As an online student, it can be tempting to venture to other websites outside the Campus Common and online classroom, including the ever-popular Facebook. It’s always a good idea to take a break from your studies now and then, but you should also take steps to ensure that social networking doesn’t monopolize your online activities.
- When you're studying online, refrain from logging in to social websites like Facebook and Twitter. If you want to use social avenues to connect with your fellow students and faculty, opt instead for Connections, South University’s exclusive social network. It includes sections for internal and national clubs and organizations you may wish to join.
- Think twice about who you connect with on social sites, as well as the comments you post there. Openly complaining about work, class or other friends could actually paint you in a negative light amongst your peers.
- When you log in to your computer with the goal of participating in the online classroom, do just that. Once you’ve completed the work you set out to do, you can reward yourself by browsing other websites you enjoy, including social websites.
In the online learning environment, it’s easy to become distracted by outside influences, but with the right attitude and focus, you can complete your work in a productive manner.