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Students at the Daniels College of Business launch spring quarter 2020 online March 30. While you might be used to dropping in on a professor during office hours or chatting up an advisor over coffee, you can still connect with Daniels faculty and staff virtually. You’re definitely not alone as much of the world is adapting to online learning. The Daniels Undergraduate Team put this list of tips together for you as you launch into the online world.


  1. Manage Your Time
    Set up a schedule that works for you and the demands of your class. Use your course syllabus to keep track of important assignments and tests. Connect with a classmate and hold each other accountable.

  2. Manage Your Communication
    Be sure to understand how you are expected to respond to classmates and the professor. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. As always, check your email.

  3. Manage Your Computer
    Make sure the software you need for your class works on your computer. Be sure you have consistent access to the internet.

  4. Manage Distractions
    Consider turning off your phone or notifications to avoid losing focus. Keep sites or programs closed that may distract you; download a site-blocking app if you need to.

  5. Stay Motivated
    Treat this class like you would an in-person class; set aside time to study, read assignments, collaborate. Everyone is adjusting to this change and understands the challenges it can bring.

  6. Understand the Difference between Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Classes
    Synchronous: This means that you, your classmates, and your instructor interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time.
    Asynchronous: While your instructor will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, you have the ability to access and satisfy these requirements within a flexible time frame. 

  7. Put in the Effort
    The best way to get the most out of your class is to participate in discussions and keep up with assignments. Reach out to your professor if you get stuck or have a question.

  8. Set Aside a Place to Work
    Your couch may be the most comfortable place to work, but you may not get as much done as if your workspace was at a table or desk. Find a place where you can set up your computer, a notebook and/or textbooks for your class.

  9. You’re Not on Your Own
    You may not be able to meet in Marcus Commons to work on a project, but that doesn’t mean you can’t collaborate on assignments or study together. Utilize video conferencing software and chat features to stay connected.

  10. Consider Yourself
    It could be easy to spend a whole day in front of your computer working on assignments. Take some time for yourself and get outdoors, walk around the room, or stretch.