Student Resources for Remote Learning

A website about remote learning would be incomplete and tone deaf if it didn’t recognize the current context in which students are learning. With that in mind, we want our students to know that the Center for Advancement of Teaching stands firm in our commitment to supporting Black lives, both inside and outside of the classroom. We are outraged at the Anti-Blackness, our country's long history of racism, and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against Black people in America. We know that trauma can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. We understand that this is a particularly stressful time–you may be processing racial trauma, out on the front lines advocating for systemic reform efforts, dealing with the stress of the global COVID-19 pandemic, or operating in a less than ideal learning environment due to quarantine. We recognize that these factors are likely affecting everyone’s ability to show up as ourbest academic selves right now, and we also recognize that the compounding effect of dealing with multiple stressors may make this particularly difficult for our Black students and community members.

You probably have a lot of questions and concerns with regard to remote learning, and we hope to address a few of them here and share some tips and resources on how to navigate a remote learning environment. We are all learning together now, and we will all make mistakes and learn from them.

Now, more than ever, we must work together and rely on our UCLA community to help make it through. You are not alone in navigating this process; don’t be afraid to ask for help (see Supportive Services at UCLA below), or advocate for what you feel you need to be successful. The most important thing is that you take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and that you are able to access and participate in your courses in ways that work for you.

We want to assure you that we are working to make your experience with remote learning as smooth as possible and are here to support you with anything you may need. We hope these suggestions and resources will help ease some of your concerns. Please check back often, as we will be adding to this site as additional resources, information, and updates become available.

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Learning in a remote setting has some different challenges from learning in an in-person class. Here are some pointers to help you think about this new challenge:

  • Time management is especially important when you are in a different setting than you’re used to, especially if some of your courses are recorded (asynchronous). You may put them off, knowing you can always get to them later.
    • Setting a schedule for yourself can be very helpful, including not only your academics, but times for other healthy activities like connecting to others and exercising.
  • If possible, it’s useful to create a dedicated space for “classwork.”
    • The space should include a chair and table or desk and good lighting, with as few distractions as possible.
  • When you are in a remote class, whether it is live (synchronous) or recorded (asynchronous), you may be particularly prone to distractions.
    • It is a good practice to turn off notifications.
    • Refrain from social media use during academic time periods.
  • Practice active learning.
    • Ask questions
    • Discuss topics
    • Put forward predictions and suppositions
    • Explain ideas to peers and to the instructor
    • Take lots of notes, and notes on your notes.
  • Stay connected with others.
    • Form study groups, even if the coursework doesn’t call for them.
    • Share notes.
    • Compose shared goals for the working group.
    • Reach out to your instructors to get course-specific information, such as on how they plan to conduct your course, their expectations for class etiquette, and technical requirements you may need. 

More great ideas for learning remotely can be found here:

Adjusting your study habits during COVID, from University of Michigan

Tips for Success When Learning Online, from Virginia Commonwealth University

If you have concerns about the technology needed for remote learning, UCLA has resources available. Below are a few minimum requirements that you may need to get started, as well as where to get assistance for those who need it. Please be sure to consult with your instructor about what sort of equipment and software will be needed for your course. Each course is different. Some may be live (synchronous), some pre-recorded (asynchronous), and some a combination of both.

What equipment and software Might you need? (See below for assistance with equipment)

  • A modern mac or PC laptop (<5 years old) with a working webcam and microphone
  • Many of your courses will be conducted via Zoom. Establish a UCLA Zoom account and download and install Zoom at UCLA.
  • Make sure you can login and use the following UCLA sites from your home workspace with your UCLA Logon:
  • A decent internet connection (good enough for Netflix)

Optional

  • USB headset with microphone for improved audio in Zoom meetings
  • Download and install UCLA VPN (required to access some library resources)

What assistance is available for students? 

Zoom Tutorial for Students

There are a variety of software tools your instructors may be using to conduct classes remotely. You can learn how to use the most common ones at this site: https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/YourCCLE?section=5.

Now that Zoom has become a ubiquitous tool for communicating in and out of class, please follow these guidelines to ensure privacy and avoid disruptions.