The Takes And Leaves Of Attending A Virtual IT Course

Posted by CompuLearn Global on February 16, 2022

When you are enrolling in an online course, this allows you to slip into the driver’s seat and have control over your academic environment. But the adjustment from attending in-person classes to online learning can be difficult for a first-timer to navigate. To help you through the process, we break down the Takes and Leaves of online course etiquette.

Today you will get the takes and leaves of attending a virtual IT course:

  1. TAKE care of preparation of and login in advance
  2. TAKE notice of what to expect from your course
  3. TAKE action to make a great first impression
  4. LEAVE your silent room to get acquainted
  5. TAKE a respectful attitude
  6. LEAVE space for a plan B
  7. TAKE advantage of all available resources online
  8. TAKE team work for granted
  9. LEAVE your boring environment behind
  10. TAKE your time to understand your stuff
  11. TAKE an intake meeting to make sure this is really something for you

Here's why it is important to improve your IT knowledge & skills:

  1. In case you lose your job or your abilities get outdated.
  2. When an opportunity comes along and you don’t have the required certification or diploma.
  3. Make sure that when you are ready to move to another country, you have international certifications required.
  4. To get a second change, before it is too late.
  5. Act before your children are too old to get that good example from their parents.
  6. Become the best version of yourself, before you are retired and you regret you didn’t.
  7. Because you might see your friends and family suffer, while you could have helped and mentored them.
  8. To prevent you stay behind on others who are learning new skills and become the best version of themselves.
  9. To avoid that others around you achieve and earn more by investing in themselves, while you are missing out.
  10. To make sure that your staff can compete with the skills from other companies staff.

How This Blog Will Help You?

  • Find out if this is really what you want.
  • Discover if this is the suitable thing for you to do.
  • Make sure this is the perfect fit for you.
  • Feel if you have what it takes to get into this.
  • To get a better idea if it is worth it for you to invest your time and money in this.

1. TAKE care of preparation of and login in advance

Familiarize yourself with the online platform your instructor is using to teach the class, and explore everything that is available on that website.

If find you’re having trouble with your computer or navigating through the online learning system, ask for help prior to the start of the course

2. TAKE notice of what to expect from your course

“Read the syllabus. Make sure you understand how the class is going to be structured. Will they use modules?  Do they deliver assignments via the ‘announcements’ section? Get a sense of what you need to be checking on every week”.

The course syllabus will likely contain the due dates and point values for each assignment. Your instructor will also use the syllabus to outline the class policies, including accommodations for disabilities and expectations of academic integrity.

3. TAKE action to make a great first impression

Introduce yourself to your instructor. It makes a huge difference. Send an email saying "This is who I am, here’s what I’m studying, and this is why I’m in your class". It makes you stand out, and your professor will receive a positive impression of you.”

Remember, a little effort goes a long way!

4. LEAVE your silent room to get acquainted

Just because your course is online doesn’t mean you can’t develop some sort of relationship with your instructor. Connecting with your instructor online will be a bit different than taking a live class, but that shouldn’t deter a student from using them as a resource.

Find the way your professor prefers to communicate, whether through emails, FaceTime, or texting. In online courses, students typically talk through email, but you also might want to exchange cell phone numbers. And tell them they’re always welcome to text or call you. Sometimes people feel like humanity is taken away when they take an online course, and that doesn’t have to be the case.

It’s easy to feel as though you are working through a course alone due to the solitary nature of online classes. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructor and ask for guidance or clarification.

“Remember, there is a human behind the course, and its okay to interact with that human. That’s what they’re there for.”

5. TAKE a respectful attitude

Students tend to understand they are in a class and they are usually respectful of other people’s comments even if they don’t agree on a topic.” 

The golden rule applies to online discussions: treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

6. LEAVE space for a plan B

If you’re having trouble uploading an assignment, email it to your instructor as a backup. That will erase any concerns that it wasn’t done on time.”

After all, you did decide to sign up for an online class. It’s your responsibility to make sure your technology is working properly

7. TAKE advantage of all available resources online

One of the fun elements of an online class is that there are so many resources available in the digital world; you can provide each other with links to background reading or a video clip that relates to the topic.

Students who take an extra five minutes to read an article or watch an accompanying YouTube video often receive a deeper understanding of the course material for little extra effort

8. TAKE team work for granted

Connecting with other students can be challenging in an online course, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

Ask your professor if there are students who are located geographically near you. You could meet for coffee or set up a time to study together.”

If meeting other students in-person isn’t an option, don’t fret! 

A lot of times instructors will intentionally require students to participate in discussions. I would recommend submitting your discussion piece early (before the deadline), so you can go back and read the comments that are in response to your answer, and get to know people that way.”

9. LEAVE your boring environment behind

“The beauty of an online course is your study space can be anywhere you want it to be.” 

10. TAKE your time to understand your stuff

Too often students are scared of their professors. Although the instructor is in charge, students need to remember they are paying for the course. They should expect to get a response from their instructors in a reasonable amount of time. If your instructor isn’t answering you, question that.

11. TAKE an intake meeting to make sure this is really something for you

We only accept students who are the right fit into our student groups and who contribute to the group process during our teaching and coaching.

Most people have to schedule an intake meeting to join one of our educational programs. In this meeting we want to make sure that this is:

  • the suitable thing for you to do;
  • the perfect fit for you;
  • that you could actually dedicate the time and you don’t get pushed into something that will bring a lot of stress in your life;
  • really the right employee for you to invest your education budget in.

We will only invite you to join one of our educational programs, if we think that you are likely to succeed. You only will be admitted if you can help us understand why it would be the right decision for you.

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