Along with some of the great advantages students enjoy when taking online courses come some unique challenges. We surveyed online student employees and staff in our Aviation Online department about what UVU School of Aviation Sciences online students can do to achieve success. Taking local classes? Read on. Many of these tips may be helpful to you as well.
First and foremost: Log in early and often.
Take advantage of access to UVU School of Aviation Sciences’ experienced faculty and adjunct instructors. Reach out to your instructors when you have questions or need assistance. They are excited to see you succeed and available to help you in whatever way they can. To ensure a timely response, make sure to use the course email and/or follow the instructor’s preferred method of contact.
Become familiar with Moodle by checking out the Moodle Quick Start Guide in your course. Also read the course syllabus. This is especially helpful in knowing where to find course expectations and deadlines. Assignments and due dates are presented in a number of ways in Moodle and therefore won’t show up on your Canvas calendar. (See first step.) TurnItIn assignment due dates do not show up on your My Home tab in Moodle, so make sure to go into the modules within your courses and to regularly check your Calendar and Upcoming events within each course.
Treat your online courses like live courses. Set a scheduled time for class preparation, study, and assignments and create a space conducive to study where you have the tools you need to complete your work.
Allow yourself plenty of time to complete quizzes, exams and assignments. Be aware of deadlines and plan ahead. You can submit assignments early, but late work is not accepted. Read through upcoming assignments well before deadlines to ensure you have adequate time to complete any necessary preparation and research when required. Also, make sure to leave yourself adequate time to complete quizzes and exams and to upload and submit assignments before the near-midnight hour.
Avoid plagiarism like the plague (see the university’s expectation of academic integrity and definition of cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication in your course syllabi) and remember to carefully proofread and edit everything you submit. Many assignments require APA formatting and citation. Below are a few helpful links for writing tools and assistance:
Additional tips from our Aviation Advisement team:
• Become familiar with your degree program on Wolverine Track so you know exactly what classes you need to take and don’t risk spending time in a class you don’t need.
• Register for classes when registration begins so you can get what you want and have time to make changes if needed.
• Log in the first day of class to make sure you’re seeing the correct classes and you’re familiar with course expectations and deadlines
• Read each syllabus for each class on the first day of classes
Don’t hesitate to reach out for help from our Aviation Advisement team. They’re available from 10am to 6pm M-F. You can reach them at 801-863-7830 or 888-901-7192 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Try to be at a computer when calling for help with registration and have a pen and paper on hand so you’re ready to write down contact info or other information you may receive.
You’ll be able to connect with other students and find out about scholarships and internships as well as the latest in aviation news.