Tips for Online Students

Taking a class online is much different that a traditional class. Here are some tips to help students be successful in an online class.

How to be successful in an online course

  • Thoroughly review the course schedule.
  • Know when assignments are due and how they are to be submitted
  • Understand any projects and related timelines
  • Regularly read announcements, forums, and your instructor's feedback.
  • Schedule your time. Plan a weekly routine to manage your time during the term.
  • Choose a distraction-free learning space.
  • Be self-directed and begin working on each week's assignments early in the week so you will have time to communicate via email if there are questions.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to begin quizzes. Quizzes will close at the scheduled time, and if you are in the middle of the quiz, you will be logged out. Make sure you know the deadline date and time. Also, learn whether your quiz is timed or if you have multiple attempts. For some quizzes, you may save your quiz and resume it at a later time. You may not be able to view your responses or the correct answers until the quiz deadline has passed.

Technology Requirements

  • You will be required to have an email account. You are required to use the address issued to you by Lane. This is how the instructor and other students will contact you. You will receive all correspondence from Lane at this address. The email address assigned to you in Moodle is the one you have listed in myLane.
  • You must have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. If the course is a software course, you will need to have access to that software program (and current version) as well.
  • You must be able to keyboard at a reasonable speed.
  • You should disable any pop-up blockers for your browser. Quizzes and Microsoft Word documents will open in a new window. If you cannot see them, it is likely that you have a pop-up blocker operating. If the pop-up blocker is active, you should see a yellow bar below the toolbar.
  • If you are using a Macintosh computer, you should also verify that the software required for the course is available on a Macintosh.
  • Many courses use the Zoom video conferencing application for class meetings and office hours. You will need to download, install and use this application for these requirements

Your Homework

  • You are responsible for submitting homework on time. Understand clearly the deadlines for submitting homework. After the due date, the upload features will not be displayed.
  • Upload your assignments in the format and method specified by the instructor.
  • If you are uploading a file, you must browse to find the file and then press the submit button to upload it.
  • You may only upload one file in the upload link. Therefore if you have multiple files to submit for an assignment, you will need to zip or compress them into one file before submitting.
  • If you upload multiple files, only the last file will appear.
  • After homework is graded, you may review your instructor's feedback by returning to the homework screen.


  • Periodically review your grades and the instructor's feedback. If there are any questions or concerns, contact your instructor immediately.
  • You cannot depend on your grade in Moodle being your final grade. Some instructors do not keep all their grades in Moodle. Grades for class participation or assignments not graded in Moodle may be recorded elsewhere.

Profile Settings in Moodle

  • Email activated or disabled: You may opt to turn off receiving emails, in which case you will only see your emails when you log into Moodle.
  • If you have your email address disabled, when you send your instructor an email, he or she will only be able to reply to you within Moodle. Some instructors prefer to respond to email as they receive it, and when the email is disabled, the message bounces back as undeliverable. For prompt replies from your instructor, do not disable your email.
  • Email digest type: The default setting of "No digests" will allow each email message sent from Moodle to be sent to your email. If you would prefer to have one "digest" of Moodle messages, then choose one of the other settings. You may choose to receive one "digest" per day with email messages.
  • You may also choose to have your email address hidden from the other members of the class.
  • To email another student from Moodle, click on the Participants link. Locate the student, and click on the name. Then click on the send message button.
  • To view previous messages, click on the Message History link at the top of the message window.
  • Forum tracking: This will allow you to keep track of forum postings you have seen. For classes that require forums, it is best to have this option set to highlight new posts for you.
  • Current picture: Adding a photo is optional, but it will allow your instructor and other students to have a way to connect with you. This is especially helpful when the course requires forum postings.