As students transition from face-to-face course delivery to online delivery, BC has suggestions to make the move a successful one. Some students are already successfully taking online courses and are well prepared for the change, while others are new to online. Regardless, everyone can benefit from the suggestions below:
Stick to your current routine and use the scheduled time each day to engage in your courses. Just like attending on campus, plan your day around your classes. You already have this time planned in your week, so log into your course in Canvas, join discussions, ask questions, watch instructor lectures, read new content, complete assignments, etc… and keep working on your academic goals!
Students enrolled in courses that are lab or classroom dependent – this means you too! It is important to continue to engage in your course. Faculty will be sharing content and working with you to retain all that you have learned, so you will be ready to hit the ground running when campus operations resume.
Find a quiet place to study and engage with your course. Reduce distractions as much as possible and this means NO social media when you are attending classes virtually.
Communicate with your faculty. BC has small class sizes which means your instructor knows who you are and is ready and willing to assist. If you have questions, need additional academic support or want to further discuss topics… don’t hesitate to reach out. Your instructor wants to help.
If you aren’t familiar with the technology, reach out for assistance. There are lots of resources available for you. If you have questions regarding Canvas, you can get live support at 833-286-8929, or contact our IT Student Center at [email protected].
Our library staff is ready to support you virtually. Whether you have a question about sources for a research paper, need to renew library materials or want to access a research guide, check out the library webpage at https://my.baker.edu/ICS/My_Services/Department_Resources/Academic_Resource_Center/Library/ or contact them directly at [email protected].
Reach out for academic assistance when you need it. Don’t get frustrated – we have a team of personnel who are ready to help. Tutoring is available with both synchronous and asynchronous options and can be scheduled at https://baker.mywconline.com/.
Remember that communicating in your online course is not like texting. Review what you have typed to ensure it will be clear to readers (both your instructor and your classmates).
Remember to take breaks. You don’t need to lock yourself to your computer for 3 hours straight. Get up to stretch, grab a glass of water or take a lap around the room. Just don’t get distracted…head back to “class” after your break.
While normal life looks a bit different right now, there are some things you still can control…some things that you can continue to achieve. Baker College is extremely well prepared to support you during this difficult time, with excellent virtual resources. Stay committed to achieving your academic goals. You CAN do it.