Resources for Online Learners

These resources are available to help students succeed in their online courses. Note: Links open in a new window.

Time Management

You should be proficient with time management to be successful in an online course. Since there is no physical classroom, you must commit to the time set aside for your online course work. Academic Success Training (AST) provides information on creating a time management plan.

Go to AST Workshop on Time Management >


The majority of communication in an online course occurs in the form of writing. You should be able to communicate effectively through writing, whether it is an email, a discussion board post, or a paper. The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR) and the Writing Center have a compilation of resources for writers.

Go to Resources for Writers >
Go to DWR's Online Courses Help Page >

Reading Strategy

Good reading strategy can help you to be more efficient by making connection for comprehension instead of just relying on your memory. Academic Success Training (AST) has more information on reading strategy.

Go to AST Workshop on Reading >

Note Taking

Good notes can help you identify important points in the lectures and learn some of the more difficult concepts. How well do you take notes? Visit the following web pages to learn more about note taking.

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Go to AST Workshop on Notes and Study Routine >

Active Listening

Listening is part of communication. You must listen well in order to communicate well. Active listening skills help you listen more carefully before forming a well thought out response. iStudy for Success! at Penn State has a tutorial on active listening.

Go to Active Listening Tutorial >

Problem Solving

Problem solving is essential for academic success. These skills help you use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems. You use some kind of problem solving methodology when you do research, put together an argument for an essay, or develop a plan of action. iStudy for Success! at Penn State has a tutorial on problem solving.

Go to Problem Solving Tutorial >

Technical Requirements

Online courses are taught in Blackboard. Familiarizing yourself with Blackboard will help reduce your frustration while participating in online activities. Be sure to run the Blackboard Browser Check and only use one of the supported browsers for your course work. Contact IT Helpdesk for any Blackboard or computer-related issues. IT Helpdesk also provides support for Ole Miss email, campus network, and cloud storage.

Some online courses may require additional software. Please check the course syllabus.

Learn more about Blackboard >
Run Blackboard Browser Check >
View a List of Supported Browsers for Blackboard >
Visit IT Helpdesk Website >
New Computer Recommendations >