Once you’ve got everything you need to start studying, you’ve got some work to do.
Studying is a two-way street. You will have access to excellent materials within your units and your tutors are going to teach you and help you as much as they can, but it’s still up to you to actually learn the subject.
That’s your responsibility as a student and it won’t happen without a bit of hard work on your behalf. If you invest some time into your studies and really make an effort, you will learn and then you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned in the future, and that’s the whole point!
A key aspect of online learning is the process of sharing your work, your feedback and your experience with your fellow students and, of course, your tutor. If you were studying ‘face-to-face’, you’d be talking with other students around campus and showing them what you’ve been working on.In the online world, you have to put a little more effort in to make sure this same sort of communication and sharing happens. Be sure to access your units in Blackboard and spend some time regularly on the discussion boards.
Feedback is really helpful to both you and to the person receiving it. A really good way to get feedback on your own work is to get into the discussion board and offer feedback to the other students on their work. Be courteous and offer constructive criticism and you’ll likely get the same back in return.
You’ll be learning all sorts of new things as you go through your studies. Obviously your tutors are going to be invaluable to you in this process but your fellow students will be just as helpful. Part of the reason other students will be helpful is that they’ve only just learned the skills, so they can help you with connecting the dots between before knowing the skill and actually learning the skill.
So, get onto the discussion boards and chat with students who’ve already completed the units you’re studying and you’ll find you benefit from hearing about their experience.
In-turn, you’ll be able to reinforce what you’ve learned by sharing your experience with newer students and other students within in your units.
Doing your work is only one aspect of studying, sharing your work with others is just as useful to your learning. Share your work with your lecturer and with other students via the discussion boards in your units.
CommunicateCommunication is huge component of studying. It’s extremely important to your success as a student and the fact that you’ll be studying online doesn’t mean you’ll be communicating any less.
On-campus students bump into each other throughout the day. They make conversation and, sharing ideas and show each other their work. As an online student you’re far less likely to bump into a fellow student, but that same sort of communication is just as important for you, so you’ll have to make an effort to communicate with your fellow students and your tutors through digital means.
The discussion boards within your Blackboard units are specifically designed to help you with this. There’s also a special unit called Shared Art Files where you can chat with people studying art online but may not be in your specific unit. You might find this area especially helpful as you’ll run into students in there who have already completed the units you’re studying, and they can be a wealth of information.
Be sure to get online and share your ideas, show your work, and chat away with some like-minded people. The more you communicate, the more you’ll learn, and the more you’ll enjoy the experience of studying art online!
ParticipateA big part of your online studies will be participating with your class. You might be expected to work as part of a team on a group project, or to post the progressive stages of your work to the discussion board and engage with other students by both giving and receiving feedback. Whatever the case, you’ll get more out of it the more you participate. To see what’s specifically expected of you, access each of your units and look through the unit materials.