Remote Learning Guidance for Students

Last Updated: 05/27/2020

This guide provides students with information and resources for using technology to continue participating in class activities remotely, when classroom instruction is disrupted due to an emergency.

General Guidance 

Your instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) should update you about which technologies they will use for teaching if classroom instruction is temporarily suspended. Please contact your instructors with questions about expectations for participating in class remotely.

Accessing Your Courses on Canvas

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.

Communicating with Your Instructor

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.

Communication using Canvas

Attending Class Remotely

Reach out to your instructor with questions regarding expectations for participating in class remotely. Check the Classes: Student Information webpage for updates and FAQs about classes at CU Boulder.


iClicker Reef

Tips for Remote Participation

Watching Online Lectures

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.

Interactive videos in PlayPosit

Participating in Discussions

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.

Canvas Discussions


Completing Assignments in Canvas

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.

Taking a Quiz or Exam




Conducting Group Work

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.

Checking Your Grades in Canvas

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.

Get Help 

  • For general questions about teaching and learning tools supported by OIT, please contact the IT Service Center at or 303-735-4357. 
  • Check the Help Menu in Canvas for student resources such as 24X7 online chat support, Canvas guides, and more.