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Keeping Organized in Online (and F2F) Classes January 25, 2010

Posted by Barbara Nixon in success.
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[cross-posted & slightly tweaked from my Public Relations Matters blog]

If I was paid a dollar this semester for every time I heard/read a student say this, I’d be rich. Well, at least I’d have enough for daily Starbucks.

It’s so confusing having an online class! I can’t ever remember when things are due…

Here’s my suggestion.

Create a Google Calendar for yourself. (Here’s how.) Your Google Calendar is available from any computer, and it can automatically synchronize with many popular smart phones (like the iPhone, BlackBerry or Palm Pre) — which means that you’ll have the ability to know when things are due no matter where you are, 24/7.

For my classes, look in GeorgiaVIEW for deadlines for:

  • Assessments
  • Assignments

Look here on my blog for blogging guidelines and descriptions of when your blog posts are due.

Create a calendar entry in your Google Calendar for each item that is due. Set interim deadlines for yourself for larger projects. You can tell Google Calendar to send you a reminder about any deadline you choose.

And that’s all there is to it. At least, except for the “completing the assignments” part.

Hope you found this helpful.

(NOTE: If you have another calendar method you prefer, and it already works well for you, USE IT. No need to switch. But if you’re having trouble staying on top of your classes, try this method. It’s how I keep myself organized.)

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Comments»

1. Katrina - January 25, 2010

Good info, it is very important to keep organized during online courses (as well as offline). It is nice that Google now has Google Docs just for students! http://bit.ly/8Z0BIa

2. Donny McAtee - January 25, 2010

I really enjoyed that info. I haven’t used a calender like that, but I definitely need to get organized with that. Thanks for that!

3. jessicad09 - January 26, 2010

I was not aware that you could synchronize your calendar by using both a computer and your smart phone. That really helps. I always find my self making to-do lists, but they can get lost or you may leave something off. I will have to start using my Google Calendar!

4. lou4324 - January 26, 2010

Thats interesting…except I dont have a smart phone so its hard haha. but I’ll make sure to check my ga view 24-7!

5. jonadams9 - January 26, 2010

That’s a pretty sweet calendar. I might start making one tonight

6. burtonmaria - January 28, 2010

I have a pretty busy schedule, so using the calendar really comes in handy. I think it will be a wise idea for me to post our assignments and deadlines to it as well.

7. fye1220 - February 2, 2010

I think this is a good idea. I currently use Yahoo! for everything (search, e-mail…) but I’m guessing Google is what’s in now. I considering using Goolge mail, but that would be kind of hard changing all my emails over. I like to keep everything in one place, so it would be nice if Yahoo! had something like this.


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