In online learning, we talk about being present. Just like in a face-to-face classroom, you have to “show up.” This doesn’t mean just physically being in the classroom, but also being attentive and participating in class discussions and activities. In the online environment, you need to participate in the same manner, using discussion boards, chat and email.

Following are a few ways to be present in your online course:

  1. Check-in your course daily to read announcements.
  2. Participate in course discussion forums early and often.
  3. Be open to communicating with your classmates through peer feedback and offer your assistance when needed.
  4. Set up your Office 365 Student email in Canvas to ensure you receive all course communication.


Online education can be more beneficial than going to a traditional classroom. The sharing of experiences through discussion boards has been the best learning experience ever.

‒ Rhonda, Health Information Management

Be disciplined and make the most of your time.  Online learning can be a real advantage if you manage it well.

‒ Stephanie, Health Information Systems


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