How to be a Successful Online Student

It is important that you begin an online course by reviewing the syllabus and other course items, so that any questions you may have can be addressed as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns please contact the instructor immediately. Do not wait until the end of the semester as it will be too late for an instructor to help you.  Below are some tips on how to be successful in a distance education course.

  • Get to know your course. Navigate through your course at the beginning of the semester and make sure that you read each item. This will ensure that you know where everything is located and what will be expected of you.
  • Keep in contact with your instructor. This is important.
  • Ask questions when you’re in doubt. The instructor(s) and the Distance Education office are happy to assist students. (disted@vinu.edu or 1-800-880-7961).
  • Work on your course a little at a time through the week. Do not wait until the last minute. You will not get the appropriate exposure to the subject if you rush assignments at the end of the semester and it will be reflected in your grade.
  • Course participation is important. Your attendance is based on course activity. Course activity is participating in scheduled course activities and submitting assignments on due dates.
  • Complete reading and course assignments. It will help improve your knowledge and help your success in your course(s).
  • Check the course announcements and your preferred e-mail often. Distance Education and your online instructor will communicate with you through your preferred e-mail address.
  • Check your grades often. You are responsible for getting assignments turned in to your instructor. By keeping track of your grades you are making sure that your assignments are being received and that you understand the course material.
  • Manage your time carefully. Set time aside each week to study.
  • Be respectful when communicating with your instructor. Make sure that you are polite and not using offensive language.
  • Remember that not participating can result in being dropped from the course at 0% tuition adjustment.
  • If you need to drop a course, go through your academic advisor. The drop must be in writing from the student. The withdrawal form and withdrawal schedule can be found at the following: http://www.vinu.edu/content/withdrawal-policy-distance-education
  • Remember it is the student's responsibility to confirm financial aid availability, class participation, and course materials. Tuition refunds are not granted for non-attendance, not accessing an online course, not having course textbooks and materials, or non-receipt of Financial Aid or other tuition funding.
  • Remember the student is responsible for checking their MyVU account, e-mails, and Blackboard to confirm enrollment. Tuition refunds will not be granted because the confirmation email was not seen or the systems were not accessed.