Learners' Help Book
General Tips for Learning on grow2serve.net
We are glad you’ve joined us for this adventure! Have questions? Take a look at the resources in the Help Book. We've also put together this list of tips to help you through online learning:
Schedule your times of course participation on
your weekly calendar. Three or four blocks of about one hour
each spread out throughout the week work much better than four
hours of cramming on one night.
Post early and post often when participating
in a forum. Many of the small group dynamics you learned in
group Bible study apply to participating in a course.
Watch for the “time out” effect. Whenever you
enter text in grow2serve.net, whether
for an assignment or as a forum post, the
clock is ticking. The site will drop your connection if it sees
no activity after two hours. As in any kind of
Web-based environment, grow2serve.net only knows you are doing
something when you either open a new page or click on a link.
You may be typing a long answer to an assignment, get
interrupted, and then come back only to discover that your
session has timed out and your work has been lost. If you are
composing a response that is longer or requiring a lot of
reflection, you may want to first write it somewhere else and
save it to prevent the "time out" loss. When you are ready to
submit it, you can copy and paste it into the forum or
assignment. (Keep in mind that formatting often doesn't
transfer correctly from one program to another) You have 30
minutes after you make a post to go back and edit it.
Feel free to share information about yourself
in your profile. It will enrich your learning experience and
that of other learners if you know more about one another. The
only people who can see the information in your profile are
those enrolled in a course with you.
Keep moving. If you get stuck on something in
a course or your computer is not cooperating, mention the
difficulty to your facilitator, and then move on to the next
element in the course. Don't let one issue keep you from
working on what you can.
Plan your work time according to your internet
speed. If your Internet connection is slow, plan for
additional time to complete online assignments. Use the tab
feature of your browser to open multiple pages on your course
at the same time so that the next page is always loading while
you are reading or responding to a forum. See the "computer
requirements" for more information about Internet
- If you get behind in a course, first work on the
material for the current week, then go back and catch up
on past material that you missed.
Use the home page of your course as your home
base. Everything else (email, activity lists,
etc.) are supplemental tools, but the home page is the best
tool to keep track of your course.
- If you do not prefer to read things on a screen, then copy
and paste, and print the readings on
Set your page zoom. Most browsers will zoom in
and out on web pages if you click "ctrl +" and "ctrl -".
- Get help when you need it. Check the FAQ in the Help Book for various helpful resources. If you are still having trouble, contact your facilitator. You can also always contact us directly.