Preparation for your first online class
Before logging in to your first lecture, follow these key steps to help you feel prepared and ready to succeed in your courses.
- Ensure you have access to the technology required to fully participate in your courses. The course description in Timetable Builder provides a required list of technology and other resources you need. In addition, make sure that your system meets U of T’s technological requirements. If you are experiencing barriers to access technology, please contact your College Registrar’s Office.
- Plan out how you will manage your files for organizing and saving your lecture notes for each course.
- Save a blank document on your computer to take notes while you listen to lectures. Also, have a notebook, paper and pen ready to take notes and draw concepts, if necessary.
- When possible, locate a quiet space where you can view lectures, participate in tutorial discussions and complete practical labs. If you are attending an online synchronous class on campus, use the new U of T Synchronous Space Finder to find space on campus to attend the class. The app is available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
- Let family members or roommates know when you are in class or focused on school work so that you can work undisturbed. Consider using noise-reducing headphones.
- Sign up to lead or join Recognized Study Groups (RSGs) for your courses. In these virtual groups, you can meet classmates, watch lectures and collaborate on learning course material together.
Preparing for synchronous and asynchronous classes
Try to mimic the experience of in-course classes.
For synchronous courses
Arrive early into Quercus and prepare everything you’ll need for the lecture. If you’re part of an RSG or have a friend in the course, send a message to know that they are there with you and discuss it together afterwards.
For asynchronous courses
Set a dedicated class schedule where you will watch lectures on the same day and time each week. If you’re part of an RSG or have a friend in the course, sync your schedules so you can all watch the lecture together and discuss it afterwards.