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Success strategies for online courses

 

During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
 
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue online.  

 

Resources produced during the COVID-19 crisis

NEW  4-part screencast: Success Strategies for Online Courses During COVID-19 (recorded workshops)

(49 minutes total)

Success Strategies for Online Courses During COVID-19: Part 1 -- Challenges in this context 
Part 1 of this series, produced in early May, 2020, discusses the multi-layered challenges of trying to learn during a crisis, living in a mostly online environment, and specific challenges of asynchronous courses.  The other parts of the series provide ideas for how to deal with these challenges.

Success Strategies for Online Courses During COVID-19: Part 2 -- Time Management 
This Part focuses on strategies to manage the lack of structure and tendency to procrastinate in this mostly online, COVID-anxious time.

Success Strategies for Online Courses During COVID-19: Part 3 -- Communication 
This Part focuses on effective and respectful communication with instructors, while participating in online discussion forums, and while working on online group projects.

Success Strategies for Online Courses During COVID-19:Part 4 -- Learning Effectively
This Part addresses how to learn effectively from online lectures, read online sources effectively, and create an optimal study environment given this non-optimal situation.

NOTE:  Students who watch all 4 parts of Success Strategies for Online Courses During COVID-19 can apply for Co-Curricular Record Credit (CCR).

More SLC recorded workshops on online learning

How I Succeeded in Online Courses [September 21, 2020]
Six successful students from various disciplines talk about how they succeeded in their remote or Distance Education courses.  Common themes were time management and establishing a routine.  One student shared information about several productivity-related apps.  Even if you have watched the same webinar from other terms, this one is likely to be useful because of different students making different suggestions.After watching this, SFU students can apply for Co-Curricular Record Credit (CCR) but cannot apply twice for different offerings fo the same event.

How I Succeeded in Online Courses Webinar (May 22, 2020)
This is a recording -- unfortunately started after the first 10 minutes -- of 4 students discussing how they did well in their online courses both before and during the COVID crisis, and answering questions.  Topics discussed include time management, self-care, reading, online lectures, course load, and online exams.  After watching this, SFU students can apply for Co-Curricular Record Credit (CCR) but cannot apply twice for different offerings of the same event.

Successful [Online] Exam Writing (July 27, 2020)
This recording covers the top research-supported exam preparation strategies, plus what to expect from online, open-book exams in the current SFU context, and writing strategies for these exams. UPDATED at the end of Summer 2020, based on a survey of the online exam formats that SFU Undergraduates are getting, and their biggest concerns about them. Note:  SFU students can apply for co-curricular record credit after watching this webinar.

More SLC recorded workshops, on studying, time management, and writing

Watch recorded webinars on Studying, Time Management and Writing 
Additional SLC webinar recordings on Writing, Learning and Time Management produced during the COVID-19 crisis: We are constantly adding new webinar recordings. Please check back frequently and, where applicable, access the CCR Reflection Form on the top of that page to claim Co-Curricular Record Credit for watching a webinar recording.

Guides and tips 

Online/ Take-home/ Open Book exams (University of Toronto)
Some tips produced by University of Toronto, with the COVID-19 situation in mind.  The handout refers to exam accommodations at U of T.  If you need accommodations for online exams at SFU, contact the Centre for Accessible Learning.

Conducting Remote Study Groups (Oregon State University)
This is a comprehensive resource, also applicable to group projects, with links to helpful templates.

General resources

Study With Me video (Beedie School of Business)
This video takes you through a 2-hour Pomodoro study session with a virtual companion.  Great for those who are motivated by studying with a partner but are now self-isolating.

Distance Education: Strategies for Time Management
Discusses time management challenges and strategies for beginning of the semester and throughout the semester.

Distance Education: Learning and Writing Strategies
Discusses learning styles in distance education, reading, writing for discussion forums, and assignments and tests.

Being an Effective Online Learner (Wilfred Laurier University) - Detailed modules including videos on topics specific to online learning:  Effective Independent Learning; Time Management; Engaging Effectively with the Learning Materials; Studying, Taking Tests, and Learning from Mistakes.

How to Succeed in an Online Course (Carleton University) -- A collection of articles, videos and tutorials on relevant academic tasks.

Online Learning (Queen's University) -- A comprehensive guide.

Writing: Discussion forums and other resources

Writing Strategies for Online Learners
Discusses effective and appropriate writing for discussion fora and email communication.

Resources on "Netiquette"
Adds to the above handout with tips and links regarding netiquette.

Communicating Online: Netiquette (UBC)
Tips for respectful and productive online communication.

Online group work

Supporting Collaboration (UBC)
Discusses online tools for writing and creating images collaboratively, as well as for sharing resources.