By Abby Vieth, Digital Marketing student
When I made the decision to go back to school in the Fall of 2020, classes had already been completely virtual since the Spring. Having never taken my classes fully online before, I wasn’t sure what the experience was going to be like or if it would be right for me. Once I got the hang of it I realized there are benefits to learning virtually and I would enjoy continuing to attend my program this way.
Meeting over platforms like Zoom feels similar to attending an in-person class. The instructor is giving the lesson at a set class time, and chat features allow you to interact with the instructor as well as your fellow classmates. This makes it easy to ask questions as you think of them. Instructors at Western have also been extremely helpful by posting video instructions for assignments and being super responsive over Email.
With this being my first venture into online education, I have learned a few tips and tricks I would like to share with you:
- Create a Schedule – With all of your assignments being posted online, it is helpful to plan out specific times each week to work on your assignments. By managing your time wisely, you will ensure you are able to get everything done.
- Check Email/Blackboard Often – Since your classes are virtual, it is essential that you check online for any new assignments, due dates, and instructor announcements.
- Use Your Resources – Throughout my experience learning virtually, the Western staff has remained available to help me with anything I’ve needed. You still are able to schedule appointments as well as get support by contacting advisors, the financial aid office, the bookstore, and the learning commons.
Although it can be an adjustment, the staff at Western Technical College is there to help you get the most out of online learning and have an educational and successful experience.