I’m enrolled, now what?
Get Started on the right Track!
Congratulations on enrolling in an online course!
Ready to begin your new learning experience? Most online courses run on the same semester schedule as all URI courses (Academic Calendars). However, courses over the summer may follow a different schedule. Be sure to check both eCampus and the course schedule carefully to stay on track with deadlines.
BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN:
#2. Complete The Online Learning Orientation
The Online Learning Orientation will provide you with an introduction to the important aspects of taking an online course. Your professor may require you to complete the orientation prior to the start of the course. If they do not, it is still highly recommended that you complete it, even if you have taken an online course before.
ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, FOLLOW THESE STEPS…
#1. Access your course
Generally courses will be available in Sakai at the start of the term. Once your professor has created the Sakai site for your class it will automatically be added onto the top tab bar.
If you do not see your course follow these steps:
1. Check under the “more sites” tab to see if the course was removed from view.
2. If your course is not listed, check your enrollment in the course through eCampus.
3. If you are still enrolled, try emailing the professor. They may have to manually add you to the course site.
#2. Review the syllabus
Be sure to check out the syllabus; it will contain important information about beginning the class. For example, some faculty may require you to introduce yourself in the discussion or forum boards within the first few days of class. Make sure you pay attention to what the professor requires in regards to communication and class interaction. Be sure to ask questions! Your understanding of the syllabus is key to your success in the course.
Tip: It may be helpful to go ahead and create a calendar or add your semester deadlines to your current calendar immediately.
#3. Check for announcements
The Announcement section may contain important information from your professor. Check this regularly!
#4. Visit all the sections of your course
The first week of class is the time to get to know what is expected of you and make sure you understand how all the sections of the course work. In most cases, the discussion board or forum will be a great place to start – many professors require you to introduce yourself!
Be sure to ask questions about the site. Your ability to navigate the course site is critical!