Instructor Resource to Help Students: 5 Tips for Students
Supporting Your Online/Remote Learning
Instructors and Learning Strategists care about your transition to the University of Toronto online/remote environment and want to assist you in your learning during these challenging times. More detailed support and services are embedded in this document.
1. Consider your study space. How might you optimize it?
- Minimize distractions by using website blocking or focus apps.
- Log out of your social media accounts while you attend your online classes or do your school work.
- Tips on concentration, time management and motivation.
2. What changes has your Course Instructor made in transitioning to online/remote teaching?
- Check in often with your course home page, discussion boards, announcements and inbox.
- Investigate everything your Instructor has made available.
- Ensure you’ve turned on your Quercus notifications.
- Check if your Instructor is offering virtual office hours.
3. Explore the different interfaces being used in your courses (e.g. Quercus, Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom, etc.)
- If you can, try out connections in advance of lectures and meetings.
- To find help.
4. Stay on track with both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) lectures
- Try adhering to your previous schedule and include routine and mini-deadlines for times to complete coursework.
- Use the video lecture control features that are available to suit your learning preferences (e.g., pause, repeat, forward/progress).
- Utilize your existing time management and planning system. Consider using the Quercus calendar, including tasks and reminders.
5. You will benefit from interacting with people in your classes
- Find out how to ask questions (e.g., raise your hand virtually, use the chat function, etc.).
- You might encourage your Instructor to open a discussion on Quercus or set up a session in Blackboard Collaborate that students can join.
- Quercus Groups: If you have been placed into a group for your course, you can communicate with your peers from inside your Group space using Discussions, Announcements, and Pages. To learn more: Group Tool: Student View.
- Seek help: instructors are interested in hearing from you. You’re likely not the only student with a question.
Resources to further support your learning
- Learning Strategist 1:1 appointments. Login to CLNx (then Appointments/Academic Success).
- Themed Discussions on learning skills: group chats facilitated by a Learning Strategist. Students’ questions drive the agenda. Login to CLNx (then Events and Workshops (St. George)/Academic Success).
- Graduate Writing Groups are running virtually. Register at email@example.com. Full details can be found online.
- For recent changes in Student Life services (e.g., Academic Success, Health and Wellness)
- Visit Accessibility Services:
For Assignments and Essays
- Assignment Calculator: to help you plan your work, stay on track, and meet your deadline
- Writing Centres
- Libraries offer virtual support
- For immediate, off-campus support