Topics Map > Instructional Resources > Canvas

Expectations When Taking an Online Course

Student may not know what to expect when taking an online course. These are some guidelines.

Student Expectations

  • Be involved and active in your courses.
  • Be highly motivated and disciplined.
  • Check the course homepage, calendar (if used), and assignments page(s).
  • Review the syllabus. Review the syllabus document provided by your instructor—not just the "Syllabus" section of Canvas (if applicable)
  • Check your UWGB email regularly.
  • Check the Canvas course discussion board(s) several times a week.
  • Post the required comments and responses to the discussion board for your course.
  • Keep up with your assignments and online quizzes/exams (as applicable) and manage your time well.
  • Participate actively in class discussions.
  • Practice Netiquette ( in discussions, emails, and elsewhere: Be polite and respectful. Use good grammar and correct spelling. Don't write in all caps (it feels like you're shouting), and always sign your name.
  • Meet course deadlines. Some courses are self-paced but most are not.
  • Be honest and original. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any online course. View UWGB's Plagiarism Policy and any information provided in course syllabi.

Do's and Don'ts for Success

  • DO set aside a specific time during the day for this course--the best time that fits your schedule. Use this time for preparation and for participation (reading, studying, posting messages, completing assignments, reviewing materials, taking quizzes, etc.)
  • DO check in and contribute to the class several times a week. By doing this, you will keep engaged, on track, and moving steadily towards your goal!
  • DO remember there are people at UWGB to help you to be successful in online learning.
  • DO NOT put off the work! You need to keep up so you can more effectively participate in group and class discussions.
  • DO NOT be afraid to ask questions! There are probably several others who are wondering the same thing.

Technology Needs

At minimum, students in online courses need: reliable internet access and a laptop or desktop computer (a tablet, iPad, or smartphone is not sufficient). Students should also be familiar with their devices and have to skills to:

  • Send emails and attachments
  • Copy and paste
  • Upload and download files
  • Play media (including audio files and web video)
  • Install and launch software on their computer
  • Use word processing software (such as MS Office Word, Office 365)
  • Use presentation software (such as MS Office PowerPoint, Office 365)
  • Navigate collaboration platforms (such as Zoom, Teams, OneDrive)
  • Operate a webcam and microphone
  • Access the settings for their web browser (including enabling plugins/add-ons)
  • Use Canvas or other platforms required for the course (check with your instructor)

Have other tips for fellow online students? Use the comments area below to let us know.

KeywordsCanvas, Course, Student, Expectations, Access, Quizzes, Email, Policy, Schedule, Netiquette   Doc ID63281
OwnerScott B.GroupUW Green Bay
Created2016-05-09 12:42:35Updated2022-07-11 13:12:52
SitesUW Green Bay
Feedback  1   1