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COVID-19: Student Remote Learning Resources


Student Software Access

On Inside Brown, we have information and guides to install course software on your personal computer. Some of these titles, like Stata and SPSS, have previously only been available in labs, but have been secured at no additional cost to you. The list also includes ArcGIS, NVivo, R Studio, and University Edition SAS.

We are also working with colleagues at McKelvey School of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences to stand up a virtual computer lab that will recreate the shared computers we have in the Goldfarb 330 computer classroom and make them available to you remotely.  We are hoping this will be available by the end of March. Information on access to this virtual lab will be updated in the IT Tips for Students document listed below. 


Success in Your Online Classes

Here is some helpful student guidance on how to set yourself up for success in your online classes.  Fortunately, many of the same habits that served you well for traditional classroom learning also apply to online learning. Please read the tips below and take advantage of them. Please also note that the university offers a dedicated site with resources, which you can access here

1. You Are Still in School 

This is a reminder for you and your friends and family.  For those that live with others, they may be tempted to expect more from you since you are not going to campus.  Remind them that you are still in school and have the same academic commitments.

2. Keep a Schedule

The amount of time it takes to do well in grad school has not changed.  You will still attend just as many class time hours and will still need to devote as many hours to studying outside of class and practicum.

3. Minimize Distractions

With online learning, potential distractions are everywhere – on your computer and even around you.  Some of you have made the choice to not use a laptop during class time.  This new format will require you to use a laptop or some other device to access class lectures.  For internet distractions, consider installing online tools for better attention and focus.  Around your home, set up a space you will use for “attending” class.  Remember, your professors and your classmates will be able to see what is behind you.  

4. Stay Focused and Engaged in Online Lectures

Minimizing distractions will help (see above), but you will need to prepare yourself to follow along with the lecture.  Use the opportunities presented by your professor to answer questions.  Take class notes just as you would if you were sitting in a classroom.  In other words, treat it as much as possible as if you were in a class with the professor in front and surrounded by your classmates.  Practicing active participation and holding yourself accountable for your own success during this time will help you stay on track.

5. Tips for Using Zoom

Below are some tips for participating in a Zoom class. You can also find pointers on how to improve your Zoom functionality from WashU IT.  

When/if using video, you can download Brown School Zoom backgrounds here

  • Use good online etiquette.  Do not eat during class lectures and be mindful of your attire.  In addition, everyone will be able to see your facial expressions, even those who ordinarily would be sitting behind you in class. 
  • Mute your mic when you are not talking.  This will lead to a better audio experience for all participants.
  • Pay attention to the chat feature on the right-hand side of the screen.  Your professor may pose questions there for you to answer. 
  • Everything your camera captures will be on display for all participants to see.  Make sure they are seeing what you want them to see and not seeing what you don’t.
  • Make sure you reach out to your professors for help if you need it.  

More Remote Learning Strategies