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Web Browsing Tips

 

Web Browsing Tips

 

Here are some easy tips to make your web research and browsing more efficient.

  • Open Search Result Items in New Tabs / New Windows
    When you are reviewing search results, don't click on the link in the search results.  Instead, open that link in a new page or tab - so that you do not lose your list of search results.  If you are using a Microsoft Windows computer, use the RIGHT-MOUSE-CLICK to bring up a shortcut menu, and then choose Open in New Window.  If you are using a Macintosh, use the
  • Open Separate Windows for Each Task
    You can use the CTRL+N (Windows) or Control+N (Mac) key combination in your Internet browser to create a new browsing window.  This allows you to have your campus email open in one window, your online course site in another, and your library research pages in other windows. 
  • Create Emails of Links rather than Bookmarks/Favorites
    Often times, you need to be able to reference multiple websites to complete a single project/assignment.  Rather than creating Bookmarks/Favorites, which are only stored on the computer that you are using at the time, it is smarter to compose an email to yourself which has the website links and a couple sentence description of what the website has to offer.  This also allows you to collaborate with others, sharing resource sites in a meaningful way.
  • Copy and Paste to Print
    Some websites have a really bad habbit of designing pages that will not properly print out (you miss the last few words on the right of each sentence).  If this is happening to you, the work-around is to highlight the portion of text that you need and then paste it into your word-processing program (Microsoft Word).  This allows you to then format and print the content to fit your printer width.
  • Forced Refresh
    To speed up showing you webpages, your browser will save pages that you have visited to your local hard drive.  Then, on your next request for that webpage, the browser will show you the local harddrive copy rather than attempt to download the page again.  Unfortunately, if a page is updated frequently, you will only see the old results.
    You can force your browser to grab a new copy of the page by holding down the SHIFT key when you press the REFRESH or RELOAD button.

Online Tips

Tips for Online

Following these tips should help you have a successful and smooth online course experience.
  • Schedule your study time! You should make a schedule of times when you plan to login and work on your course, and make sure that the schedule had to login in several days per week. The best way for you to succeed in an online course is to reduce the risk of procrastination. When you set regular times to "attend" your online class, there is less of a chance that you will fall behind in your work.
  • Take advantage of the "24/7" aspect of online learning! You don't have to respond immediately to questions and assignments in your online classes. Read through the material and the assignment descriptions, as well as the online lecture materials and discussion questions, and then let the information "sink in" before completing your work.
  • Cut and Paste!  When you need to post your thoughts to one of the discussion boards, compose your message in a word processor. The word processor will allow you to check the spelling and grammar of your work, and it will also be easier to edit your thoughts. When you're done editing, you can copy and paste your writing into the discussion forum.
  • Sign post your humor! In an online class, no one will be able to tell whether you are smiling or winking if you make a sarcastic comment. Unfortunately, others might think that you are being serious and might misunderstand your point unless you clearly indicate that your statement was meant to be taken humorously. If you are adding humorous points, it will be helpful to others in the class if you sign post those remarks, such as “I figured that my raise this year will be about a nickel. (sarcasm)” or, “(joke) Mathematics is made up of 50% formulas, 50% proofs, and 50% interpretation.” 
  • Remember to be kind and courteous! Don't "say" anything in an online course that you would not speak into a microphone in a crowded auditorium. When you post something online, everyone will "hear" it, and they may copy and paste your message to share with others. Remember that the online environment joins together people of all different ages, races, disabilities, religions, and values. Be extra sensitive when making your remarks. 
  • Ask questions; ask lots of questions!  If you feel confused, you need to take care of it right away. Your instructor wants you to succeed in the class, and your instructor is eager to answer your questions. When you have questions, it is best to post them to the “questions and answers” discussion board. It is very likely that others in the class have the same question, and they will appreciate getting an answer as well. If you feel that you're really struggling in the course, don't allow yourself to get overwhelmed and then be forced to drop the course. Instead, contact your instructor right away to see if there are other resources or explanations which will help get you back on track.
  • Consume everything! Some materials that your instructor provides are required, and other ones are optional or supplementary. If you really want to do well in the course, take advantage of all the extra materials your instructor has provided and gathered for you. The extra materials provide more in-depth information and often present the concepts and topics in new and interesting ways. 
  • Practice, practice, practice! In an online class you might feel as though you can quickly scan and glance through materials, but avoid the temptation. Just like any other skill, from driving a car to playing a musical instrument, the more time you spend studying and practicing the skills from your course, the quicker they will become an automatic and intuitive operation. 
  • Keep connected! Stay in touch with your classmates in your instructor, and use opportunities to build personal and social relationships in the same manner you would in a face-to-face class.

Tech Tips

Technology TipsThere is something to be said about using the wealth of free and online tools for creating engaging learning materials for your courses.

 

This area of the site provides you with some technology tips and also some ideas for how free tools can be used in working more efficiently, more safely, and more accessibly.

If you have tips to share, please email them to me at jamesfalkofske [at] yahoo[dot] com.

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