Survival Basics 101 - in no set order at all
Get Your Ducks in a Row
Organization is critical! You are going to be balancing a great deal as you make your way through grad school: not only are you going to be completing a graduate level course over a short five-week span, but you may find yourself balancing a full time job, demands of family, extra-curricular activities, lack of sleep, and who knows what else. Knowing what you have and where to find it is going to be crucial to your success.
Don't Mess Around
ACE publishes a Google Calendar with all of the assignment due dates, breaks, and other relevant information. Unsure how this matters to you?
Make a Friend
As I said in my first tip, I know that you are going to be busy, but don't get so busy that you don't take the time to make at least one friend. A good friend who is going through the same coursework as you can be an invaluable resource, and if you are fortunate to make one, then you will wonder how you ever made it without him/her.
Don't Buy an iPad
- or at least not for the purpose of accessing your grad school classes online. Mine has been very beneficial in allowing me to locate and test out apps that I could use in class, and the data connection has allowed me to access my Dropbox articles while my poor husband was stuck with all of the driving. iPads are not, however, perfectly compatibile with Canvas, and they aren't good for much more than allowing you to read posts. If you want to post to a discussion, then your iPad will work just well enough to make you think that it MIGHT work THIS TIME, but it's just an illusion that the tech gods created to amuse themselves at the stupidity of humans. (These tech gods are very closely related to the refridgerator fairies that cast the "Keep checking as there might be something in this this time - really" charm.)
This doesn't mean that one wouldn't be really convenient when it comes to locating and vetting apps that you can use to when required to share a new technology with the class.
Break Out of Frames and Other Browser Tricks
The weekly quizzes and monitors are presented in frames, and at times that has made it difficult for me to see all of the information that I needed to see in order to feel comfortable taking the quiz. Firefox will allow you to right-click on the frame that the quiz is in and open it into a new frameless window, while Chrome is not natively able to do so.
To enable frameless viewing in Chrome or other browsers, add the following text to the end of the URL. ?headless=1
Example: Here is a shot of a presentation quiz trapped in a frame.
Now with the ?headless=1 added
The full page is visible. Great trick, huh?