Now that we are all resolving to be better versions of ourselves, here are some tips for online students to start out right on their Winter 2019 courses.

Get the essentials figured out

  • Look at your options for viewing your lectures. Web course? It’s offered through cuLearn. Recorded course? There are several options for viewing your lectures. Decide on how you want to do it and test out the methods. If there is a problem, contact us at We open on January 2nd!
  • As soon as you know what textbooks you need, get them, especially if you are at a distance and may have to wait for delivery. Some ways of finding out what the texts are the course outline, departmental sites and the bookstore’s site.
  • Determine if you need a distance exam. If you live more than 100 km from campus, you are eligible to write your exam with an approved local proctor if you apply by the deadline, which is at the end of the registration period. Local students simply write on campus at Carleton and no application is needed.

Plan your studying

  • Make a schedule. It’s good practice to assign times to work on your online course, especially for lecture viewing. Otherwise it is too easy to let it slide, and it is hard to catch up. Also, you might miss time sensitive updates and announcements.
  • Go through your course outline carefully and make sure you understand what is expected. Note assignment due dates, discussion groups, online quizzes and other deadlines. The flow may be different from other courses so be careful not to make assumptions.

Add Value

  • Check in to your cuLearn site frequently. Contact is very important for online students, so contribute to class discussions and connect with your instructor and TAs. Frequent engagement is directly linked to better marks.
  • See if you can set up an online study group with others in your course. It’s a great way to widen the discussion, get new viewpoints and make a community.