Time Management

Time Management

IF this is your first online course, welcome. This will be an exciting learning experience.

IF you’ve taken online courses before, welcome. You may find this one a little bit different than other courses you’ve experienced.

First thing to remember! This is a course like any other course – it requires your dedication to learning! It requires dedication to taking the time to do the work! Just because we don’t meet in a classroom at a certain time each week, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t schedule this into your weekly agenda. BLOCK IT OFF into your open spaces every day, every week! Then, make sure you stay true to this commitment! You may quickly find that time for this course may be ‘shifted’ or ‘slips away’ as other course commitments add pressure. DON’T forget about this course when others demand your attention!

With that in mind, here’s my recommendation.

Based on personal experience, I recommend that you spend approximately 1 hour online in D2L each week (reading, posting, reading, and responding to others) and 2+ hours researching, reading (particularly the course website), completing activities, and working on your inquiry assignment.

Here is a suggested weekly plan of work for this course. Remember that since there is NO specific classroom to report to, this work is in lieu of attending a scheduled class, as well as the usual work required for an in-class session. Plan your work to fit your own schedule, but DO NOT IGNORE this weekly commitment if you want to be successful in this course.

Weekly Work FLOW – suggested actions

Sat./Sunday before week beginsMondayTuesdayD2L todayWednesdayThursdayD2L todayFriday
Review upcoming readings and activities.   Tinker with creative makes for the upcoming blog post.Read & think about connections for discussion post (do draft in Word or Google doc)   Listen to weekly podcastFinish readings   Give feedback to peers about weekly podcast Finish draft of discussion post POST to discussion forum in D2LRead and post any feedback or conversation prompts in D2L   Work on A2 blog assignment and creative makesRead discussion posts in D2L forum   complete responses as directed in the scheduleCheck into D2L to wrap up discussion responses   Work on A2 blog assignment and creative makes
Approx. 1 hourApprox. 30 minApprox. 30 minApprox. 30 min.Approx. 30 minutesApprox. 1 hour

For those of you who need a calendar to organize tasks and assignments, the upcoming tasks and calendar functions in D2L will help you keep organized. OR you can use a Google Calendar to keep yourself organized and on track.