Some tips for taking an e-learning course include understanding the technology used in the class and focusing early on organization and time-management issues. Students in e-learning courses may also benefit by often communicating with the course instructor and other students in the class, making good use of class message boards or chat features.
Being prepared for e-learning courses means students should confirm all technical requirements and know how to use basic technology tools before classes start. Students must be sure that all required computer programs can be accessed and run on the student computer. Requirements may include video conferencing, audio or video streaming at a particular quality. Additionally, because of the integrated nature of the work in an e-learning course, students may need a backup system for digital files. Since time lost to technical problems and fixes disrupts time spent on learning, students should ensure that technical issues do not interrupt an e-learning course.
Preparation for an e-learning course should also include taking the time to understand all navigation tools and options in the learning management system. Online discussion groups in these systems are an important part of many e-learning courses, and contributions may impact a student grade, according to Campus Technology.