Student Reflections of Life-Online
Students taking this course were asked to reflect on their experience. Here are some of the things they wrote.
Test Taking and File Management
- It was interesting to read that when taking a multiple choice test it is good practice to read the question, and try to answer it yourself before reading the multiple choice answers. That way when you read the answers you will be looking for something specific.
- One other thing I felt was very helpful was reading the Tips for Online Learners. Some of these things I had already done, such as printing the syllabus and having good technology. I learned though to keep organized. I need to make lists and calendars to keep myself on track and up to date on assignments.
- Providing goals for yourself and dividing the work appropriately will help to balance the homework as well as accomplish #3, (staying focused). I didn’t realize how much these two things affect my time management. When I have concise goals and objectives to work towards, I better manage my time, especially by breaking them down into smaller pieces of work rather than feeling overwhelmed by the work as a whole.
- Planning ahead is very important especially in an online setting. I have 2 jobs so planning ahead and around my work schedules are very important. If you fall behind it is very hard to catch up so planning ahead will ensure success.
- I have learned that one of the most problems I have had are due dates with online courses. So now I have printed off my syllabus' and when I accomplish something I highlight it off to help me stay more organized and help me to visually see what I have accomplished and to help me manage my time more.
- Best advice for Online learning that I have learned is to watch your due dates. If you don't do assignments on time the rest really doesn't matter. Do not wait till last minute either you may think assignment will be a quick one then get started and it turns out to be much longer than you thought not good when you have 2 hours till its due. Make sure you answer your discussions and replies they are easy points and in the end you may need all the points you can get.
Learning & Staying Focused
- The idea of relating new information with things you already know, is something that I have read and try to do, but it was good to read it as a reminder to do that.
- I found that the 11 ways of staying focused article was also useful. Especially, 3 particular ones: Having well defined goals, breaking things into bite sized chunks and prioritizing constantly.
- Focus - for myself it works best if i focus on one class at a time and work deep into the class. This way i am not getting sidetracked on many things and can relate all my things at a time. It also works best for me if i check D2L twice a day to see if anything new has been posted and remind myself what i will need to do in the coming days.
- I learned to embrace your mistakes. I tend to beat myself up about every little mistake that I have endured. I learned by reading this article was to embrace my mistakes, and learn from them. For example I missed the first discussion, completely by accident. I learned from that to make sure I am checking the schedule list so that from now on I will not have that same problem.
- The “Get Focused” module was rather unsettling as I never realized quite how distracted I actually am in life. There was an abundance of helpful tips to put an attention deficit at bay while remaining focused on the task. The six tips on avoiding procrastination I found especially useful.
- I found the module for focusing quite useful. I’m sure other people can relate that focusing can be a challenge. I spent quite a bit of time on this topic for I can find focusing can be challenging certain days. I appreciate knowing humans can’t multitask but switch our focus extremely fast and intend on remembering that fact! I have noticed in the past I am able to do a task much better and more accurately if I focus on that particular task and ‘let go’ of the other tasks I’m required to do. Knowing multitasking isn’t really something our brains handle makes me feel better about focusing on one task at a time.
- Avoiding multitasking is very important. We don’t process thoughts clearly when we think about multiple things at once. Focusing on one issue solely will be the best option before trying to address another. It’s not worth sacrificing two issues by thinking we can multi task and complete them both correctly. Focusing on quality work will help with time management down the road; thus, less stress will be self-inflicted and we will have more time to focus on individual issues instead of trying to do a one size fits all kind of job.
Sending Emails and Searching the Web
- Make sure you ask for help! If I have any questions with this course, online tech, or anything else I know and I am comfortable asking for help!
- As a student, I had never thought about how many e-mails a teacher can get in a day. After reading the information they provided about e-mails, it was an eye-opener to me how important it is to identify what class you are e-mailing about and was a nice reminder to keep your emails short and sweet.
- I learned to use proper etiquette when emailing anyone. I have always had a problem with emailing because I thought it was just a easy quick way to ask a question but now I understand that not using proper grammar could actually offend someone or make it hard for them to understand etc.
- I also found the Google search interesting as well because I have sometimes found that I struggle to find what I am looking for. The suggestion of using nouns was interesting to me, as well as listing words from general to specific and I also didn’t know the asterisk is used as a wildcard for unknown words.
- The Google research tips were not only insightful but will be very useful for research and citation purposes. The guidelines to quote your topic and use noun-only phrases to search your topic will quicken and simplify research, while the “PageRank” feature allows you to search more credibly.
File Management & Short Cuts
- I agree with their comments on forming folders separately on your desk top and naming them appropriately. It is also best to back things up so nothing is lost. I would like to practice using the keyboard more for shortcuts so it is less straining on my brain when working.
- File management is very important to be efficient with multiple classes. Have everything setup on a flash drive in folders and sub folders if need be so all files can be accessed, edited, and completed without hassle. Also, backing these up will assure that there will not be any double work if a situation was to arise and you had to redo an assignment.
- Google is your friend. Anything from the basic searches, email, file storage, and calendars for deadlines, Google offers a lot of flexibility to students so we can be more efficient and professional. Google Docs is a great way to backup assignments, or work on them as a group when people are in different locations.
- Below are single-handedly the most informative and worthwhile tips that will be effective in time management as well as my computer skills and productivity.
- Select all - CTRL a
- Copy - CTRL c
- Paste - CTRL v
- Save file CTRL s
- Undo - CTRL z
- Undo the undo - CTRL y (or SHIFT CTRL z)
The course has been maintained and updated on a volunteer basis since 2012 by Peter K. Johnson at Web Explorations. I would love to hear your reflections on how this course helped you or someone you know. Please send me an email: