What makes a successful blended learning student? Here are our top tips for you:

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Please ask for help as soon as possible. If you have any questions, need assistance or clarification about any aspect of the programme, contact the programme or module coordinator - details available in Blackboard. If you are having technical problems, please contact either of the School Educational Technologists as soon as possible:

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Devote sufficient time and effort to the programme, time-on-task is necessary. You should spend at least the same amount of time each week working online as you would in a face to face programme. You will also need to be disciplined and self-motivated in scheduling your study time. Try to set aside regular periods of time each week to view or participate in lectures; complete the online learning activities e.g. reading and contributing to online discussions; additional required reading etc.

Blended programmes offer greater flexibility and convenience but are not easier. Try not to fall behind the weekly schedule. If you are struggling, in a module, please get in touch with the module coordinator for advice and support as soon as possible.

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Communicate frequently and effectively. Keep in touch with your lecturers and fellow students by using the tools available in Blackboard e.g. discussion forums; blogs and email. Where appropriate, share questions and comments using online forums and blog comments rather than sending individual private emails.

When writing online, take some time to think before beginning to write. Ensure that your core point/argument is clear in purpose and that the content or tone cannot be misinterpreted or misunderstood by others. We recommend preparing and editing all text in MS Word (saving a copy on your computer) and, when your text is finalised, copying and pasting it online in Blackboard.

If a question is posted in an Ask a Question forum and you can answer it, please do!

Finally, for required online discussions, try not to leave it to the last minute to make your contribution. Your knowledge, experience and opinion matter, and contributing earlier in an online discussion, rather than at the last minute, will help everyone's learning.

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Make a very regular habit of saving and backing up all files on your own local computer, or in Google Drive (available in UCD Connect).