Engaged Learning

How to Make the Most of Online Learning This Fall

USF professors share tips

by Annie Breen, USF News

How can you thrive in online classes? Follow this advice from USF professors.

Louise Goupil, assistant professor of biology:

Stay organized. Time management is a valuable skill, especially in an online setting. And ask for help. In college, you’re going to need help, so don’t be afraid to ask for it. USF has so many resources; you just need to find them and use them. Your professors are here because we want to help you learn, so go to remote office hours.

Hana Mori Böttger, associate professor and chair of the new engineering program:

Stay engaged with the classroom experience by setting aside a time and space that's different from if you were just relaxing at home, and let others around you know that you're "in class." Also, remember that it's harder for the instructor to notice subtle things going on in the "room," so assert yourself if you have a question or comment. To make up for the fact that we can't just run into each other for quick questions, get comfortable reaching out for even tiny things. You still have to make sure you're embracing all your opportunities, as you would in person.

Erica Hooper-Arana, adjunct professor of nursing and founding faculty adviser for the Black Nursing Students Association:

Stay flexible and engaged at all times.

Amalia Kokkinaki, assistant professor of environmental science:

Try to keep a solid schedule as much as possible, just as you would if classes were in person. If your class is 9 to 11 a.m., dedicate that time to the class. If you socialized in the evening before the pandemic, FaceTime your friends in the evening. Keep a calendar and put everything in it. Most importantly, if you’re unsure about how to do something, ask your instructor and your advisers; we are here to help.

Marthinus JC van Loggerenberg, assistant professor of advertising:

Maintain clarity about your desired learning outcomes, keep a focus to achieve them, revel in peer interaction, exercise discipline to achieve success, and embrace a sense of camaraderie — we are all in this together. For now. Online classes are not permanent. Remember that the quality of the experience is directly related to what you put into it. Always. I've seen students achieve remarkable success employing these principles.