DLINQ has created a number of resources to support the transition to remote learning. We encourage you to start with these resources, as they contain Middlebury-specific information. A printable version of this page is available here.
STUDENT CONTINUITY PLANNER
An easy-to-use planner for students to keep track of their courses’ remote learning requirements in one place.
- Get your copy of the Google Doc Template at go.middlebury.edu/studentplanner
- Download at go.middlebury.edu/downloadstudentplanner
*Note: There will be a brief lag while the document copies itself. This is normal.
ITS LIMITED HELPDESK HOURS
Helpdesk hours are subject to change. The Helpdesk Hours page will reflect these changes.
If you are having upload/download or processing issues with online tools or software, we recommend checking the system status to see if it’s already a known issue before contacting the Helpdesk. ITS offers a system and performance dashboard on its homepage at https://www.middlebury.edu/office/information-technology-services#its-system-status
You are encouraged to make the most of the Canvas Student Guide. The more comfortable you are with the remote learning software, the better your experience. A Canvas Student Mobile App is available that you may wish to take advantage of. The app is available for iOS, Windows and Android.
What will professors be using Canvas for?
For more courses, Canvas will be the hub for course content (readings, videos, etc.), assignment uploads, class discussions, and access to Zoom sessions. The tool best promotes asynchronous learning.
Visit Canvas Orientation for Students for a thorough demonstration of Canvas.
While most classes are expected to be asynchronous, Zoom will still be used in particular classes or for group work. Familiarize yourself with the Zoom Guide in preparation for your classes. We also encourage you to download the Zoom Desktop App if possible.
What will Zoom be used for?
For synchronous classes, Zoom will be the medium for lectures and discussions. Zoom may also be used for group work or for office hours with your professors. Asynchronous classes will not be using Zoom for lectures but may have smaller discussion sessions via Zoom. For your convenience, track these expectations at go.middlebury.edu/studentplanner or download at go.middlebury.edu/downloadstudentplanner.
What will Panopto be used for?
Panopto is a video and audio storage service that allows you to upload, edit, store and share video and audio files with varying levels of privacy settings. Panopto can also be a very powerful tool to use for recording and sharing presentation assignments, for viewing video lectures and annotation.
Students may not need to interact with Panopto unless requested by their professor. If you are asked to record a presentation that would have otherwise been presented in a classroom, Panopto desktop recorder allows you to record your video and/or voice over slides.
All GO shortcuts can be accessed off-campus:
go.middlebury.edu/[shortcut] | e.g go.middlebury.edu/studentplanner
If you are not currently in the U.S. and you cannot successfully respond to Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) challenges because you set it up to use your U.S. cell phone number, please contact the ITS HelpDesk via Zoom using http://go.middlebury.edu/zoom2helpdesk/.
If you have not yet set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), you will be prompted to do so when you access a Middlebury resource. Visit go.middlebury.edu/whichmfa to help you decide which method is best for you — scenario A is recommended for overseas travelers.
- Learning from home will feel different than learning on campus. Take time to notice what you like and what you would like to improve for tomorrow.
- Give yourself a comfortable work space. That can take any form you want. Certain tasks for me only feel right when I sit at my desk. Other tasks work just fine from my comfy living room chair. Work wherever you feel productive.
- If you are truly alone with no one else in the house, it can be really helpful to turn on the TV (news, mindless cooking shows – nothing with a plot) or radio. Not to actively watch, but just to hear other voices. It almost replicates the feel of the office where the white noise of other people has become your norm.
- If you are home with others in the house, do try to establish boundaries with them. Family members may want your attention, despite you trying to get your work done, and it is important that you are able to focus for as long as you need.
- Keep a schedule. Remember to eat. Take your regular breaks. End your work day when you normally do. It’s easy to forget about lunch. It’s easy to keep working far longer than you usually do. I’m guilty of this often, but remember that you don’t have to prove any superhuman powers of your ability to get any more done at home. And did I say eat? Yes, eat.
- Exercise. At the beginning of your day, it is important to move or exercise as much as you are able to. Even if you aren’t a regular exerciser, this will help your mood and help you stay focused. When the weather cooperates, go outside. Even a little movement will be good for you.
- The option to stay in pajamas is pretty cool. Some days it might feel awesome. But if you find yourself feeling blah instead get up and get dressed. Maybe not fully in business attire, but just pretending like you’re leaving the house.
