Learning online can be quite different than attending a face-to-face class. The tips and strategies listed here will help you to make the most of your online learning experience while keeping on track with your studies and coursework.
Principles for remote learning
Familiarize yourself with the following online etiquette expectations for students and instructors.Netiquette
Online learning doesn't mean that you learn alone
Set aside time to interact and make connections with others
Remember the human
Err on the formal side when communicating with your instructor
Invest in your health
Assignments and group projects
Whether you're working on research papers, lab reports, or group projects, carefully read your professor's instructions. If you're having difficulty understanding the instructions, don't be shy about asking your professor or TA for clarification.
It's important to note assignment due dates in your calendar. To make the process go more smoothly, list all of the tasks you need to complete (for example, choosing a topic, finding articles, or creating a thesis statement). Then, estimate how long each task will take and note who can help you along the way, such as librarians or writing tutors. Finally, plan to spread the completion of these tasks out over time so that you aren't rushed!
Privacy and copyright
Learn how to better protect your privacy during live online sessions and more about the copyright of your content and coursework.
Privacy during live online classes
In some classes, there may be live (synchronous) sessions where everyone gathers online at the same time. Your instructor may ask that you have your video on during these sessions. Check your syllabus for information about your instructor’s expectations.
How to set up your workspace and technology in ways that help protect your privacy
- Preview what people will see when you turn on your camera.
- Use a software-generated background, keeping in mind that this uses more bandwidth.
- Set up a sheet or screen behind you to block the view of your home environment.
Copyright and class material
Student-created content and coursework
Any video or work created and posted by you as part of your class belongs to you. Your permission is required for your material to be shared or used outside your class.
Some live (synchronous) sessions may be recorded so you and your classmates can view and review in Canvas or Blackboard. This is to ensure that students who aren’t able to join can view at a later time. If you have concerns about this, please contact your instructor. More information about class recordings can be found in the Academic Courses Policy.
Ownership of content posted in your course
Remember that course recordings and other content (including videos) shared in your classes are protected by copyright. Do not download, copy or share without the explicit permission of your instructor or the copyright holder such as another student in your class. See the Academic Courses Policy for more information.
Ask for help
We are here to help you transition to remote learning.