Use an Online Learning Expectations Template

Providing a course overview can help your students orient themselves to your course and connect with you as an inProviding online learning expectations will clearly communicate your expectations for behavior and participation in your online course.  An online learning expectations document describes what is expected of students and provides tips to help students be successful. 

How to get started

Follow these steps to make an editable copy of the template for your own use.

  1. Make sure you log into Google with your NC State account.
  2. Access the Online Learning Expectations Template Google Doc.
  3. Click File from the top menu.
  4. Select Make a Copy.
  5. Name your file.
  6. Select a Folder in “My Drive” to save the copy to.
  7. Click the Make a Copy button.

You may now edit your copy of the Course Overview template to reflect your own course.

Best practices

  • Use a welcoming language and conversational tone to help make this document personal and inviting for students
  • Provide a clear description of what you expect from students
  • Give tips that will help students understand what they need to do to be successful in the course


View an example of online learning expectations from ENG 331.


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