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Online Learning Strategies

  • Please read the rules for online behavior found here:

  • Please follow the link below to assess your online readiness.

  • "Online classes aren't easier, and you have to be organized!"

    "Taking online classes is really convenient for me, so my desk area is only for my school work.  That way I can stay up to date on everything."

    "I spend about six or more hours each week per class.  It's kind of like taking the three hour course plus homework for that class but without the commute."

    "I really like my assignments online.  I can take my time with things when I need to."

  • You may contact all of your professors through email, by phone, and by appointment.  Syllabi will list your professor's office hours. 

    Professor's Info

    Clarena Larrotta 512-245-6288
    Joellen Coryell  512-245-1856
    Jovita Ross-Gordon 512-245-8084
    Ann Brooks 512-245-1936
    Robert Reardon 512-245-3755

    Postdoctoral Fellow Info

    Mattyna Stephens 512-245-2531


  • Please refer to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning's webpages which detail technical requirements necessary for online learning:


  • You will take two to three classes (6 to 9 hours) each long semester (Fall and Spring) and two classes in the summer.  This will allow you to graduate in a timely manner without overloading your schedule.  Look at your Degree Audit and consult with your advisor in choosing your courses BEFORE enrolling in courses.  This ensures that you will not take the wrong classes.

  • This is a graduate program, and with that comes the responsibility of reading.  While you will be reading articles and/or book chapters each week, it is easily done with good time management.  Some people set aside time each day and others prefer to read it all at once.  Make sure you are spending time with the material to fully understand it.

  • You will work in groups in online courses.  This can be challenging for some people, especially in an online environment.  Good time management and open, honest communication will allow for a smooth transaction.  Let the design of group collaboration work FOR you, not against you.  After all, two heads are better than one! 

  • Participating online can mean a number of things like attending scheduled meetings, responding to posts, commenting on your readings, etc. Participation is usually included in your total grade for the semester, so it is important to note what kind of participation is required by your professor.

  • Students are responsible for keeping track of their graded work.  Pay attention to feedback to improve and grow.

    Grades are available a couple of weeks after the semester ends. You can access your grades through Catsweb. Remember that a C in a Master's degree course means you will have to retake the class for credit.  

    As and Bs get degrees!