How to Succeed as an Online Student

  • What does it take to succeed in online synchronous, blended, or asynchronous courses?  In general, successful online learners are:

    • Good independent learners;  
    • Disciplined about their class work;  
    • Comfortable with technology;  
    • Proficient readers with good comprehension; and  
    • Comfortable communicating on the Internet with professors and peers.

    In addition, these resources may help you as a new participant in an online or blended course:

    1. Register for courses through our registration system.
    2. Familiarize yourself with the Canvas Learning Management system.
    3. Stay in touch with your facilitator.


Once You've registered for an Online or Blended session:

  • Four (4) hours after registration, log into the online classroom at Your username is the email address that ESC11 has on file.  Your password should match what was used during registration.  If you are unable to recall your password or are unable to log in, you may reset it by clicking the link that says, Forgot Password?  You will receive an email link to update your password. Check your spam messages if you do not receive the email. If you have problems, contact

    Before the First Week of Class

    1. Technical planning
      1. Log into Canvas to become familiar with the site. Once a course is available for your registered course, review the introduction module and make sure you understand the course requirements and expectations, including facilitator contact information, readings, grading criteria, and policies such as attendance, tests, and make-ups.
      2. If you will be attending webinars via the Canvas web conferencing tool, check the system requirements and test your computer's readiness. For help, contact
    2. Academic planning
      1. Set up a comfortable and quiet study area at home. Keep distractions and noise to a minimum. Maintain this area as your study space. Alternatively, consider studying at a library or office.
      2. Plan on spending a predetermined number of hours per week for each online course you're taking.
      3. Get organized. Establish a consistent work schedule to meet course deadlines.

    During the Semester

    1. Use your time well.
      1. Review the course overview and course requirements to make sure you stay on track.
      2. Create a study routine to complete assignments on time.
      3. Don't procrastinate! Submit assignments early and ensure that your instructor has received them.
    2. Communicate with your instructor and classmates.
      1. When contacting the course facilitator, you may use your work email, personal email, or Canvas’ internal email tool.  It’s helpful to include your district, campus, course title, and any pertinent details to clearly convey your message.
      2. Provide feedback to your instructor about the course, such as the course overview, material, assignments, and progress. Always be courteous, even when you disagree with your instructor. Be concise when  presenting counterarguments.
      3. If you face any problems or feel like you're getting behind, don't be afraid to ask questions.
      4. Support your classmates by interacting and responding in class and on discussion boards.
    3. Develop your own strategies to stay engaged with your course tasks.
    4. Check your grades regularly, and contact your course facilitator if one of your grades is inaccurate.
    5. Maintain a regular schedule through the end of the course term.
    6. To receive CPE credit, complete the course evaluations. It also provides faculty with valuable feedback to improve future courses.

    At Course Completion

    1. Check your grades in the Canvas course to ensure they are correct.
    2. After course completion, your name will be submitted to Region 11's Registration Office, after which you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to a course evaluation.  The session, along with it's credit hours, will appear in your transcript once you complete the course evaluation.
    3. Share successful learning experiences with teachers in your district and personal learning networks.
  • In addition to basic computer requirements, you may need a webcam, microphone, and speakers in order to participate in live, online webinars.  If your computer or mobile device does not have a built-in webcam, you can purchase a separate webcam. We recommend using a headset to help you focus.


    • Webcam
    • Headset (or speakers and microphone)
    • High-speed Internet
    • Flash plug-ins may be required
    • Compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android
    • Access your webinar from the Canvas Learning Management System