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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Resources for Online Students

Online Student Success

Take Charge of your Success

The eight different bachelor’s degree programs offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are offered 100% online.  The convenience of accessing your coursework online at any time from anywhere is an incredible opportunity.  But, it’s also important to consider whether pursuing a degree online is the right fit for you.

  • Time commitment.
    ASU Online courses require an average of 6-9 hours of work each week.  Our engineering degree programs also require a lot of teamwork.  Keep in mind that you may form teams with students from different time zones and may need to be flexible to complete your course projects.
  • Obligations out of school.
    Many online students work full-time, have families, or travel often. It’s important to consider your other commitments when enrolling in a degree program.  Make sure to talk with your supervisor and family prior to enrolling.
  • Motivation and self-discipline. 
    Many online courses don’t require students to login at specific times like you would attend an in-person class.  Online students must hold themselves accountable to login to the class site regularly, watch online lectures, participate in discussion boards, complete assignments, proactively contact the instructor with questions, and keep on-pace with the course.
  • Internet access.
    Because you will complete all of your coursework online, it’s important to have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • Computer savvy.
    Online learning requires more than knowing how to turn on your computer.  Students must be adaptable to the online learning environment, experienced with web browsers and Microsoft Office, and resourceful to seek assistance with technological issues.

Academic Advising

As an online student at ASU, you will have access to a dedicated academic advisor and an online retention coach.  Your academic advisor will help you select courses, locate ASU and Fulton-specific resources, and ensure you’re on-track to graduate.  Your retention coach will encourage you as you progress through your degree and offer advice to help you be a better online student.

Academic advising is available via email, phone, or video conferencing like Skype or Google Hangout.  To schedule an appointment with your advisor, visit the online scheduling tool and select your degree program and an advisor.  Some programs have specific advisors assigned in My ASU, and other programs encourage you to work with any available advisor.

Note that electrical engineering advisors have specific appointment times set aside for online students.  If you have difficulties finding an appointment time that meets your needs, contact your advising office using the contact info listed on the Advising Directory.

Time Management

Online students often have work and family commitments, in addition to their online classes.  Here are our tips for juggling all of your obligations as an online student!

  1. Make a plan.

    Online students need structure, and keeping a calendar and creating a master schedule is a great way to create that structure.

    1. Check your syllabi at the beginning of the term and mark assignment deadlines and test dates on your calendar. We recommend using the Google calendar available through your ASU Gmail access in My ASU. Look ahead at your calendar to identify those days when your daughter’s dance recital falls on the same day of your calculus exam.  This will help you keep on-track and avoid procrastinating.
    2. Create a master schedule of your week that includes all of your work and family obligations.  Then schedule specific study times for each class, and stick to it.  Treat that time just like you would if you were in an actual classroom.
  2. Adapt your daily schedule.

    Make your classes a daily activity to avoid becoming overwhelmed and to establish a rhythm—just like your exercise routine.  Use your lunch break to study or to seek academic support that’s only available during business hours.  If you have a smartphone, use it to stay organized and connected: set reminders on your calendar app for due dates, check your email for communication from the professor, and peruse the discussion boards to stay current.

  3. Ask for help. 

    If you fall behind or need extra assistance with the course material, ask for help.  Contact your instructors, classmates, tutors, academic advisors, or retention coach.  We all want you to succeed, and that comes in many forms: an instructor may extend a deadline for you, your classmate may offer a different way of approaching your assignment, a tutor may explain a concept differently than your professor, or your academic advisor may discuss your options for withdrawing from the course rather than failing.

How to Succeed in Calculus

As with many subjects in science and engineering, calculus is a demanding subject and many students are either not prepared academically or don’t know what is expected in terms of work demands in order to succeed. This document gives a few pointers and links to resources in order to help students better prepare for calculus.

  1. Good pre-calculus background is essential. Use this
    pre-calculus review.
  2. Practice is essential.  Seek help from the instructor or
    online tutoring.
  3. Don’t get behind. Get into a regular daily routine of studying.
  4. Recognize the time commitment. Devote two hours out of class for every hour in class.

Track Your Degree Progress

Wondering how your completed coursework fulfills the requirements of your degree at ASU? Interested in tracking your progress toward graduation?  Run a Degree Audit Report System (DARS)!

A degree audit is an automated report that matches courses that you have completed (both at ASU and from transfer institutions) with the requirements of your degree program.  You may also run a degree audit for another degree program, if you are interested in switching majors, to determine how your completed courses apply to the degree requirements of that program.

The graduation office also refers to this report to determine eligibility for graduation, so it’s important that you (in conjunction with your advisor) make sure it’s accurate and up-to-date.

Request a degree audit from DARS Self-Service or from MyASU by selecting My Progress Reports (DARS) under My Programs and eAdvisor. Select Degree Audit (DARS). This will take you directly to DARS Self-Service home page where you can request your audit by selecting Run Default Programs.