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How to Be Prepared for Online / Remote Learning

With COVID-19 on the spread and all of us trying to do our best to stay home and flatten the curve, you may now find yourself jumping into the world of online or remote learning. Don't panic...you are strong, smart, and ready to Move Mountains. You've got this. But, in case you're feeling a little nervous, we have collected the best tips to help you prepare for online/remote learning. 

  1. Treat it like a regular, in-person course. 
    This means you need to schedule time to read the material, watch videos, participate in online class discussions, and complete assignments and/or exams. If you've been attending in-person classes until now, and you are able, consider using the same times you had slotted for your in-person class. This will help keep you on track for success. Or login every day for shorter periods of time. Figure out what works best for you and adjust if what you're doing isn't working.
  2. Make sure you have a reliable internet connection and technology.
    Make sure you have a computer, tablet, or smart phone that you can rely on and that your connection to the internet is stable. 

    Internet Essentials from Comcast offers affordable high-speed internet to qualified students. You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs like National School Lunch, SNAP, housing assistance, Medicaid, SSI and others. Apply by calling Comcast at 1.855.8.INTERNET (1.855.846.8376) or at internetessentials.com.
  3. Participate.
    Make sure you are participating in online discussions. You may find people with the same questions as you, answers to your questions, or tips to help you get through. Plus, it is usually a part of your grade.
  4. Schedule yourself.
    Whether you are taking one or multiple courses, you need to create a schedule (okay...a bit of a repeat, but because it is vital). Set reminders for yourself. Build a calendar online or a paper version, whatever keeps you on track the best. 
  5. Create your ideal workspace.
    Get distracted easily? Create a space that will keep you free from distraction and keep you focused on getting your work done. You may find it tempting to binge that Netflix show or just do a quick load of laundry, but these things can break your concentration and keep you from your ultimate productivity levels. Find somewhere comfy and conducive to working.
  6. Get to know D2L.
    You'll likely be getting super familiar with D2L with your new virtual world. And other services like Zoom, WebEx, Google, etc. Embrace the technology and find the tutorials that can help you. We offer great resources from our eLearning staff to help you get to know D2L and its features. eLearning will also be hosting orientation sessions to help you get up-to-speed quickly and answer your questions. Learn more on our Online Education Support page.

    D2L will work on any device (though it works best in Chrome and Firefox). If you need help contact lee [dot] christopher [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or for login help, contact the 24/7 helpdesk at 888.800.9198.
  7. Build your peer support system. 
    Just because you don't physically see them, doesn't mean you can't get help and support your classmates. You can add that you can find a Study Buddy for your course in the Navigate App. Or schedule study sessions via phone, FaceTime, Google Duo, Zoom, WebEx, Facebook Messenger video, etc. This will help you stay on track in your class and get the support you need, as well as helping you feel connected in this time of isolation. 
  8. Communicate!
    If you are having technology issues, need help understanding material, or other needs, communicate with your instructor. They are here to help you succeed. Email, call, or video chat with your instructor. They can't help you if you aren't communicating to them the issues that are in your way. We're all in this together, so don't hesitate to reach out.
  9. Get extra help if you need it.
    We offer online tutoring options that you can access from the main page in D2L through TutorMe. Plus, your course may have additional options. Ask your instructor for ideas.
  10. Take care of yourself. 
    While your world is going virtual and getting a bit smaller, don't forget to take care of yourself. Take a walk (practicing social distancing, of course), do some yoga, meditate, try to eat right, and be compassionate toward yourself and others. It's a stressful time and everything is changing every day. Be kind. 

Hopefully this has you feeling better about online/remote learning. Here are a few resources that can help you during this time:

  • Dean of Students Office: Get help with getting access to technology, housing, food, or other concerns. 
  • eLearning: Get help with D2L, online learning strategies and technology.
  • Student Access Services: Get help with accommodations for your courses.
  • 24/7 helpdesk: Call them at 888.800.9198 for additional help with D2L and technology issues.

We know you can do this! Let's Move Mountains!

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