Remote Learning Resources
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TAEC Learning Specialists
Learning Specialists are available for 30-minute appointments to chat or video conference about strategies to adjust to remote learning and enhance your academics. Click the button above to schedule an appointment. Learning Specialist appointments will now be conducted via phone or a Microsoft Teams video chat.
TAEC Info Desk Chat
Not finding the answers to your questions? Connect with our Info Desk Staff through Microsoft Teams via the button above. Support is available 9am-5pm (PST) Monday – Friday.
For campus-wide resources for students experiencing challenges with remote learning, please see the UO Remote Resources for Students page.
For support with remote Canvas see UO Online.
The Information Services Technology Service Desk (Tech Desk) is committed to supporting University-affiliated students, faculty, and staff with their computing needs. Access their live chat 8am–10pm PST
Our colleagues at the University of Michagan has these tips to adjust your study strategies.
TAEC wants to offer as much support for students as possible, so to assist you in enhancing your skills and habits for academic success, we are excited to offer the following workshops.
- Managing Your Time Under Quarantine
Friday, April 10th, 1-1:50pm (PST)
Find effective scheduling techniques and organizational strategies to prioritize to-dos, beat deadlines, and rebalance your life.
Missed the live workshop? Watch a 10-minute recap on Panopto!
- Staying Focused while Learning from Home
Friday, April 24th, 1-1:50pm (PST)
Discover techniques that can help you reduce distractions, organize academic materials, and improve concentration.Missed the live workshop? Watch a 6-minute recap on Panopto!
Topic: Maintaining Motivation while Facing Uncertainty
Friday, May 8th, 1-1:50pm (PST)
Learn strategies for strengthening motivation and developing resilience even when the future seems unclear.
- Topic: Preparing for Online Finals
Friday, May 22nd, 1-1:50pm (PST)
Ease stress and maximize success during final exam week by developing a solid, manageable plan for organizing your time, materials, and study methods.
Missed the live workshop? Watch a 4-minute recap on Panopto!
Workshops from Campus Partners – open to all students:
- Navigating our New Normal: Creative Strategies for Maximizing Remote Learning and Working from Home
Tuesday, April 21st, 3-4:00pm (PDT), Wednesday, May 13th, 10-11am (PDT)
Join the Accesible Education Center for an hour-long, interactive workshop to discuss a wide range of creative strategies for navigating our “new normal” in the face of coronavirus (time-management, motivation, getting started, building healthy routines/creating structure, balancing screen time, and setting up the in-home work environment for success)!
- Self-Compassion in Times of Uncertainty
Tuesday, April 29th, 4-5:00pm (PDT), Thursday, May 28th, 12-1pm (PDT)
Join the Accesible Education Center to explore the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself especially in challenging, uncertain, and unpredictable times. We will learn about the three core elements of self-compassion and we will practice with the support of an exercise and a guided meditation.
- The Art of Fishing: How to get the Answers You Need
Wednesdays, May 6th, 2-3:30pm (PDT), Wednesday, May 20th, 2-3:30pm (PDT)
Have you ever felt lost in a ocean of possible resources and information? This workshop will include tips, tricks and the power of asking effective questions, how to pose your questions to increase the amount of helpful answers you get, and how to put those answers to work in a way which is most beneficial for you.
Now more than ever, keeping yourself organized and on time is going to be an important factor in being successful in a remote class. Need assistance in adjusting your time management strategies? Schedule a check in with a TAEC Learning Specialist!
TAEC also encourages students to perform a Time Audit. Are you spending time in the most efficient manner? Are there ways to condense and streamline your schedule? Check out the Interactive Time Audit spreadsheet (Excel) and then connect with a Learning Specialist to discuss ways to adjust your weekly schedule.
- Note major deadlines: Identify when major projects, exams, homework deadlines, and participation in online discussions are due. Build them into your own calendaring system.
- Set your own schedule: Try setting a weekly schedule. Allot time to “attend” lecture, complete readings, tackle homework, study, and watch videos. Use applications that can send you reminders (calendar or reminder apps on your computer or phone would be useful) to stay on track.
- Chunk your time: It is easy to get lost in working on assignments. Try to break your work time into smaller pieces so you spend a specific amount of time working on any one part of a course before moving to something new.
- Reflect on your process: Check in with yourself periodically to determine if your time management is working. Make adjustments as needed.
Working remotely means changing how and where you tackle your course work and tasks. Here are some suggestions as you build out your space:
- Where work happens: Create a space that is conducive to your learning style. What furniture and equipment do you need to work at your best? As much as possible, build your work space to enable your success.
- Eliminate distractions: Consider what causes your distractions the most. Turn off or silence notifications from your cell phone and use focusing applications to keep you from wandering to social media or other sites/applications. The following applications might be helpful: Freedom, ColdTurkey, StayFocusd (Chrome), or Leechbox (Firefox).
- Locate the necessities: Be sure to have access to power for your device, internet connectivity, headphones (useful for listening to lectures/discussions when in a shared space), and textbook/readings.
- Keep it organized: Consider how you store and retrieve both digital and physical readings, papers, and related materials for your studies. Digital file structures (organized folders, clearly labeled) can assist in quick retrieval when needed. Keeping physical notes, seperated by course, allows for space to annotate, re-work examples, pose directed questions, and provide clarifying details.
Being remote does not mean you are alone! Here are ways you can stay connected in our new virtual life:
- Email: Stay connected with your professors, advisers, and fellow students. Email is a great tool for longer communication and questions that require more time to answer. Think about the message you want to send when writing an email – Tufts University has good guidlines to follow.
- Canvas/online discussion: Actively participate in online discussions for your remote class. These discussions keep you actively engaged in the course and can lead to new personal connections and insight to the course. As you engage with your classmates, you deepen your knowledge and help other students relate to the course material.
- Academic Support: TAEC academic support will continue in Spring 2020. See our Remote Tutoring Support page for up-to-date offerings.
- Advising: Remote UO Academic Advising is available to all students. See the Academic Advising page on how to connect with advisers remotely.
- Campus Operations: Stay informed about how the UO is reponding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Being remote does not mean letting go of basic etiquette principles; in fact, they become more important! Here are resources to help you present yourself in remote environments:
- Some guidance to help you navigate through this new virtuality – thanks to our colleagues in CURE
- How to Look Your Best on Webcam (New York Times – March 25, 2020) [pdf to download]