The first rule of journalism also applies to graduate school, I’ve learned.
Never, ever ever ever, assume.
In addition to an online business course, I’m enrolled in a four-week orientation class that’s supposed to help me figure out how virtual learning works.
My first hard lesson: Always look around a little.
When I first visited the home page of the orientation course, I got the message that “this page doesn’t exist yet.”
So I assumed the course didn’t exist yet.
And, of course, my assumption was incorrect. And I’ll be getting a “zero” on last week’s assignment.
Turns out, had I explored the modules on the side of the course’s web page, I would have seen that this class is, indeed, alive and active.
Thankfully the instructor sent an email, which prompted me to revisit the course site and click through the various modules and features.
So just a warning—if you’re enrolled in an online course and the home page says it doesn’t exist yet, don’t assume the course doesn’t exist!
I’ll be scrambling to catch up in that class this week. Because, even though it’s not for credit, it would be really, really embarrassing to fail an orientation course.