Here are the top five things you may need to successfully participate in your courses: clear communications, internet and device access, knowledge of Canvas, familiarity with creating files for online submission, and a commitment to spend time in your online classes daily.
This resource is intended for students.
Contact your instructors via UWF email or the built-in messaging in Canvas.
- Find out how the instructor is planning to offer a remote access option.
- If you do not have the required technology and access, be proactive in communicating this to your instructor and in finding solutions (see below).
Internet and Device Access
If a face-to-face class is changed to be offered in an online format, consider the following to be prepared.
- Ensure you have access to the Internet.
- Ensure you have access to a computer or a mobile device. This device will need to include:
- Audio - At a minimum, ensure you have speakers and a microphone; however, we recommend a headset or earbuds (with mic).
- Video - Ensure you have a webcam, either built into your computer or an USB webcam.
- Ensure you are getting instructor notifications and announcements by checking your notification preferences in Canvas.
- Communicate with your instructor promptly if you need accommodations in terms of due dates, quiz times, or accessibility concerns.
- If you have an issue or concern with Canvas, consider the following resources:
Online File Submission
- File Types: Most often, you will be asked to submit PDF or Office files. Office 365 and GoogleDocs allow you to save your file as PDF files.
- Argo Apps: More details about how to use ArgoApps
- Tip: Always save your documents before turning them in online. Consider downloading your files to an offline location/your computer as a precaution.
- File Size: There is a 500 MB file size limit per file submitted to Canvas. This comes up when attempting to upload videos directly to Canvas. Therefore, when submitting video files, consider sharing your video via link to a service such as YouTube, G Suite/Drive, or OneDrive.
- Note: Your instructor will need to enable the “link” submission option in order for this to work.
- Daily Check-in: Expect to check your email and Canvas courses daily. Reading announcements and other notifications are crucial to having a successful online experience.
- Time: Expect to spend as much time, if not more time, engaging with your class commitments.
- Synchronous Options: Take advantage of any online office hours offered.
- Communicate: Take the time to promptly communicate via Canvas or email with your professors or classmates if you have questions.
- Ask for feedback or clarification.
- Be open to phone communications.
- See Tips for Effective Communication.
- Support: Before spending too much time on tasks, be sure to reach out for assistance.
- Canvas courses need to be published in order for you to see them. If you cannot see your course on your Canvas dashboard or Courses menu, reach out to your instructor to make sure it has been published.
We recognize that this can be a stressful time for many members of our community. The health and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority and we appreciate your support during this season of learning and teaching. For the latest information at UWF about coronavirus/COVID-19, please visit uwf.edu/coronavirus