Tips for Online Learning

Top Ten Ways To Be Successful Learning Remotely

  1. Communicate with your faculty so they know you are engaged
  2. Structure your day just like you were back on campus
  3. Use your class time to review emails from the faculty, work on class readings, participate in any assigned activities
  4. Remote learning can take longer than a typical face to face experience
  5. Turn off “electronic distractions” while engaged in your course work
  6. Clearly communicate to family and friends that you are studying and this is not a great time to be interrupted
  7. Plan ahead by using a calendaring system to update changes to assignments of new expectations for attending or completing lecture materials
  8. Start securing reading materials for end of term projects. It might take longer off-campus than on. Let faculty know if you are struggling to access what you need to complete your project
  9. Be understanding when it takes longer to get a response
  10. Be careful in digital posts. It is easy to misunderstand the intent in digital comments.

Logistics of Online Learning

Classroom Instruction

Classroom instruction will be delivered to you asynchronously and/or synchronously. Asynchronous is a pre-recorded lecture that is posted in Canvas or sent to you via an emailed link. Synchronous class is a Zoom class where everyone connects at the same time online. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to connect over the web through video and audio. Synchronous classes will be during the original timeslot as your face-to-face class.

Connecting to the Zoom class

Professors will provide a URL link for the Zoom class. At the allotted time, click the link and it will take you to the Zoom class. You do NOT need a Zoom account to join a Zoom class. When connecting to your Zoom class, make sure you enter your full name at the prompt. This will be used for attendance by your professor. You are encouraged to review the resources below and become familiar with the Zoom platform.

Technical Requirements for Attending a Zoom class

  • Internet connection
  • A laptop, desktop, tablet, or smart phone
  • A speaker and microphone external or built-in
  • A webcam external or built-in

Zoom Class Netiquette & Expectations

The purpose of the Zoom synchronous sessions is to actively engage with one another in a “face-to face” setting. To ensure that the synchronous Zoom sessions are both productive and enjoyable, you are encouraged to keep your webcams on and mute your microphone if you are not talking. The ideal setting for your sessions would be a quiet, non-disruptive area. Watch this video to learn about Netiquette for Live Sessions


Your professor may choose to use Announcements in Canvas or an email to communicate and/or distribute content. Make sure to turn on your notification settings in Canvas, as well as check your email regularly. 

Students should consult with faculty regarding attendance and participation expectations during this time of unique prolonged remote instruction. All students are expected to comply with course syllabi and should contact their faculty members with questions. If students cannot comply with expectations, they should consult with faculty as soon as possible to make arrangements for missed work. Students should assume that all due dates and course requirements still apply unless otherwise informed by their faculty.


Canvas will most commonly be the method of content delivery, submitting assignments and submitting quizzes. Make sure you are comfortable in navigating Canvas. Watch these videos to get more familiar with Canvas.

10 Tips for Successful Online Group Projects

Working on projects online can be effectively completed with adequate preparation and communication. Please follow these nine tips for participating in group work online.

  1. Utilize Zoom for video conferencing. Set up a recurring meeting with a password that is shared only with group members. Be mindful of time zones and work schedules.
  2. Utilize Box for document sharing. Much like Google Docs, Box allows users to collaborate on projects simultaneously.
  3. Utilize Teams for group collaboration, project management, chat, and so much more!
  4. Align group roles and responsibilities with individual strengths and interests.
  5. Identify what project activities must be accomplished, in what order and by when.
  6. Choose a group leader who is comfortable taking on that role.
  7. Establish clear guidelines around when, where and how your group will communicate with each other.
  8. Schedule extra Zoom meetings closer to project deadlines to address any last minute tasks.
  9. Always be honest, but respectful, in a group. If either the project or a fellow group member is heading down a path you don’t agree with, speak up.
  10. Don't be afraid to talk to your professor. Provide regular group updates, which can then be used to track progress and mediate concerns.