Know your tools
Learn how to protect your classes in Zoom. Students need to take two fairly simple steps to ensure seamless access to classes.
To make sure you’re ready to participate in online classes at UT, visit this Canvas course to check equipment, tools, and related applications. For additional assistance with equipment and technology, contact the ITS Service Desk.
Online Tools and Resources
- Canvas: Learn more about using Canvas here.
- Zoom: Find Zoom tutorials, read about UT Austin support for Zoom, or learn how to get started with Zoom.
- Proctorio: Testing with Proctorio? Find test-taker information in the Proctorio Student Guide, and additional information here.
- Troubleshooting: How can I check my equipment?
Summer Learning at UT Austin! Our campus is virtual these days, and so are many of the helpful university resources that students need to succeed while online learning, such as access to special services and technology assistance.
Summer Semester Online Classes
The University of Texas at Austin has moved all summer classes to an online format for the Summer 2020 term. Registration for summer begins on April 8 and continues through April 27. In addition to regular course offerings, the university has also developed new courses for Summer 2020. For a complete list of summer courses, please visit the Registrar website. Students who have questions about specific summer courses toward their degree plan should contact their advisor.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Your health, safety, and well-being are the university’s top priorities. Stay healthy by getting:
- Adequate rest
- Nutrition and
Look after your emotional well-being by monitoring your self-talk and staying positive.
Have What You Need
- Do you have access to the technology you need for online learning?
- At a minimum, you need a reliable computer and internet access.
- Let your instructor know as soon as possible if you are having trouble accessing online materials and clearly explain your issues.
- Contact the ITS Service Desk:
Strategies for Success in Online Learning
Compared to traditional classrooms, online learning has unique challenges and you will need to practice different strategies to be successful. Research and experience have shown several of these strategies to be effective.
Apply These Strategies
- Schedule time to complete your coursework: You may not be going to classrooms right now, but you should act like it. Keep track of changes to your courses. Schedule consistent, multi-hour blocks of time during the week that you devote to coursework and adhere rigidly to this schedule.
- Communicate regularly with the instructor: Your instructors want to help and have provided you with at least one reliable way to contact them. Email them. Check the syllabus or Canvas for virtual office hours. Students with answered questions and heard concerns are far more likely to be successful than their peers who did not communicate with their professors.
- Engage with your classmates: Whether it’s through Canvas, a smartphone app, or text messages, it’s a good idea to communicate regularly with your classmates. You won’t see them in class (maybe in Zoom though!), so you may need to make an extra effort to compare notes or form study groups. You’ll benefit if you do so.
- Begin your work early: Technical difficulties are common in online courses. Exchanging emails is often slow. You may not be able to get answers in time to questions that arise the night before an assignment is due. Expect to encounter hurdles when completing your work and leave yourself time to overcome them.
- Work smart: Remove distractions when completing your coursework. Save your work offline before sending it to your instructors.
Maintaining Your Academic Integrity in Online Learning
Many aspects of our semester have changed significantly, but our responsibility for academic integrity has not. Visit the Maintaining Your Academic Integrity in Online Learning page for more information on how to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity, such as continuing to observe the Institutional Rules and treating all exams and assignments as if you were in-person to complete them, during this period online learning.
Help When You Need It
There are many resources available to you as part of our virtual campus, so make sure you utilize everything available in support of your remote learning!
Access University Resources
- University of Texas Libraries are closed on campus, but many library services remain available, including consultations with library staff. Visit The University Libraries page for additional updates and information.
- Sanger Learning Center offers a range of remote support services, including tutoring, academic counseling, and test reviews. Sign up online or call 512-471-3614.
- University Writing Center is offering online appointments through Google Hangouts Meet for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. Go to the UWC appointments page for more information or to schedule an appointment. Students can also email the UWC at email@example.com or call 512-471-6222 and leave a message.
- McCombs School of Business has an Instructional Wiki for students.
- Has your public speaking assignment been transformed into an online presentation? Schedule a one-hour Zoom consultation with the Public Speaking Center to prepare or rehearse for any public speaking assignment.
Most academic advisors are now set up to work remotely, and are making virtual appointments through tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype, or over the phone. The best way to make contact to find out how your academic advisor is connecting with students is via email. Advisors continue to check and respond to email regularly, and are prepared to continue supporting students during this transition to remote learning, and through registration later this spring.
Course Tutoring Help
Sanger Learning Center Tutoring
For brief, on-demand help with many lower-division math, chemistry, and physics courses, email Sanger Learning Center between the hours of 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays, and 5 p.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. Tutors will be standing by via Zoom.