Learner Engagement: Learning Online


This guide aims to serve as a resource for our NYU students who will be engaging in online or blended learning.


Get Organized

Before the semester begins, ensure you have the ability to access the required course materials, including library resources, online tools, and your online course site. Take the time to practice navigating the online learning management system, NYU Brightspace, so you’ll be prepared for the start of class. Also, just as you would in a physical classroom, make sure you have materials on hand to take reliable notes (notebook, pencil, etc). 


Make a Schedule

Google calendar will be your best friend when learning online (second only to NYU Brightspace!). It is imperative that you learn how to leverage your time. This is especially important if you have other obligations outside of class (like a job, family, fieldwork, internship, etc).


Glance over the syllabus before your first day of class and make note of major assignments. Mark them on a calendar you check regularly (google calendar, or maybe a physical calendar in your home) so you know what work is coming in the weeks ahead. Don’t forget to factor in prior commitments that may interfere with your regular study schedule.


Form Connections

Just because you might not be meeting in the same place, physically, it doesn’t mean you can’t create great relationships with your classmates and instructors. Build relationships by being an active participant in class, and engaging with the discussion posts on NYU Brightspace. Your peers will be valuable resources should you need help or miss class.


Ask For Help

If you feel like your work might be slipping, it is on you to seek out help. Don’t expect your faculty member to notice that you need help and don’t be afraid to reach out to your instructor to introduce yourself or ask questions, either. They are eager to engage one-on-one with their students, whether online or in person. And, if you do fall behind, speak up! Don’t wait until an assignment is almost due to ask questions or report issues. Email your professor and be proactive

Be Accountable to YOU

Succeeding in online courses, especially courses with a lot of self-paced work, means that more is required of you, intrinsically, in order to be successful. If you’re having trouble holding yourself responsible, pair up with a fellow classmate, or enlist the help of a partner or friend to check in as an accountability buddy. Don’t wait until it’s too late - find support should you need it.

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