Keep Learning

Introduction

Learning during an unexpected disruption to face-to-face classes requires flexibility and adaptability. When your instructor must put your course online quickly, you will likely need to develop new practices to ensure you stay engaged and participate actively in your courses. Learning online may require you to use new technologies, new practices, and to be flexible as your instructor, your fellow students, and you communicate and engage with the learning process and each other in different ways. 

Updates

Please visit UF COVID-19 Updates for the latest university information.

To ensure privacy and security, please install the latest Zoom Client, and follow the security recommendations provided on the Keep Zoom Secure site.

Additional Resources

Adobe Cloud temporary (free) subscription for students and faculty.

UF Writing Studio offers online consultation.

Resources for Internet Connectivity.


Recommendations for students

Communicate

  • Stay connected to your instructors and peers through daily communications, such as announcements, discussions, email, web conferencing, and social media. Check the syllabus or announcements for virtual office hours.

Stay Engaged

  • For the most up to date information on the status of courses, refer to the FAQ for students on the UF COVID-19 Updates site.
  • Your instructor may utilize UF’s Canvas e-Learning platform or tools hosted outside of Canvas to continue teaching. Login to e-Learning in Canvas to look for your courses unless your instructor has given you other instructions. 
  • If you previously used UFApps you will still do so. Most applications that are available in UF’s libraries and computer labs are also available there. 
  • If you need to use UF Libraries online resources, you will have to connect with the VPN software off-campus. 

Your instructor may ask you to participate in a virtual synchronous conference through a platform such as Zoom. Plan to have access to a microphone, speaker, and webcam. In cases of slow internet connectivity, you can participate through your phone (audio only) by joining the Zoom meeting via a telephone number.

Stay Focused and Well

  • Plan to study in a location with minimal distractions and schedule regular time to work on your courses like you would if you needed to attend an in-person class.
  • Schedule your coursework to make sure that you maintain a healthy sleep schedule and time for regular meals. Take regular screen breaks.

Ask for Help

  • If you encounter technical difficulties, reach out to the UF Computing Help Desk right away to troubleshoot. If the problem cannot be fixed immediately, notify your instructor and provide them with the Help Desk ticket number. 
    • By completing assignments early when possible, you might avoid turning in late work due to technical problems. 
  • If an assignment is unclear, don’t be afraid to reach out to your instructor to ask for clarification on instructions or grading criteria. Check the syllabus to find your instructor’s preferred method of communication. 
  • If you are struggling with coursework, your classmates and peers can be a great resource. Make sure you understand what work your instructor requires to be done independently to maintain academic honesty. 

Transitions can be stressful. Both U Matter We Care the UF Counseling and Wellness Center continue to be available to assist UF students.