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Remote Learning at UCSB

What is Remote Learning?

Remote learning means that lectures, classes and sections will not take place in-person. Communication with professors, teaching assistants, and classmates will take place by using online technology and other forms of technology that do not require students and instructors to be in the same physical space. Your classes or sections may be synchronous (live) and/or asynchronous (on your time) – depending on how your instructors have structured the course and the technologies they choose to use. Keep in mind that during remote instruction you are still required to complete readings, homework, exams, and other types of assignments.

During remote learning you (and your instructors) can expect to learn new technologies and techniques, and try out different approaches to engage with course material. Thank you for being open to new experiences.

Connect with Professors & Teaching Assistants

In an online world, communication is key. Your professors and TAs won’t be able to read your facial expressions and body language as they normally would be able to in a classroom. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Ask questions, engage in discussion forums or live classrooms, and use online office hours. Most likely, you’re asking a question that others have as well.

Tip! Office hours are important to your success as a student! They present opportunities to ask questions, gain clarity on difficult material, and get to know your instructor. If you’re nervous, write out your questions clearly before attending office hours or ask another student to join you. This video provides a little encouragement!

Note! Keep in mind that email responses from professors and TAs may take a little longer than usual during remote instruction.

Develop Learning Communities

Accountability buddies are still important, even in a time of social distancing! Often times, we need accountability buddies, someone to talk through a problem with, clarify notes with, and listen to our practice presentations. This doesn’t have to end just because your class is online.

Tip! Check to see if you can view your class roster under “People” in GauchoSpace. Sometimes, instructors will give you access to view other students in the course and their names/emails. If you have a smaller class or section, ask your TA to help facilitate connections to your peers.

Note! Check out this video on how to start and structure your virtual study group from the ONDAS Student Center Peer Mentors.

Communicate with Intention & Respect

Keep in mind that this remote learning experience may be new for many of us – students, staff, teaching assistants, and professors. It requires patience, flexibility and empathy – for ourselves and for others.

UCSB asks students to honor our Principles of Community, cultivating a sense of mutual respect and understanding among our beautifully diverse community. Especially in these times, it is critical to avoid language that may make our community members feel unsafe or unwelcome, and instead use language that is affirming and welcoming.

Academic Integrity

Online classrooms are still classrooms. Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of social and academic behavior in an online environment. If you are unsure of any actions that may count as academic dishonesty, visit the Office of Student Conduct’s page on Academic Integrity.


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