COVID-19 has caused many colleges, universities and event K-12 schools to transition to fully-online learning. For WVU Marketing Communications students this new idea of online learning is nothing out of the ordinary, but can be difficult for those just beginning their first courses.
If you are still adjusting to the online learning format, or looking for ways to enhance your virtual education experience, here are a few tips:
1. Find a Dedicated Study Space
Make sure you have a distraction free space to complete all online coursework. It is best to find a space that is only for completing work in your home, such as a home office or extra space at a table. Creating separation between work and home within a home setting is crucial for ensuring that productivity is up to par and to avoid feelings of distress.
2. Be an Active Discussion Board Participant
Discussion boards may seem like a place only to post about assigned topics, but this can be a great space to make new connections and ask for help/clarifications with other coursework. Ensure you are actively responding throughout the week and utilizing all discussion forms, including the general social form! Many professors will post tips and resources to help students develop great content for their assignments in the discussion board as well, don't miss out on this valuable information or points!
3. Split Large Assignments into Manageable Tasks
With self-paced online learning, some may find it easy to procrastinate. By letting assignments go to the last minute, students can become overwhelmed, miss key assignment pieces or turn in sub-par content. Block out time each day to accomplish a small piece of large assignments. This helps students avoid burn out, ensure they are producing their best work and leave time to review assignments for missing pieces and mistakes.
4. Leverage Your Network
Online learning does not mean that students are alone. Take time to reach out to other students in your online courses and online learning program alumni. There is a huge network of individuals who have completed online learning programs, such as the WVU MC Network, with members located across the country. If you are interested in learning about careers in a certain location or field of marketing communications, reach out to these connections! Leverage the common educational experience you have, ask questions and find virtual ways to network with these diverse connections.
5. Explore All Resources
Each course has a number of resources including course modules and assigned readings. Ensure you are exploring all available content pieces to enhance your learning, see real industry application of course topics and aid in assignment development. Feel free to do more research out of assigned readings and share interesting findings with professors and fellow students in discussion boards.
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