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A Simple Suggestion for Reducing First-time Online Student Anxiety

A Simple Suggestion for Reducing First-time Online Student Anxiety

This is a case study of a best-practice suggestion for addressing anxiety among first-time online students. This is a significant problem with many students new to online classes and one that benefits from early intervention. A simple devise for alleviating first-time online student anxiety is presented. Through the use of a Check-in Quiz, first-time online students can be taken on a tour of the class website without the fear and anxiety that typically accompany assignments and exams. This is a simple, low-pressure, and effective way of quickly introducing first-time students to the online class format. The essential elements that make an effective Check-in Quiz are also discussed.

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