet the rest of your classmates that might not have checked in yet when you posted.
Next, write down your instructor’s contact information in a safe place. You just never know when you might need it and not have access to your class or even the internet. You can find your instructor’s contact information under the Connect tab by clicking ‘Roster’. From the roster, click on your instructor’s name to open their profile and see office hours, a phone number, and an email that you can reach your instructor at outside of your online classroom.
Finally, you’ll want to peruse your syllabus and go over what’s in store for not only this first week of class, but each week. Access your syllabus from the Resources tab. You’ll be able to easily navigate to your required readings for the week, download any additional resources needed, review the week’s assignment details, and see what your weekly discussion questions are.
You can, of course, get started on your reading. We’ll take a more in-depth look at making notes and highlights on your lectures tomorrow, so be sure to check back for Day 2!