Students may take up to 6 credit hours during Winter Term. Registering for a lecture
course and the lab is considered as two separate courses.
A course taken in Winter Term cannot serve as pre-requisite for a course a student
wishes to take in the spring semester.
On dates the University is closed for year-end holidays, students will have limited,
online access to D2L support and support from other campus offices. University holidays
are observed on December 25, 2023 and Jan. 1, 2024.
Winter Term Checklist
Welcome to the Winter Term! Stay organized and on task in the term by using the Winter
Term Checklist. The checklist provides the steps you need to complete to begin the
Watch this video to learn how to confirm your winter term courses.
Winter Term Resources
Students frequently find that they need various forms of assistance during winter
term. The following list highlights some of the departments that may support you throughout
your experience at APSU. If you do not see what you need, try searching the A to Z index or contact Distance Education for direction.
Please remember to check business hours as the university is closed some dates for
Winter Term courses are delivered online through the D2L Brightspace learning management system. Specific methods and approaches will vary across programs
and courses so it is important to understand the expectations from the professor (this
means read the syllabus!) and to reach out with any questions. Free online tutoring is available for several courses during Winter Term. The Winter Term website and the Winter Term Student Checklist are also good resources. Below are the Top 10 Tips to help students be successful
during Winter Term:
Stay connected. Regularly check your APSU email and D2L pages for your courses. Log in daily to check
emails and to see if there are any updates or work due in your courses. You can access
these through AP Onestop.
Reach out to your professor if you have questions or need clarification. Let the professor
know who you are and which course you are in - many professors teach more than one
course. Be patient as it may take some time for the professor to be able to respond.
Find a dedicated work space. Your workspace should be quiet and free from distractions. Do not try to multitask.
An ideal work space is somewhere that you can sit comfortably but also stay alert
(desk, table, counter, etc.) and have room to spread out your needed materials (computer/laptop,
textbook, notes, pens/pencils, etc.)
Set a schedule and stick with it. Create a schedule for course work (viewing lectures, reading assigned chapters/articles,
working on assignments and projects, etc.) and stay dedicated to working on course
work during those chosen hours. Make a list of all of your assignments and exams,
including deadlines (on paper or in a digital format - whatever works best for you
is fine). Do not procrastinate - Winter Term goes quickly!
Communicate additional consideration needs to your professor. You need to tell your professor if there is anything happening that will impact your
ability to complete your course work so that you can work together to find a solution.
While the professor may be limited in how much they can adjust assignments and exams
since Winter Term is short, they may be able to offer a different solution or refer
you to a person or department that can better help. (Examples of additional considerations:
medical appointments that cannot be rescheduled, physical or mental illness, family
needs, slow/low internet connections, limited access to a computer or needed device,
etc. - while some of these can be avoided with foresight, sometimes unforeseen circumstances
Think ahead and do not wait until the last minute. Read the syllabus and ensure you understand the required materials and online tools
for the course. If you need a textbook or reading materials, make sure you have them
prior to the start of your course. If you have to use an online tool such as D2L or Zoom, log in to make sure your APSU ID and password are working or if you do not have
the needed software (i.e. Zoom) then install it and ensure you can log in prior to
the start of a lecture or course. If you need accommodations through Student Disability Resource Center then make sure you understand and follow their process. There are many online resources for APSU students.
Prepare for the unexpected. There may be bumps and hurdles along the way as you adjust to Winter Term. Learn
and grow from your experiences. Perhaps you are planning on completing an assignment
after work, but get home and your internet is out so you are unable to access the
needed information on D2L. How would you handle this unexpected situation?
Stay positive and be proactive. If you experience any issues then see if you can find a solution, if not then reach
out for support. An example would be if you were assigned an article to read but the
link posted in D2L is broken/does not work - what could you do to solve this problem?
You could access the APSU library database to search for the article, reach out to classmates to see if anyone has
a PDF that they could email you, or email the professor to let them know the link
Take care of your mental health. Be aware of your needs. Set aside time for self-care during your daily schedule.
It is important to save time for yourself whether it is reading a book, going for
a walk, relaxing with a bath, working out, calling a friend, meditating, cooking,
or whatever works for you to help manage stress - make sure you are taking care of
yourself. See the APSU Health and Counseling Center website for more resources.
Be patient. Winter Term can become overwhelming if you are under prepared or do not understand
expectations. Ensure you take the time to set yourself up for success. Utilize these
tips and resources. In addition, you can discuss your Winter Term plan with your family,
friends, and support network so they understand the commitment you are making and
how they can best support you.