Many online students may wonder how they’ll get assignments from professors and turn them in when done since they won’t be meeting up in the traditional classroom setting. While each school will differ, most use an online system that makes it simple even for least tech savvy students to find out what they need to do, when they need to do it and how to to turn it in once complete. Generally, students can expect their online homework experience to resemble the following, though keep in mind that each school may use a different system.
- Students will log into the course website and locate the designated area for homework or assignments. Most schools will have this clearly marked so it’s easy for students to find and revisit time and time again. If you can’t locate where your assignments are on the site, ask your professor.
- Students will read through the list of assignments to find out requirements and due dates. While you’ll largely be working on your own as an online student, you’ll still need to meet deadlines and make sure you’re getting assignments in on time. For some courses, this may mean completing work not only by a certain date but a certain time as well (i.e. Friday at 5:00 PM). Assignments listed on pages such as these will generally lay out all requirements, including questions that should be answered, word count, number of posts on a discussion board or whatever other requirements are pertinent to the assignment.
- Assignments will be completed online or off. Students can expect to get assignments that are meant to be completed on the school’s website as well as those that involve research and writing. Quizzes, discussions and simple assessments may be given online while more in-depth projects and papers will require both online and offline work.
- Students will hand in completed work by uploading it to the site. Once an assignment is complete, students will need to turn it in. Most sites offer a simple way to upload work, letting the professor know what time it was completed and to what degree.
While you won’t be dealing with handing in a printed out paper or homework assignment as an online student, figuring out the digital alternative can be pretty simple and even preferable for some students. If students run into any trouble a quick email to a professor or technical support can usually get things back on track and homework turned in on time.