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laptop, cell phone, notepad, ink pen and a mug full of coffee, all on a deskBeing 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.

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

Remote Learning Guide for Students

Making the move to the digital classroom isn’t as easy as it sounds – even for experienced students. Start your path to success by dodging these common mistakes.


Successfully Learning Online

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.

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.

Here are some recommended resources to get you started!  We will keep updating this list and feel free to share your suggestions!

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.

  1. POSITIVE EMOTIONS are essential to being optimistic.
  2. ENGAGE in activities that bring calm, focus, and joy.
  3. RELATIONSHIPS matter.
  4. MEANING is essential to grounding your work and life in something bigger than the self.
  5. ACCOMPLISHMENTS are the results of realistic goal-setting and push ourselves forward.