Version 1.02–July 29, 2007
Every now and again we hear of students who sign up for an online class because they take less time than face-to-face. This is simply not true. A general rule of thumb is that students should expect to spend at least 8 hours per week for each of the three weeks of this course (plus time to study for and take the final exam). Some weeks will take less time. Others may take more.
Time management and work load management are especially critical for online students, even more so for short courses like the BBST® courses.
In a short course, check the course web site several times each week to see what is expected of you. Participation in discussions is usually part of the task, and so the course (how you can interact with the discussion) is shifting every day. Plan to have your assignments done early to allow for the unpleasant surprises that tend to crop up at the last minute. If you know you have a conflict with a published deadline, manage your work load to complete the project early. In any case involving missed deadlines, be sure to notify your instructor as early as possible about a problem – or a potential problem. Most instructors will work with you to figure out a solution that will satisfy both you and the instructor.