How to Succeed Online

Congratulations on signing up for an online course here at Utah Valley University! We want you have the best experience possible. Below you will find videos that highlight key strategies for succeeding as an online student. You can also review relevent UVU policies and procedures.

Tips to be Successful

We’ve searched and found some of the greatest experts on online learning – UVU students like yourself! Let’s hear what advice they have for you.

Online Student Success

Last semester was rough for Megan. But wiser now from experience, she gives some tips on how to reduce stress and stay on track with her assignments by starting the semester off right!

Asking For Help

Derek needs help with his online studies. Luckily, there’s plenty available if he will only reach out and ask. Watch what he does to take advantage of some of the many great resources available to students.

School/Life Balance

Achieving a good balance between life and school is hard for Nate. He has learned a few techniques to help him make sure everything would be better this semester.

Stick With It

Meet Adam, he’s super stressed with his online classes! Thankfully Kiera is here to give some friendly advice and support. Watch as she shares her perspective on staying motivated and doing hard things.

Do you feel ready to start your online journey (plodding in the snow two miles uphill both ways without shoes and only carrying Skittles)? Show off what you’ve learned by completing the activity below.

UVU Policies & Procedures

Withdrawal Policy

If you do not wish to take this course, you must officially withdraw by the deadline stated in the current semester UVU Student Timetable.

You can officially withdraw from a course by dropping it through the online registration system by the listed date. If you officially withdraw from a course by the "Last Day to Drop and Not Show on Transcript," the course will not appear on your academic transcripts. If you officially withdraw from a course by the "Last Day to Withdraw," a "W" will appear on your transcripts. Although your GPA will not be affected — a "W" will indicate that you chose to withdraw. If you fail to complete the course and do not drop it before the "Last Day to Withdraw," a "UW" or "E" (a failing grade) will appear on your transcripts.

Withdrawing from a course may impact your financial aid status. For more information, see: UVU Financial Aid.

Academic Integrity

A student enrolled in the institution accepts the obligation to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner acceptable at an institution of higher learning. Please read the complete UVU Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy. Check your syllabus for additional information.

Accessibility Policy

Students who need accommodations because of a disability may contact the UVU Accessibility Services Department (ASD), located on the Orem Campus in LC 312. To schedule an appointment or to speak with a counselor, call the ASD office at 801-863-8747. Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals, email nicole.hemmingsen@uvu.edu or text 385-208-2677.

UVU Accessibility Services

UVU Deaf Services

Online Etiquette

In order to maintain a positive online environment for our class, students should follow the guidelines summarized below.

Students are expected to:

  • Show respect.
  • Express differences of opinion in a respectful and rational way.
  • Maintain an environment of constructive criticism when commenting on the work of other students.
  • Avoid bringing up irrelevant topics when involved in group discussions or other collaborative activities.

Students should not:

  • Show disrespect for the instructor or other students in the class
  • Send messages or comments that are threatening, harassing, or offensive
  • Use inappropriate or offensive language
  • Convey a hostile or confrontational tone
  • Use all UPPERCASE in their messages—this is the equivalent of shouting

Canvas Support Information

If you have any difficulty with Canvas, please call the Support Desk. A support specialist dedicated to your success is available to you and can be contacted by phone, email, chat or in person. Visit the UVU Support page for contact information.

Office of Teaching & Learning Disclaimer

UVU online courses are not independent study and will have due dates throughout the semester. Students will only have access to submit online materials during the registered term. Materials contained in this course may be protected by copyright law. It is recommended that students keep a copy of all work in the event that an assignment is lost.