Below are links to tips, tools and strategies to support University of Toronto Mississauga students to learn from anywhere.
For additional support with your online learning, please submit a ticket to the UTM Information & Instructional Technology Services.
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We care about your transition to the University of Toronto Mississauga online/remote environment and want to ensure you have the information and access to resources to support your learning. Some initial tips are below (adapted with permission from the U. of T. Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation):
1. Consider your study space. How might you optimize it?
- Focus on what you need to benefit your learning process.
- While in the online class environment, please ensure that your notifications are muted.
2. What changes has your Course Instructor made in transitioning to online/remote teaching?
- Check in often with your course home page, discussion boards, announcements and inbox.
- Investigate everything your Instructor has made available.
- Ensure you’ve turned on your Quercus notifications.
- Check if your Instructor is offering virtual office hours.
3. Explore and prepare to use the different interfaces being used in your courses (e.g. Quercus, Bb Collaborate, Zoom, etc.).
- If you can, try out connections in advance of lectures and meetings.
- Information regarding hardware and software configurations that are compatible
- Quercus Basic Troubleshooting
- Bb Collaborate Help for Participants and Bb Collaborate Participant Support
- NOTE: It is recommended that students only use computer audio for Bb Collaborate and not a telephone to avoid long distance charges.
- Zoom Help Centre and Zoom Troubleshooting
- NOTE: It is recommended that students only use computer audio for Zoom and not a telephone to avoid long distance charges.
- Information regarding accessibility features
4. Stay on track with both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) lectures
- Try adhering to your previous schedule and include routine and mini-deadlines for times to complete coursework.
- Use the video lecture control features that are available to suit your learning preferences (e.g., pause, repeat, forward/progress).
- Utilize your existing time management and planning system. Consider using the Quercus calendar, including tasks and reminders.
5. You will benefit from interacting with people in your classes
- Find out how to ask questions (e.g., raise your hand virtually, use the chat function, etc.).
- Quercus Groups: If you have been placed into a group for your course, you can communicate with your peers from inside your Group space using Discussions, Announcements, and Pages. To learn more: Group Tool: Student View.
- You might encourage your Instructor to open a discussion on Quercus or set up a session in Bb Collaborate that students can join.
Resources to further support you and your learning
Office of the Vice-Provost Students:
- UTM Student Services (e.g., Recreation, Athletics & Wellness, Centre for Student Engagement, Health & Counselling Centre)
- Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre: provides a range of online programming, including one-on-one appointments for support with writing, study skills, and math.
- UTM Library virtual support
- Visit Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto Mississauga
- Assignment Calculator: to help you plan your work, stay on track, and meet your deadline
- For immediate, off-campus support
Office of the Registrar
- Visit the Office of the Registrar website for the most recent information regarding their services.
The UTM Student Test Practice Module is intended to serve two purposes: 1) help UTM students access campus resources that can help them prepare for online assignments / tests; 2) provide UTM students with an opportunity to practice online assignment submission / test-taking skills. It was developed together with a number of UTM campus partners to support students.
UTM Students can access this UTM resource using the link below. Select the Enroll in Course button and following the instructions to self-enroll: