Being successful in the online learning environment
The learning environment has changed and you may find that your prior, tried-and-true strategies for engaging in instruction and learning need some backup. This site is designed to help you reflect on how what works for you and how your strengths can translate into the online environment. There is also information on building new skills and strategies to support your ongoing learning and development.
Preparing to Learn Online
Computing Services has prepared a Remote Learning Guide for Students. This resource offers technology guidance for attending classes, completing your coursework and accessing university resources from a remote location. Topics include:
- Securing Your Devices and Data
- Attending Classes and Sharing Files
- Accessing Your Work
Successfully Learning Online
REMOTE CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE
Successfully Learning Online
Well, this is different!: Acknowledging and addressing the change
It is important to reflect on this transition and disruption. Psychologist Dr. Nancy Schlossberg would characterize COVID-19 as an event that has caused an “unanticipated” transition in her foundational work on Transition Theory. Unanticipated transitions have unique challenges because “there is little to no opportunity to prepare and decisions are being made in less than ideal situations.” (Anderson, Goodman, Schlossberg, 2011, p. 42). Schlossberg’s Transition Theory is a useful framework to consider and take stock of your support system and resources as you navigate this new terrain. Download this summary [doc] or explore this important work.
How can I access the library resources? The answer: We are still here!
You can connect to most databases and e-resources remotely using your Andrew ID and password, and you will be prompted automatically to log in when needed. Some materials may require use of campus VPN. See these instructions for guidance.
The library created this online document to help you navigate as you continue your studies online.
Don’t they know I am studying? Managing being a student at home
Here are some recommended resources to get you started! We will keep updating this list and feel free to share your suggestions!
- Tips for Remote Working (curated by the GSA)
(Login through Google using your CMU credentials)
- Rice University: Tips for Learning During Disruption [slide]
- Cornell University- Learning During COVID-19 [pdf]
- Princeton University- Engaging and Learning Online
- Harvard University- Learning Online Tips
- Northeastern University- Tips for Online Students
How will I get through this? Being well is foundation to doing well
We all know this but it bears repeating- your wellbeing is foundational to successfully achieving your goals. Psychologist Martin Seligman offers an acronym, P-E-R-M-A, that represents the five core components of wellbeing.
- POSITIVE EMOTIONS are essential to being optimistic.
- ENGAGE in activities that bring calm, focus, and joy.
- RELATIONSHIPS matter.
- MEANING is essential to grounding your work and life in something bigger than the self.
- ACCOMPLISHMENTS are the results of realistic goal-setting and push ourselves forward.