It’s the end of the first week and the first round of assignments are due tomorrow. I carefully establish a due date calendar to schedule submission of assignments on Mondays by 5:00 p.m. Most online students have given me feedback that weekends are prime time for them to polish their writing before uploading the final product.
As part of my routine, I send out a series of reminders that Monday is due date day. Here is an example from the Announcement Board, Discussion Board, unit materials and all-class e-mail post:
Good afternoon English 1102 online students. I hope you are having a great weekend. Unit 3 is due tomorrow by 5:00 p.m. Many of you have already submitted the assignments in Unit 3, but I just thought I’d remind you of the due date.
If you haven’t e-mailed me your chosen topic and argumentative thesis statement, please do so as soon as possible. Once your thesis statement is approved, you may begin your source collection (see Unit 4 — book source and scholarly journal source).
If you have questions, I’m here to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Dr. Hubbard