At Aims, we want students to be successful in every classroom they enter.
Read the following Skills for Success list to ensure that you have everything you need while taking your online classes. If there is anything you need, be sure to ask your instructors or department staff where you are taking classes. They are here to help you succeed at every level.
Online Campus courses follow the same terms as traditional courses based in a classroom. Be sure to log in to your course on the first regularly scheduled day of class. Read the course syllabus and complete an activity as required by your online instructor to keep your seat in the course. This activity may be:
If you do not log in and complete the instructor’s required attendance activity in the first week of the term, you will be considered a “No Show” and you will be dropped from the course.
Online students must take the initiative to contact their instructors immediately if they encounter problems or have questions.
Online classes require a significant time commitment. Online courses are flexible but not self-paced, and they are not easier than traditional college courses. Online students must be motivated and prepared to log in to their courses multiple times each week and must manage their time to meet course deadlines. Successful Online students spend an average of 9-12 hours per week, per course.
It's easy to get off track in an online class and communication is extremely important to be successful.
Get the practical tips and strategies to stay focused and motivated while taking classes online. Learn how to break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable steps, how to effectively communicate with your instructor, how to forge a relationship with online classmates and teachers, and more.
Know what you need to know about the test before you take it, as well as the importance of location. Learn why taking notes during the test is an effective strategy and the importance of “R & R” (relax and review).
Some exams may require proctoring. See the Distance and Online Learning page for more information.
It is highly recommended that online students attend an in-person “Orientation to Aims Online” class. These orientations occur on all campuses at the beginning of each semester; the schedule can be found at, www.aims.edu/fye/ifocus/. You may also self-register to the online version afterwards, found under Resources and Support once you are logged into Aims Online.
Our First Year Experience department offers an extensive listing of courses for students to be successful. Here are a few examples of the offerings for online students. Create an account, and start watching all of the free workshops right away!
Other titles include:
Pick up your FREE parking pass at the Student Life office on the Greeley, Loveland, or Fort Lupton, campuses. Be sure to pick-up your Aims student ID which serves as your official identification card for the library and the gym.
Bring a copy of your class schedule and a photo ID to the Student Life office on the Greeley campus or the front desk at Loveland or Fort Lupton for your FREE student ID. Windsor campus only issues parking passes, not ID’s.
Meet with your advisor before registering before each semester. This will help you stay on track, save money and time!
Watch the College Calendar for important application, add, drop and withdraw dates.