There are numerous skills you will need in order to successfully complete an online course. One of them relates to clear communications. Because you may not have the advantage of being able to talk to your teacher and classmates face to face, it is especially important to continually develop communication skills.
Be Aware of Preferred Communication Methods and Etiquette
Your teacher may have specifications about how they want students to get in touch about matters relating to the online class. For example, email may be mentioned as a preferred method of communication, but your class leader could also say it’s okay to clarify things via the telephone as long as you do so before 8 p.m., and never on weekends.
Regardless of the details given, follow them precisely. Otherwise, you give the impression you’re not good at following directions, let alone communicating well.
Get to Know Your Classmates If Possible
There will probably be various methods you can use to learn more about people who are also taking the class. If those are available, be sure to use them. Online chats, social media pages, and open-ended discussion questions are just a few things that might make it easier to find common ground with others in the class.
If you are a characteristically shy person, you may feel tempted to only do the bare minimum by interacting with your teacher. However, keep in mind you may be assigned a group project and it’ll probably be a lot easier to complete that assignment if you have at least a basic familiarity with fellow students.
Don’t Wait Too Long to Speak Up
At the start of every online class, you’ll likely be given a document that outlines what to expect in the days and weeks ahead. If there are things you do not understand, speak up right away and try not to feel ashamed. Your teacher would almost certainly rather you communicate immediately instead of staying silent and making assumptions about what to do.
Failing to communicate if you’re confused could lead to very upsetting outcomes. For example, imagine if, while taking an online course to earn a Sports Management degree from Adelphi, you’re told to find sports teams that have the most engaged fans. Maybe there’s a note on the syllabus that reads “region-based assignment,” but instead of finding out what that means, you just start researching. Ultimately, you may discover you did too much work because you were only supposed to get details about teams in the eastern region of the United States, since classmates were handling other areas.
You may also be enrolled in an Adelphi Online course that’ll help you earn a master’s in Healthcare Informatics, but you’re not sure what kinds of career opportunities exist for people with that degree. It’s better to have a talk with your professor about it without delay so you won’t risk having expectations that aren’t met due to your lack of awareness. When in doubt, it’s always best to speak up early and often.
Hopefully, these pointers make you feel more equipped to communicate excellently with your teacher and classmates. As should soon be obvious, clear communications tend to reduce stress.