Tips for Online Learning

Thriving in Online Class

JBU students,

 As we all transition next week to online learning, we want you to be prepared. Below are some tips and links that we hope are helpful for you. Please know we are still working and available to help you throughout the semester. If you are in need of any academic or transition assistance, please contact us at student support services or student success Please know that your faculty, resident directors and JBU staff are ready to assist and support you!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Tips for Online Learning Success –

  1. Get perspective, focus on the bigger plan
    God has a plan for you and the rest of this semester matters, seek Him through this time.  God has a purpose for you!  The rest of the semester is part of your academic and professional preparation.  Stay motivated. Be faithful.  Keep focused.  Keep connected.  Utilize the campus resources for your learning and professional development. 

  2. Get organized…and stay organized
    Your physical learning environment looks different now. Find a place in your home that you can section off as your workspace for classes. Organize that space to maximize your job as a full-time student.  You will want to organize your technology and webcam space. Consider posting your class schedule on your door to let others know not to disturb you during these times.

  3. Practice time management
    It can be even more easy now to get distracted with all the things going on at home. Have a discussion with your family that you are still a full-time student and have to commit a lot of time to your classwork. Create a schedule for classes, reading, homework and project work.  Give yourself breaks as needed.  Try creating a google schedule. Avoid the temptation to multi-task as this will distract your learning.  Be sure to keep connected with others throughout this time (friends, family, faculty, etc.)

  4. Class time & learning strategies
    Some of your classes have “live” times where you are in class at the normal times you would be. Others will be changed to doing work throughout the week without “live” class times. Create a schedule of when you will be “in class” and when you will be working on each class – keep it consistent so you know what to expect each day and week.  Make the most of video lectures by being present, engaged, and know how to interact with the zoom features.  Remember, the class time is only the foundation for your studies, you must dig deeper into the material to reinforce your mastery of the topic.  Include others in your learning process.  Talk about what you are learning with family and friends.  Consider study groups using your Zoom resource located on EagleNet to help further your learning. 

  5. Check EagleNet, Blackboard and your email regularly
    This is where you will find updates or adjustments to assignments and will be the best way to contact your Professors with any questions you may have. It’s on you even more so now to stay up to date with your coursework and announcements from the University.  Be sure to keep in touch with your academic advisor via email or zoom throughout the semester.  Remember, Fall 2020 course registration is coming soon. 

  6. Utilize online resources and your campus resources. 
    Our faculty and staff are available to serve you.



 Contact Person  ‘First Step’ to access support

Academic Counseling & Undecided



Accommodations,  Disabilities & Testing

Jarrod Heathcote


Academic Support, Exam support,  Study Skills, Tutoring

Kyle Ireland


Jeff Soderquist


Christian Formation

Tracey Balzer

Clubs, Organizations, Student Activities (Interim)

Caitlyn Bennett


Rob Rostoni

1.     Email

ITS Help Desk: any computer/software related issues

Help Desk


2.     Call/text 479.524.7256

3.     Email


Emily Moore

Interim Dean of Students

Emily Moore

Financial Aid

Michelle Baker

Email or dependent on the request

Housing/Residence Life

Emily Callon

Kendra McIlvain

Emily Anderson

Trevor Magness


International Students

Bill Stevens

Gabe Williams


Library Staff


Rhonda Hostler


Becky Weimer or

Work Study

Sharon Tatem

Writing Skills/Writing Center

Jonathan Himes


Additional resources to help you with your learning.

Time Management VideoThis video, produced by our very own Jarrod Heathcote from Disability and Testing Services, looks at cultivating discipline, organization, time management and goal setting as it relates to online learning.  Be sure to check out the pie of life, time tracker, academic adjustment, hour of power and mind dump segments!  Remember, college is a full-time job.  You should be carving out time and developing habits to do this well.  The rest of this semester are building blocks for next semester and your career.  Be sure to learn for life!

Here are some helpful resources to keep you organized!

Keep Yourself Appy

How to study effectively video.  This is worth the 8 minutes!  Great ideas which will boost your study habits:  spaced practice, interleaving, elaboration, concrete examples, dual coding, retrieval practice & more!

Need academic accommodations?  Accommodations are available for students who might need support to achieve his/her academic success.  For those who already have accommodations or those who have not sought out accommodations, this is a good time to explore your needs with the transition to online learning.  Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis and must be supported by documentation from a professional who has diagnosed the student’s disability.  The rest of this semester are building blocks for next semester and your career.  Be sure to learn for life!  Contract: Jarrod Heathcote 

An encouraging word from Rachel Robison in student support services.

Being confronted by things that are outside of our control can be very stressful. It’s easy to say that we have faith until we have to trust God with something that seems so uncertain. I encourage you to pray about what you can’t control, give those things to God, and then focus on what you can do. With that in mind, here are some questions for you to think about (and share with someone):

  • What challenges might you experience regarding the online learning environment? How might you address these challenges?
  • What is your plan for maintaining a support network while practicing social distancing?
  • How have your life responsibilities changed?
  • What is one way you can positively contribute to your new living environment?
  • How do you plan to invest in/nurture your faith while you are practicing social distancing?
  • What is one practice you can implement or continue that will help you maintain good mental health?
  • What are your biggest concerns? How can someone pray for you?

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8