This guide provides students with information and resources for using technology to continue participating in class activities remotely, when in-person instruction is disrupted due to an emergency.
Your instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) should update you about which technologies they will use this semester. Please contact your instructors with questions about expectations for participating in class remotely.
Student Affairs is offering limited Student Emergency Funds to support CU Boulder students facing temporary financial hardship due to COVID-19. Learn more and apply for Emergency Funds.
Whether you have applied for a federal grant for technology through the CARES Act and are looking for information on how to spend that money appropriately, or you just want to make sure your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) connectivity meets the minimum standard for remote learning success, these recommendations can help point you in the right direction.
Most Common Types of Internet Connectivity offered in the United States:
Broadband connections are run over a cable infrastructure, i.e. Coaxial Cable, Optical Fiber, and/or Ethernet.
Cellular connections are run over a wireless “cell” infrastructure and are provided by companies like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Base Recommendations for your Internet Service Provider (ISP) of choice:
There are several resources available for students that need assistance getting/upgrading internet access.
CU Boulder Students in a Sprint service area:
Resources in Colorado:
Resources in the United States:
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement is working with units across campus to identify students who do not have computers and wifi hotspots to complete their academic responsibilities. ODECE is working with OIT, Property Services and the Libraries to supply a limited number of refurbished computers and wifi hotspots to students who demonstrate financial need. Please submit a laptop request on behalf of a student if the they lack resources for such hardware.
Visit the Canvas - Student Support page for resources on how to access your courses on Canvas, download the Canvas Student App to access features on your mobile device, and obtain additional help. Your instructor may share course materials with you online including readings, links to external websites, videos, assignments, etc.
The Canvas Student Guide also provides step-by-step how-to’s on various Canvas features your instructors may use in their courses.
Your instructors will let you know which communication tools will be used in their classes, including their expectations for how you will be using each tool.
Reach out to your instructor with questions regarding expectations for participating in class remotely.
Zoom is a web conferencing tool that can be used on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Zoom has a number of helpful features, including screen sharing, chat, recording, annotation and more.
You will need to create an iClicker Reef account to participate in clicker questions during your live online course. Create an iClicker Reef account using your IdentiKey (CU Login) name, @colorado.edu email address, and name as it appears in Canvas. During class, you will need to login to the account, and check in to the course to answer clicker questions using a web browser on your home computer. You can also log in on a tablet or a phone, but you will need to install an app on the device in order to do that.
When attending class or other meetings online, remember these tips to make sure you can hear and be heard:
Behavior and Appearance
Your instructors might have you watch recorded lectures online and will share a link with you via their Canvas course, email, or the class syllabus.
Look for features to adjust playback settings such as slide zoom to focus on the content of a presentation, skip back, playback speed adjustments, search functions, etc. With lecture recordings, you can go back and review concepts and topics that you might have missed or were challenging the first time around.
Your instructor may use PlayPosit, an interactive video tool that allows the addition of questions, text prompts, or images over the video content. Refer to the PlayPosit Knowledge Base for students for information about how to use PlayPosit.
Instructors may use various technologies to simulate in-class discussion and peer interaction. Look out for specific instructions for participating in discussions. If you are unsure, ask for clarification from your instructor.
Your instructors may use the Discussions feature in Canvas to hold asynchronous (or not in real-time) online discussions. Refer to the following tutorials for help with discussions in Canvas:
Canvas Studio allows instructors and students to collaborate using video and audio media. Canvas Studio can be used to facilitate student engagement with one another, with their instructor, and with the content they are learning.
Students can record themselves giving a presentation, practicing a speech, or giving a performance within Canvas Studio. Instructors can share videos they want students to have discussions about as students view the video independently. Videos can be recorded directly in Canvas or uploaded from a local file or YouTube. Once a video is uploaded to Canvas, students can add text comments to videos that appear in a discussion section below the video.
VoiceThread is another tool your instructors may use for asynchronous student discussions. You can contribute to the discussion using text, audio, or video. VoiceThread is also available via the VoiceThread Mobile App.
Your instructors may have you complete and submit assignments online for your courses. Refer to the following tutorials for help with assignments in Canvas:
You can upload different file types to assignments in Canvas including Microsoft Office documents, audio, videos, and Google Docs. Your instructor may specify what file type they require for an assignment.
Your instructors may have you work in groups during online classes and outside of class time.
Check in with your classmates, particularly if you need to collaborate on a project or assignment, on how to best communicate with each other. Exchange contact information and decide on a communication method.
You can view your grades in Canvas. Some instructors may not post all assignments in Canvas, so the grade you see may only reflect assignments posted in Canvas.
Your instructors might require you to take a quiz or exam in Canvas. Review the following tutorials for help:
Instructors may use Proctorio to remotely proctor exams in Canvas. Proctorio allows students to complete an exam remotely, while ensuring the integrity of the exam. Learn more about Proctorio, use the Getting Started Guide for Students to prepare for an exam, and visit the Student FAQ page to learn more.