Strategies for Remote Learning
Student Resources and Strategies for Remote Course Delivery
The following resources and suggestions for remote learning are designed for students enrolled in online or hybrid courses.
- download the TXST app to ensure you receive the latest information provided by the university
- check The Graduate College's COVID-19 FAQs page and the university's main and COVID-19 pages regularly for updates
- communicate with your instructor if you are having trouble accessing your course remotely. Depending on the issue, your instructor may provide additional information (e.g., assignment instructions, submission guidelines, etc.) or provide information about who to contact, such as ITAC for log-in issues.
- for access problems and other technology-related issues, contact ITAC at firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-245-ITAC (4822), or via the LiveChat
- for a broad variety of tools available to you for remote learning, access ITAC’s Remote Learning and Collaborating Resources for Students and the following technology resources:
- Zoom: visit the Texas State Zoom information page for general Zoom tips. You can also visit the Zoom Help Center for more information. Watch this 1-minute introduction video about how to join a Zoom meeting when your instructor provides a Zoom meeting link.
- Canvas: if your instructor is using the Canvas learning management system for your class, review Texas State's Canvas page and the Canvas Student Guide. Watch the Getting Started with Canvas as a Student video, which provides an overview to Canvas for students. For a full list of useful “how to” videos to introduce students to many functions within Canvas, check out Canvas Video Guides.
- TRACS: if your instructor is using the TRACS learning management system for your class, review the TRACS User Guides and Student Tutorials.
Tips for Success
- watch our previously-recorded Shop Talk on online learning, Toughness Training for Online Success, which was designed for planned online courses but will still be useful for students in this stopgap situation, as well as the following newly added Shop Talks on remote learning:
- adapt successful face-to-face strategies to remote delivery contexts. Consider the following face-to-face strategies that are also important in remote learning contexts:
- create a dedicated study space and routine
- determine the time of day in which you are most efficient. Some people work best in the morning and others late at night. Maximize your productive hours!
- stick to a schedule that you set around your remote course times and assignment dates to keep up with your reading, remote course discussions, and assignment deadlines
- attend virtual office hours and participate in virtual study groups
- time management is key in remote learning contexts as there is often no regular, set class time to structure your work around. Some suggestions include:
- make a plan:
- to-do lists are very helpful
- break larger tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks
- use a calendar or agenda
- schedule when assignments are due, and block off time to work on them
- try not to multi-task while focusing on your remote courses:
- close your email and other distracting web applications
- turn off your phone or try the Forest App to stay focused
- watch our previously-recorded Shop Talk on time management, Where does the time go? Techniques for Time Management in Graduate School
- make a plan:
- connect to other students in your classes and use multiple modes of support. Online and remote courses can sometimes seem like you are the only one in the course, but that is not the instructor’s intent. Take an active role in introducing yourself to others in the class, start virtual study groups, ask questions of your classmates, and in general, think of the ways you would use the support of classmates in a face-to-face class and explore adapting that to remote course delivery.
- check in to your online learning management system (TRACS or Canvas) daily at a minimum. New information can be posted by the instructor at any time
- self-care is extremely important in graduate school, especially during this time of social distancing and remote learning. The following mental wellness resources may be helpful:
- the Counseling Center provides key resources and information including a Summer Webinar Series
- the CDC offers suggestions and resources for managing anxiety and stress in relation to COVID-19 precautions (and stay attuned to CDC's best practices for protecting yourself from the virus)
- the organization Active Minds offers several suggestions for students in higher education during COVID-19-related school closures
Ask for help!
- do not hesitate to ask for help. In classes that have shifted from face-to-face to remote course delivery, there may be questions about class structure. Instructors will understand that there will be more questions than usual, and in cases where they cannot answer a question, they will point you to a campus resource that can help.