Please use this checklist to ensure that you are prepared for your online course before the term begins. _____ I have ordered the required books and materials for my course from the provider school. • Materials should be received prior to the term start. • Your home school will not have the required materials for an online consortium course. _____ I have completed the orientation and/or reviewed the demo course. • If you are required to complete an orientation course, the provider school will email you directions on how to access and complete the course. • If an orientation is not required, you are encouraged to review the demo course. _____ I know the start and end dates of my course. • Term start and end dates for each provider may differ from your home school’s academic calendar. _____ I have made arrangements for computer and internet access. • Most online courses require work to be completed throughout the week. _____ I plan on spending 15-20 hours a week on my course. • Online courses are intense and move very quickly as they cover the same amount of material as a semester long course. During the first week of each term: _____ Access your course as soon as possible – Notify the provider school if you are unable to access your course as soon as possible. _____ Find your instructor contact information and save it somewhere on your computer. By saving this information outside of your course, you are able to contact your instructor if you should encounter difficulties accessing your course during the term. _____ Participate in your course by the required date. Each provider school will specify a date in which you must participate by or you will be dropped from the course for non-participation. Participation requirements may be different depending on the provider. For example, certain providers consider accessing the course as participation. Other providers require posting a message by a certain date.