ICYMI: Remote Learning 101 Series

Posted by Deea Deb on November 3, 2020

Academic Success

Hey Lions! As exams are right around the corner, it can be quite overwhelming to manage your classes, studying and other commitments. Fear not! The #YUBlog has you covered with our Remote Learning 101 Series that takes you through all the resources that you need to ensure your success with online learning as we close out the term. In this post, we are going to recap all the posts in the series, so you can find all these great resources in one place!

Learning Commons

Our most recent addition to the Remote Learning 101 Series covers all the new ways that the Learning Commons have moved their services online. In case you don’t know, the Learning Commons is a collaboration between learning services (such as the York U Libraries, the Writing Centre, Learning Skills Services and the Career Centre) offering support for students in the form of appointments, drop-in consultations, online modules and workshops. Usually, they can be found on the second floor of Scott Library, but due to COVID-19 regulations, all their services have moved online.

The Virtual Welcome Desk is offered through instant chat located at the top right of the Learning Commons website. This chat platform features Zoom integration with a screen-sharing option and is available Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. You can get help in areas such as writing, citation help, learning skills, time management, English language communication support, career skills, etc.

Career Centre

Whether you are a first-year student or even a recent graduate, it’s always a good idea to stay one step ahead when it comes to preparing for your future career after University. While it may seem like it is difficult to do when we are all learning from home, York’s Career Centre is still offering an abundance of online services for you. In our Remote Learning 101: Career Centre post this past summer, we highlighted some of the services that you have access to while learning remotely. Don’t forget to visit the Daily Career Lounge sessions that are available every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

To help you discover your interests and help you achieve your career goals, the Career Centre has launched a new Career Exploration Guide on eClass. It is a one-stop shop to help students understand and develop their career aspirations. We wrote all about it in our previous post, “My Career Plan on eClass”.

Learning Skills Services (LSS)

Our summer Remote Learning 101: Learning Skills Services post takes you through the remote learning services offered by LSS to help you succeed at university while at home. Don’t forget that you can earn your Passport to Success by attending eight or more different Learning Skills Workshops at any point during your time as a York student.

LSS has recently launched their Student Guide to Remote Learning to help you find resources and supports to successfully navigate being a remote learner. We did an in-depth breakdown of the guide in our previous post, “The New Student Guide to Remote Learning”.

Online Library Services

Remote Learning 101: York’s Top Online Library Services #YUBlog

We looked at all the ways that you can access support services from York U libraries in our summer Remote Learning 101: Top Online Library Services post. Their consultation services have moved online and you can book a virtual research appointment with a subject librarian through a program-specific online form for in-depth research help. Learn all about these services and more about the Libraries in this post.

Searching for journals and articles for your research paper can get to you when a deadline is close. Connect to the York U Libraries Chat via the library’s Ask A Question website. To provide you with more personalized assistance, this system uses Zoom integration for screen sharing and offers bilingual services.

Course Codes and Finding Your Course On eClass

Are you joining us for the Winter 2021 term? To start the term on the right foot, you can review our Remote Learning 101: Course Codes and Finding Your Course in eClass post where we cover the most basic things you need to know about course codes and your first steps on eClass. This will be especially helpful if you are preparing for your first year.

When you see a course offered as online (ONLN) it means there is no specific time and day of the week that you have to tune in for an online lecture. All the lectures will be pre-recorded and uploaded to eClass by your instructors.

Courses offered remotely include blended (BLEN), lecture (LECT) and seminar (SEMR) courses. These courses will have some or all classes scheduled at a designated time and day during the week where you need to join the live virtual lectures through Zoom or other platforms your instructors specify in the course outline. Corresponding Labs (LAB) and Tutorials (TUTR) for remote courses will also be offered remotely. There may be exceptions for a limited number of classes such a labs, tutorials or studios and you can see of list of those courses with in-person components.

These resources will not only help you navigate the world of online learning but also help you succeed in your academics and university life. Don’t forget to check out York’s virtual events calendar to find different ways to connect with students from around the globe.

To stay up to date on campus life and events, connect with York on social media. You can follow us on Facebook @YorkUStudents, Twitter @YorkUStudents, Instagram @studentlifeyu and with our weekly This Week @ York emails.

Deea Deb
Deea Deb

Deea Deb is a third-year English and Professional Writing major at York University. She loves reading, travelling, being organized, and writing. She hopes to help York students succeed at university.

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