Online Workload Management
The Online Orientation course will give you a chance to practice the activities you will need to be able to participate in during the online component of your BTI courses. Below are a few tips to help you manage your online workload.
- Set aside a short time slot each day (e.g. 30 minutes) to do the online tasks for each course you are studying - a little and often is better than large blocks of time less frequently. This time is in addition to the time you will need to spend reading articles and doing assessment tasks.
- Manage the time you spend online - if you are studying by distance your online course should take no more (or less) of your time than a similar face-to-face one, timetable your online time into your diary and set that time aside just as if you were attending a lecture or tutorial.
- Ask for help if you don’t know how to do something or understand what is required - there is a BTIonline helpdesk email address on the home page of your BTIonline programme or for items relating specifically to your course, contact your course educator.
Edit your profile to include a picture of yourself (if there isn’t one there already) as this helps the other students and educators know who you are and gives a more personal touch to your contributions to the course.
Don’t leave assessment tasks to the last minute - internet technology is not always reliable. So if you need to upload an assignment onto BTIonline or do a discussion forum posting by a certain due date and time, and you leave it till 10 minutes before the deadline expires, you may find the website is down or your internet connection isn’t working which will cause panic….
Always have a backup — if discussion postings are part of your assessment tasks, it pays to write them in a word processor first and then copy and paste them into the BTIonline discussion edit box. That way if the posting is lost (e.g. your internet connection disconnects during the editing process) you still have the original work and can copy and paste it again, rather than having to redo it completely! Make a backup digital copy of large assignments as well.