Gone are the days when college students were limited to learning in a physical classroom. Nowadays you can pursue education anywhere you have an internet connection. What’s more: There are a bevy of digital resources available to students looking to enhance their educational experience.
Whether you’re trying to earn a top grade in your Intro to Software Engineering course or complete your Bachelor of Arts in English degree digital resources can help set you up for success. Read on to learn about the different resources you can use to improve your virtual learning journey.
One of the best ways to be a successful online student is to stay mobile. For example, you can use your phone to catch up on assigned reading during your lunch break at work or travel with your laptop and get your schoolwork while hanging out by the pool.
All schools are different, but some are more digitally progressive than others. At University of Phoenix (UOPX), for example, students have access to an online portal that allows them to participate in online classrooms, access their coursework and stay productive with tools like live chat and a digital calendar.
Using a mobile device, such as a phone or a tablet, is a great way to continue your online learning experience when you’re away from home. However, keep in mind that access to website functionality and required course materials may be limited on mobile devices, so make sure you’re still using a laptop or PC as your primary form of access.
Additionally, using web-based tools like Google Docs and taking advantage of the cloud means you can view and edit your schoolwork everywhere you go.
Alexa, Siri and Cortana might all sound familiar. But what about Phoebe?
Recently, UOPX launched its first-ever virtual assistant, Phoebe, on MyPhoenix to provide 24/7/365 support to students and be the first point of contact for their most common questions on everything from financial aid to course schedules.
According to Chris Herring, UOPX Director of Student Services Strategy and Operations, "We regularly get feedback that Phoebe is helpful." He adds that students often say Phoebe provides them the information they need.
So, if you have a question at, say, 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve, you can get an answer without having to wait to reach an agent during UOPX’s business hours.
Since Phoebe’s full deployment, UOPX has seen a 100% increase in overall weekly chat volume —This is great news since the more students talk to Phoebe, the smarter she gets.
That said, there’s no need to worry about getting trapped in an endless conversation with AI. If you decide you need support from a staff member, Phoebe immediately transfers the chat to an agent to help resolve your question.
Another helpful AI resource is Brainly. This global online learning platform uses machine learning algorithms to match students’ academic questions with content experts. Additionally, Tutor Matching Service gathers data to match students with private tutors based on subject, location, communication style, availability and more. (University of Phoenix is not associated with these companies.)
As an online learner, you’ll have access to databases and other educational resources that can transform your educational experience.
For instance, did you know that many local libraries allow their patrons access to digital materials, including electronic books, article databases and electronic journals, through their websites? You’ll still need a library card, but you can save yourself the drive when you need reliable sources for a paper you’re writing.
UOPX students also have access to the university’s online library. This helpful hub is curated by experienced research staff and offers a collection of resources that are aligned with UOPX’s programs. Plus, if you have any questions about choosing a research topic or finding the best sources for your paper, you can ask for help online.
Since online universities mostly live in the digital sphere, they typically offer online student services, including career counseling via video chat and messaging apps.
Career counseling can be helpful if you’re unsure about the next steps in your educational or career journey. It’s not easy to figure out your future, but online career advisors can help you develop a plan to achieve your goals.
UOPX students and graduates, for example, can rely on a team of advisors who are able to help with career coaching, building resumés and preparing for job interviews.
Of course, succeeding as an online student isn’t all about getting your homework done and acing that next test. When you need support for life’s challenges — such as managing stress or finding the balance between work, school and life — UOPX offers helpful services through its Life Resource Center. These services include life coaching, counseling and more than 5,000 resources to help you be your best.
Other mental health digital resources include online therapy services such as BetterMynd, which helps college students through video therapy sessions. Additionally, here’s a complete list of mental health resources designed for college students. (University of Phoenix is not associated with these companies.)
Whether you’re studying for a physics test on your phone, speaking to a virtual assistant about your school’s payment plan or reaching out for help through online therapy, there is an abundance of digital resources you can take advantage of to help you thrive as an online student.