If you’re a newcomer to online learning, you probably have some questions about how it works. Watch a video of GLCC President Dr. Frank Weller answering common questions about communication best practices for your online courses.
The Best Ways to Communicate With Your Professors When Taking Online Classes
Communication is one of the most important aspects of student success. While taking online classes, it is essential to know where and how to communicate with your professors.
Here are some of the best ways you can communicate with your professors when taking online classes, and what you can do to make your communication effective.
Use Your Online Student Portal
Online courses are fully immersed on a digital platform. GLCC offers a secure online platform that contains all of your class information, materials, and resources. Among these resources is access to communicating with your professors online. You can contact your professor through the online platform regarding any inquiries or questions you may have.
Our online platform makes communicating with your professors easy without ever having to leave the online student portal.
Using Your GLCC Student Email Address
Email is one of the most reliable and formal methods of communication. Using your school email address you can effectively and securely communicate with your professors. You can contact your professors directly to ask questions, discuss any complications, clarify the course curriculum, and more.
Most professors monitor their email daily, making it one of the fastest and most efficient ways to communicate with your professors. Checking your email regularly is a great way to ensure successful communication when taking online classes.
Benefits of Small Class Sizes
GLCC understands the importance of student success and focuses on keeping individual class sizes small. If you have ever sat in a large lecture hall with 100+ students, then you know it is not usually a personalized learning experience.
At GLCC, class sizes are in a cohort of 5-10 students per course. Their smaller class size provides more individualized attention and assistance from your professors. Your professors are actively involved in each student's success, meaning you can expect quick response times and valuable insight when communicating with them.
Communication Goes Both Ways
Just as it is important to communicate with your professors, your professors will be communicating with you online too. Professors may use the online student portal or email to communicate with the class.
Make sure you are monitoring your messages from classmates and professors to ensure that you are up to date and informed on any changes or information you may need.
How to Communicate With Your Professors Professionally
Online sources will be the primary method of communication throughout your course. It is important to conduct yourself professionally when communicating with your professors. Learning how to write professional messages in your online student portal or through email isn’t always easy. Here are 10 Easy Tips to help you learn how to write professionally. Practicing professional communication etiquette is a skill set that is beneficial to everyone.
Have Questions of Your Own? Want to Learn More?
Online learning provides so many benefits to the eager learner that there’s no reason not to pursue it. Learn more about GLCC’s online programs or Get in touch with us today to find the right program for you.