Category Archives: Online Learning

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The Online Student’s Guide to Netiquette

Etiquette is a set of expectations for social behavior in a society. This manifests itself in a wide range of ways in daily life, from the use of basic manners to how we show respect for others. Following this code of conduct isn’t just important for your real-world interactions, however. In your online courses, you’ll need to embrace the digital version of these rules, often called “netiquette.”

Online etiquette isn’t that much different than the face-to-face version, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind as you participate in discussion boards and send emails. Here, you’ll learn the rules you’ll need to follow to stay polite and professional in your online courses.

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When Technology Fails You: A Survival Guide for Online Students

When you’re taking an online course, technology is your lifeline. You can’t get onto your courses, complete assignments, or talk with your classmates without an Internet connection and a working device. So what do you do when your tech fails you?

Here’s a quick guide to handling any kind of tech issue without losing your cool, ensuring you stay on track with your course no matter what life throws your way.

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20 Amazing Digital Archives You Can Use for Research

COD gives online students access to an amazing amount of digital resources, but if you’re looking for something more, the Internet will not disappoint. There are dozens of amazing digital archives out there that you can browse, download from, and share, many from highly respected institutions with access to some of the rarest, best, and most extensive collections anywhere in the world.

Here are a few you can’t miss if you’re looking to find awe-inspiring historical photos, documents, books, and maps to flesh out your research or just want to spend an afternoon browsing through cool historical stuff.

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16 Free Tools to Help You Learn to Code

While COD offers many online courses to help you learn to code (check out our online course catalog), sometimes you just want a little outside practice or the flexibility to tackle learning a difficult new skill on your own time. That’s where the plethora of free educational programming resources on the web can be incredibly useful.

Whether you’re looking for a full course or just some short tutorials, there are plenty of resources to choose from, available for nearly every programming language, level of ability, and type of media. Here are a few of the most tried and true coding resources out there to help you learn valuable skills like developing a website or an app or maintaining a database.

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Creating a Study Schedule That Sticks

While staying up all night to study has long been a staple of the study methods employed by college students, it’s neither particularly effective (you won’t remember much of what you study) nor a particularly good use of time. A far better way to tackle studying is to set up a study schedule, which will allow you to slowly, but much more effectively, review and learn the material from your course.

It might sound like a lot of work but creating and keeping to a study schedule isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are some tips to help you stay on track in your online courses and ensure you won’t have to pull and all-nighter before a big exam.

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Hybrid Classes: Expectations vs. Reality

My name is Jason Snart.  I’m an English Professor here at COD and I teach a lot of hybrid classes.

What is a “hybrid” class?  A hybrid, or what is sometimes called a blended, class involves a combination of face-to-face, in-the-classroom learning with online learning.  At the College of DuPage instructional time is usually divided on a weekly basis.  So maybe a class that would meet from 9-9:50am on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the face-to-face version would, in the hybrid version, meet in class on Monday and Wednesday but not on Friday.  Instead, there would be an online learning component each week, probably available through our Learning Management System, Blackboard.  

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The Online Learning Lexicon: The Tech Terms You Need to Know

Even experienced students and technology users can be thrown for a loop when they sign up for online courses. Online education, like many fields, is full of terminology that may not always be familiar to those who operate outside of its boundaries and can leave many learners confused as to just what instructors are asking of them.

This glossary aims to demystify these terms and help you get back to focusing on what really matters: being a successful student.

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How to Stay Motivated and On-Task in Your Online Course

Exams, assignments, tests, discussions—the requirements for any course can be tiring and finding the motivation to keep going may be tough, especially if you’re attending classes while trying to balance work and family life. But motivating yourself can be even more challenging if you’re attending courses online without the course meetings, direct interaction, and reminders that you may have in a traditional course.

But just because it’s harder to get motivated doesn’t mean that online courses aren’t worth it—they offer flexibility that can’t really be matched by courses that you have to come to campus to attend. So what do you do? You learn some tricks that will help you to keep you going and get you back on track when you feel your motivation slipping.

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