Prepare to transition to a new learning environment by focusing on three key areas. Prioritize your health, and care for your physical and mental well-being. Stay engaged with your courses, and communicate with your instructors regularly. Familiarize yourself with key tools such as Moodle and Zoom, and make sure you can access these resources on the devices available to you in your current location.
Your health and safety should be your top priority. Take a moment to check in with your physical health – take proper precautions, and seek care if you are ill. Don't forget to consider your emotional well-being. We know that transitioning to a new learning environment is a big adjustment. Make sure you have the technology you need to access your courses and a stable internet connection. Know where to go if you need help, and communicate any needs or limitations to your instructor.
Organize your schedule. Dedicate time for each of your classes, and be prepared to attend live lecture sessions via Zoom if required. Check Moodle, your syllabus and your email for details from your instructors on upcoming assignments, testing changes and other course expectations. Expect ongoing changes, and be patient with your instructors – and with yourself – as we all adjust to a new learning environment.
Learn about the tools and system requirements you need to access your courses online. Familiarize yourself with Moodle and Zoom, and make sure you can access these resources on your devices – preferably a laptop, tablet or desktop computer. Your phone will work for checking your Selkirk email and Moodle announcements, and you can use it to attend Zoom meetings, but it should not be your main device for accessing your courses.