Build your skills
Online courses often require you to take a more proactive approach to learning. Identify tools and resources that will help to build your online learning skills.
Skills to Consider
You will use your computer to search the web and use a course management system called ICON (Canvas) to engage in your course work. Within the online course setting, you will communicate with your instructor and classmates through email and video conferencing, collaborate on projects with classmates, and navigate course features. Having good technical skills will contribute to your online learning success. Below are highlights of the resources for technical skills.
Technical Skill Resources
Web and Computer Skills
- Use a computer to do almost anything!
- ITS at the University of Iowa for students
- LinkedIn Learning (university supported training)
Share Documents and Collaborative Tools
Navigating ICON (Canvas)
As an online student, you may be given the flexibility to meet course deadlines at times that may be more convenient for you. However, this can raise potential problems. You need to make sure you manage your learning time, set studying goals and plans for your learning success, and communicate effectively with the instructor and your peers. The Step 1 video on “Tips for Online Learning Success” provides helpful strategies for your online learning success. Find additional study skills tips and resources below.
Study Skill Resources:
Enrolling in an online course at the university level will require you to build skills in critical thinking, communication, writing, leadership and management, and networking. Developing these skills will help you achieve your academic success and provide a strong transition to your future careers. A variety of academic and learning resources and support are available from the university, such as the Writing Center, the Tutoring Center, and the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership. Additional academic skill-building resources are linked below.
Academic Skill Resources:
- Writing Center at the University of Iowa
- Tutoring at the University of Iowa
- Peer-to-Peer Tutoring
- Academic Advising Center
- Math Lab Tutorial at the University of Iowa
- The UI Library
Accessing Online Courses from Outside of the United States
There are some locations outside of the United States where University of Iowa students have had difficulty accessing online courses. Find more information here:
Online Outside of the U.S.