Tufts Technology Services (TTS) wants to ensure that students are prepared and have the resources they need to optimize their online learning experience.
Tools You Need To Learn Online
You will need a computer with the following requirements:
See more details on the computer recommendations and security page.
A reliable, high-speed (cable or broadband) internet connection is required. Students are expected to log into Canvas and check email daily, and will need regular and reliable access to the internet.
Use Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Safari. Canvas supports the current and previous major release of these browsers. Note: For Tools like Zoom you need to use Chrome or Firefox.
See available Tufts Apps and Software or learn about the Tufts Virtual Lab/Virtual Desktop for online software.
Canvas Is Your Hub for Learning
- Access course materials
- Watch any recorded presentations
- Interact in classes and meetings real-time via Zoom or WebEx
- Interact and engage with faculty and class members via announcements, email, and discussion forums
- Access course assignments, quizzes, and exams remotely
- View grades
See the section on Academic Continuity in the Frequently Asked Questions page for more details.
How do I...
|Attend/Participate in an Online Class||
Your class may be held using a webinar platform like Zoom or WebEx for live, synchronous class sessions, office hours, or review sessions.
If this is a requirement, please make sure you have the following:
NOTE: You need to login using single sign-on with your Tufts credentials to access Zoom through the Tufts instance.
|Configure my Canvas Notifications||Ensure you are receiving the course communications you would like to receive by configuring your Canvas notifications.|
|Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations||
|Access specialized software and applications that are available in the computer labs||
|Open and Read PDFs||Use Adobe Acrobat Reader|
|Store, access, and share documents||Access Tufts Box|
|Use MathWorks on my personal computer|
Tips for Learning Online
- Check your Tufts email (or forward to your personal email) for course announcements from faculty/TA’s
- Configure your Canvas Notifications to make sure you are receiving the course communications you would like to receive
- Access content in Canvas including a course syllabus, readings and online lectures, as well as any supplemental resources, videos, etc..
- Familiarize yourself with the course format. Are there live meetings in Zoom? Are there requirements to interact in asynchronous forums?
- Understand your instructor’s expectations of you and how they plan to teach online
- Submit all assignments, quizzes and exams on time
- Connect with your instructor, if you have questions or need help
- Help each other succeed by scheduling a meeting using Zoom to organize and participate in online study groups to review notes, ask questions, study for exams.
- Take advantage of other resources to assist in learning (i.e. YouTube videos)
|Review and follow your instructor's communication guidelines.||Your instructor may have communication guidelines that are specific to your online course. Be sure to review your course syllabus and any emails or announcements from your professor to learn about these expectations.|
|Use a civil tone and non-offensive language.||While you are encouraged to think critically and engage in rigorous debate, please avoid using personal attacks and crude language. This is especially important when discussing topics which may elicit strong personal responses from course participants.|
|Be cautious when using humor or sarcasm.||If your tone is misunderstood by readers, your words may be taken literally or offensively.|
|Write clearly and succinctly.||Aim to make your messages easy to read and understand. If you frequently rely on idioms or slang phrases, consider how your messages might be rephrased for clarity.|
|Attribute any sources you use.||Doing so should make your comments more effective while also encouraging a more rigorous and structured debate.|
|Respect others' privacy.||Avoid sharing personal information about others without their consent.|
Need Training on these Tools
For using the Canvas LMS, see the CANVAS Student Orientation and Training tutorials.
For more information on technology services available to students, please visit the Technology for Students page.