Getting Started

Getting Started

Treat distance learning like on-campus learning

Have materials ready

Example: Computer, reliable internet access, books/notes, check sound on computer, headphones, webcam, and/or microphone that work on your computer. 

Practice with your equipment before class. 

Consider the speed of your internet access. If you have multiple individuals working on the same wireless connection, you may need to stagger high-volume tasks like video streaming.

  • If you do not have access to your textbook, contact your faculty. Certain textbook publishers have made more textbooks available online. Check out Vital Source or Red Shelf for more information. 

If you have accommodations, discuss your approved accommodations with your professor and how they might be implemented in this remote instruction situation. Contact the LAC-DS for assistance as needed!

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Have a set schedule and time you “meet” with your class

Some professors may hold synchronous classes, requiring you to log in during a scheduled class time. Consider time zone differences when making your schedule. 

If your professors are creating asynchronous classes, which will require you to complete assigned work before a due date, create a scheduled time to work on course content and review lectures and course materials.

Remember, the Wake Forest University Honor Code still applies in remote instruction learning environments. Talk to your faculty about their expectations for academic integrity in this new instructional environment, especially regarding any assessments or assignments you may complete. 

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Read the Syllabus, Again! 

Professors may have changed the syllabus to accommodate this shift to remote instruction.
Note changes in deadlines or how to submit projects, papers, or completion of tests.

Other things to consider:

  • What is the best way to contact your professor? How will they hold office hours remotely?
  • If you are in a lab or experiential learning, will this be changed in a remote instruction environment?

Eliminate distractions and create a good learning space

Create your own “classroom” space free of distractions 

Limit social media – put away phone, don’t surf the internet, consider distraction blocking software.

Check out these resources for information

Be in a place where you can listen and respond to lectures or discussions as needed. Use headphones if you will be working around others.

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Turn on notifications

Turning on notifications for Canvas, Sakai, and your email may be helpful to make sure you do not miss important communications 

Check your email a few times a day so you do not miss any updates from professors