With classes being online this semester, we want to provide you with resources to help you thrive in the online world.
Having the proper environment for studying at home, as well as strong time management skills will allow you to transition to remote learning more easily. CITL has prepared these helpful quick guides with tips to help you be successful:
Introduction to Learning Online
Memorial has a wealth of resources to support your online learning experience. Did you know that memorial is a leader in online learning? As such, Memorial is ready to administer the online delivery of courses and programs for Memorial. Learn about the difference between a remotely delivered course and a fully online course, how to be a successful online student and more. CITL is there to assist you with every step.
What's the Difference Between Learning Remotely and Completing a Fully Online Course?
Course offerings at Memorial are as diverse as the faculty who teach them. While each experience will be different, Memorial is working very hard to ensure that you have a good learning experience. Each instructor will use instructional strategies that best align with their teaching style and how they can best help you learn the content.
Fully online courses are designed and developed to be delivered in an online learning environment, whereas remote courses are being prepared in response to not being able to attend face-to-face courses on campus. This does not mean that they will not be meaningful experiences. Your instructors will share with you early in the course their expectations for your participation and how to complete the course material.
For more information,
CITL has prepared a great resource on the difference between a remote and online course.
Synchronous versus Asynchronous
Based on the Oxford Dictionary, synchronous means to exist or occur at the same time, and asynchronous means two or more objects or events not existing or happening at the same time.
In the context of learning remotely, some faculty may schedule synchronous sessions which would require you to be in the virtual learning environment at the same time they are. Generally speaking, these sessions would be scheduled in advance, and when you register there would be a notation included that outlines when/if you are expected to be online at set times throughout the semester.
If your professor chooses to delivery asynchronously, then you can will have to be responsible to schedule your own time to devote to your studies in the course. The content could be presented in all, or some, of the following ways - Instructor notes, library readings, lecture recordings, or other resources. Even if a professor chooses to primarily teach asynchronously, they may also schedule some synchronous sessions throughout the term as office hours, review sessions, etc..
This section will provide you with information on the online tools you’ll be using in your first semester at Memorial. This includes an introduction to our learning management system, Brightspace (where you are right now!), and the supports and resources available online. You’ll see that no matter where you are while you’re studying, you’re always connected to campus!
Brightspace is Memorial's Learning Management System and is used in the delivery of online, on-campus, and now remote, courses. Through a Brightspace course site, you can connect with instructors, submit assignments, complete quizzes, and participate in discussions.
In the following series of videos, you will learn how to access and navigate your Brightspace course site, how to use course tools to complete tasks and some helpful tips and resources for learning online.
Introduction to Brightspace
Whether you are studying in-person, online, or remotely, you will likely be using Brightspace to access important information such as your course syllabus, class notes and other learning materials. Watch the first video for an introduction to Brightspace, the home of the online components of your courses.
The Brightspace Homepage
Brightspace Course Tour
The final video in the series will give you a tour of a sample Brightspace course and provide an overview of how to use course tools, including navigating course content, submitting an assignment, completing a quiz and other helpful tips.
We also have access to other workshare platforms such as Microsoft Teams, and Google Drive. Below are a few videos to get you acquainted with these platforms.