Pin Me

Online Time Management: Remember Your Personal Multitasking Limits

written by: Doc Smith•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 5/25/2009

Ready to take an online class? Online time management is just as important as time management in other classes. It requires students to be skilled in multitasking. Read on to find out what you can and can't do in an online class.

  • slide 1 of 1

    RYPML, or Remember Your Personal Multitasking Limits

    Can I go to the bathroom while we are in an online class? That is about three seconds to type, a keystroke to post and then for an online instructor to respond is a loss of class time. Online time management is just as important as time management in a traditional class. One effective way to manage those rhetorical time consuming questions in an online class is to “front-load" the class before actual online synchronous (real time) class even begins. Even before you read further – RYPML – remember your personal multitasking limits.

    One way for an instructor to do this is generate and post a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for the specific class. Of course, the students need to be aware of the questions and responses before attending class, but the instructor can immediately refer those students with the questions directly to the FAQ section. In short – RYPML.

    Here is a list of 10 FAQ that have been developed and utilized throughout the past few years:

    1. Can I go to the bathroom while I am online in this online class?

    Response: Of course, there is not a need to ask or announce this. Merely go and return as soon as you can. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    2. Can I answer my phone during class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    3. Can I watch TV or listen to music while I am online in this online class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    4. Can my children be in the room when I am in this online class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    5. Can I be in another geographic location during this class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    6. Can I eat during class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    7. Can I drink during class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits. Remember that according to a national TV commercial: Merlot and email do not go together. That applies to online classes as well.

    8. Can I answer my doorbell while in class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    9. Can I attend class in my pajamas in this class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    10. Can I talk to other persons while I am in this class?

    Response: Of course. However, remember your personal multitasking limits.

    In short, for both the online student as well as the online course instructor: Merely RYPML. Remember your personal multitasking limits. Once these limits are addressed then online time management for everyone moves from limits into quality online synchronous situations.