To your instructors –
Attend class. Your regular class attendance is the single most important way to keep connected.
Read and retain the class syllabus. It should say how your instructor prefers to communicate, but feel free to ask instructors for clarification.
Use Blackboard. Instructors are encouraged to use Blackboard and its built-in announcements function to keep you informed. Your instructors will contact you with information regarding scheduled tests and exams.
Make sure your University contact information is correct. You can reset your contact preferences in myOleMiss so you are notified about University announcements.
Keep up with University email account. Your instructors may send emails directly to your account.
To your classmates –
Familiarize yourself with the online and digital tools. Numerous tools are available through UM that will help you connect and collaborate with other students working on group projects.
Add a picture to your Zoom profile. This will help others see your face even when your camera is off. This makes it easier for your classmates and instructors to identify who is on the Zoom call and who is talking.
Take advantage of Supplemental Instruction. This is available for many but not all courses. If not, Schedule virtual study sessions as a way to both learn your course material and connect with your classmates.
Take your student organization meetings to Zoom or hold a group chat to stay in touch.
Advocate for Yourself and Others!
Be your own best advocate –
Know your devices and software. Familiarize yourself with Zoom controls and how to activate your webcam and microphone, mute and unmute yourself, use reactions, chat, share your screen, etc.
Understand how to participate in a Zoom session. Does your instructor prefer you to unmute yourself and speak, raise your virtual hand, or comment in the chat? Each of your instructors could have a different preference.
Express your concerns to your instructors. “I wonder if you might be able to help me with a challenge I’m having…” Your instructor is likely also grappling with a lot of challenges and may not be aware of barriers to success you’re facing in their course. Don’t be afraid to speak up and communicate with your instructor about time zone challenges with live sessions, issues accessing materials internationally, limited access to technology, etc.
Contact your instructor about any disability-related accommodations. If you need disability-related accommodations, contact UM’s Student Disability Services office.
Take advantage of distraction-free study areas. Zoom rooms are available across campus to help you find a quiet place to study or attend a remote class.
Advocate for Others –
Do you have concerns about challenges you or another student may be facing? U Matter helps navigate resources and supports within the university and local community to help students facing challenges that impact success at the university.
Commit to supporting positive and inclusive interactions. UM’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is committed to creating an environment – both in person and online – that is equitable, fair, and just.
Manage your Wellness!
Take charge of your wellness. Schedule your exercise with Campus Recreation.
Set a plan for balancing your use of technology. Limiting how connected you are to technology will help you control your stress.
A quiet workplace allows you to focus. This can be your home base for coursework. If in Oxford, consider one of the campus library spaces.
Feeling overwhelmed? Find support and resources with University Counseling.
Build key skills for learning. The Student Success Workshop page at Center for Teaching and Learning has Zoom recordings to help you develop stronger study skills.
Prioritize your work. What due dates are coming up first? Make a smart decision about how to best spend your time. Learn more about time management strategies.