I recently had the opportunity to go through (a lot) of old papers and notes from elementary school, secondary school, and college. I saw years of attempting to stay organized: three-ring binders, portfolios, spiral notebooks, bound notebooks, index cards, loose papers, and the odd floppy disk. After nineteen years of schooling, I was just starting to get the hang of it.
Now, online and hybrid learning is rapidly becoming the major game in town, and even students who attend class in person are turning toward digital tools to keep on track. Organizational opportunities abound, but tastes and tools vary.
Which brings me to my point: how do you manage your online learning? Saylor has provided one tool in the ePortfolio, a place to view your transcripts and remember what Saylor.org courses you want to take, but the ePortfolio won’t take your notes for you or remember what unit you stopped at last Thursday (yet)…and it won’t help you much in your EDx or community college courses.
We have our own tips and tricks we’re willing to share (and plenty of difficulties), but we want to hear from you, too. After all, whatever problems you’ve had are still frustrating someone else. So what sites, apps, devices, and hacks help you keep everything together? Do you live in a world without paper, or does a printer and yellow highlighter remain your best friend?
Clue us in to your best organizational secrets (tell us in the comments or email me directly), and check back next week to see how others are becoming online learning ninjas…