- Do something for yourself. Don’t forget your hobbies, self-care, or other things that make you happy. Schedule them if you need to.
You’ve got this.
– Amanda Cornaglia, Clear Harmonies
If you are not used to online learning, the experience of participating in an online course may be different and sometimes challenging. Here are some tips for a successful online learning experience:
- Acknowledgement: Across our community, there are differences in our access to remote learning. Whether it is access to high-speed internet, different time zones or accessibility needs, we ask you to communicate any and all challenges to your professors. We also encourage you to email us (email@example.com) for more support.
- Communication: Make sure that you are checking your Middlebury email and Canvas notifications regularly. We strongly suggest that you set your notification preferences in Canvas to notify me right away or daily summary, so that you don’t miss any important information (Instructions for setting your Canvas notification preferences).
- Time management: Allocate some daily time to check in and participate in course discussions and activities. Online coursework can be intensive, and it is sometimes difficult to stay attuned to online activities (particularly discussion based ones) if participation is not ongoing. Select a time for course participation that is most conducive with your schedule and obligations, and once you have selected a time, treat it like an appointment – stay dedicated to that time.
- Read carefully: Instruction in the online environment tends to be heavily text-based. Be sure to read through instructions and assignments carefully, and ask questions if you are unsure of requirements for assignments, deadlines, etc.
- Ask questions: If you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask your professor, and the sooner the better – ask early, ask often!
- Patience with technical issues: Expect that there will be times when the technology does not cooperate. It’s just the nature of the beast. Please be patient, and advise your professor of any issues.
Looking for feedback on your speaking skills, or on a particular presentation? Oratory Now is on it.
Composing, revising, delivery – whatever you’re working on, we have TWO NEW WAYS to offer help remotely.
ASYNCHRONOUS COACHING: You submit a short video of your presentation-in-process, and we return it to you, annotated with tips and comments.
REAL-TIME ZOOM SESSION: We find a time that works for you and two of our coaches. Boom. You get personal attention in real time – wherever you are.
To request coaching, or information, just submit this form. We’ll be in touch!
Here are five video-based courses which present practices that can optimize your remote learning experience.
- Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hr 25 mins
Working from home is a wonderful opportunity, but time management can be a challenge. With so many demands on your time and attention, it’s a tricky balancing act to stay productive. In this course, bestselling author and productivity expert Dave Crenshaw offers best practices for anyone who works from home.
Time management tools and programs can only go so far. If you want to boost your productivity in a lasting way, you need to change the way you look at your time and your tasks. Productivity expert Dave Crenshaw shares bite-sized, actionable tips to help you improve your productivity, develop flexibility, and avoid lower-value activities.
- Balancing Work and Life – 28 mins
Learn how to have it all and enjoy it all by balancing your life and work. In this talk, author and business coach Dave Crenshaw explores smart strategies to make work a focus at work and give yourself time to enjoy your time at home.
- Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 mins
Join instructor Heidi Hanna, PhD as she discusses what stress is, exactly; how you can train yourself to use stress in more effective ways by assessing and adjusting it.
- Building Resilience – 34 mins
Have trouble getting by when the going gets tough? Kelley School of Business professor and professional communications coach Tatiana Kolovou explains how to bounce back from difficult situations, by building your “resiliency threshold.” She outlines five training techniques to prepare for difficult situations, and five strategies for reflecting on them afterward.
You are encouraged to use Zoom to communicate with classmates when working on group projects. Zoom offers a video call component, a chat component and a whiteboard feature for sketches and illustrations.
Of course, please be mindful of the following three factors whenever working in a group. Be sure to ask about your classmates’ situations and to communicate yours to them, if necessary.
- The time zones of all members of the group
- Others’ access to high-speed internet
- Accessibility and Accommodation needs
It’s important to recognize that extraordinary circumstances, like the ones we are living through now, create a heavy burden on executive function. This affects your ability to plan, engage with and sustain effort to complete your course work. Please recognize the challenge you are facing and be gentle with yourselves.
Visit the CTLR’s Time Management Resource Page.
For writing, foreign language, and STEM and Social Sciences is now available remotely. For more information see our main tutoring services page.
Visit ITS’ regularly updated ITS Resources for ITS-specific answers. This resource was consulted in the compilation of this site.