Prepare to transition to a new learning environment by focusing on three key areas. Prioritize your health, and care for your physical and mental well-being. Stay engaged with your courses, and communicate with your instructors regularly. Familiarize yourself with key tools such as Canvas and Zoom, and make sure you can access these resources on the devices available to you in your current location.
Know your context
Your health and safety should be your top priority. Take a moment to check in with your physical health – take proper precautions washing your hands and cleaning your devices, and seek care if you are ill. Don't forget to consider your emotional well-being. We know that transitioning to a new learning environment is a big adjustment. Make sure you have the technology you need to access your courses and a stable internet connection. Know where to go if you need help, and communicate any needs or limitations to your instructor.
Know your classes
Organize your schedule. Dedicate time for each of your classes, and be prepared to attend live class sessions via Zoom if required. Check Canvas, your syllabus and your email for details from your instructors on upcoming assignments, testing changes and other course expectations. Expect ongoing changes, and be patient with your instructors – and with yourself – as we all adjust to a new learning environment.
Know your tools
Locate the tools you need to access your courses online. Familiarize yourself with Canvas and Zoom, and make sure you can access these resources on your devices – preferably a laptop, tablet or desktop computer. Your phone will work for checking email and Canvas announcements, and you can use it to attend Zoom meetings, but it should not be your main device for accessing your courses. If you are concerned that you may not have the technology or internet access you need to participate in your classes, communicate directly with your instructor to work out an action plan.