We’re only three days into a new semester and I feel like we need to hit the pause button. Learning to navigate an online class is like getting into a new car for the first time. I find myself fumbling for the features — where is the windshield wiper button? Cruise control? Do these doors automatically lock?
Of course it takes time to adjust and adapt, to feel comfortable in anything new. And online students are no exception. I have fielded several questions (too many to count) about requirements, materials, group discussions and technology.
Although College of DuPage establishes a solid online orientation program and detailed online course expectations on our website, some online students don’t necessarily dive in and hit the ground running right away, whereas others are immediately comfortable and already posting multiple assignments well before the due date. To teach and learn online takes time, patience and persistence.