Online Learning Resources
Whether it's your first time learning online or you've taken online courses before, MSUM is here to help you succeed. We have curated tools, tips, and resources to support you as an online learner. Click on the sections below to learn more about various course delivery modes, getting prepared for online learning, how-to guides for important technology tools, and resources available to you as an online learner.
There are different types of courses that are either completely or partially online. A list of definitions is included below.
- Synchronous – 100% online but some meetings and activities will be synchronous (take place in real-time)
- Asynchronous – 100% of instruction is online with no in-person or synchronous meetings and no in-person proctored exams
- Blended/Hybrid – 25-75% of instruction is online with regularly scheduled in-person meetings
- Mostly Online – more than 75% of instruction is online with up to 2 in-person meetings and up to 4 proctored exams
- Hybrid Flex (HyFlex)– Instruction is offered in-person with remote synchronous and/or remote asynchronous options
Be sure to check the “Notes” section for each class on eServices to find specific information regarding the listed delivery method.
Being an effective online learner means being prepared. Let’s get you started! Your first step is to download and complete the Strategies for Successful Online Learning handout. This guide will assist you in organizing information about your courses, planning class and study time, and identifying important to-do items and resources.
Student Success Tips for Online Learning
- Read your syllabus. Twice.
Get familiar with the requirements of the course and start planning out your schedule. This is especially important for asynchronous courses, which often require you to self-pace to ensure you can successfully complete all of the course requirements.
- Familiarize yourself with class technology
Becoming familiar with the online learning tools that will be used in your courses is an important step! Identify the tools each instructor will be using and review our How-To Guides to get started with each one right away.
- Ask questions
Be sure to ask for clarification or discuss any course issues you may have, especially if you are new to online learning. Communicate regularly with your course instructor using email or your instructor’s preferred mode of communication (check the syllabus for this information).
- Make space
Find a space where you can attend synchronous online classes without distractions, as well as study effectively. Create a consistent routine so you have the time set aside and items that you need to stay organized - internet connection, books, headphones, etc. Turn off other devices – cell phones, television, etc. – in order to stay focused.
- Create a schedule
Set aside enough time for each week’s work. Plan for about 3 hours of coursework for each online credit hour per week (e.g., 9 hours per week for a 3 credit course). Creating a schedule where you plan out time for each class, breaks, and other commitments like work is an important step to keeping yourself on track.
- Participate often
Participate with your peers and your instructor to stay connected in your course; share ideas, ask questions, offering feedback and working together are ways to maintain a supportive and active class environment. Check your course sites and email at least once per daily to keep up with course announcements and other important information.
- Keep up!
Online learning allows is flexible but takes as much time as learning face-to-face. Get started right away in order to stay on track! If you struggle with planning your time, identifying effective study habits, or simply want assistance in adapting to online learning, contact the Academic Success Center to schedule a session with an academic coach.
Learning online anytime, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, means you’ll be using technology a lot. Use this guide to get started using some of MSUM’s core technology tools. Contact Information Technology if you need any assistance from MSUM IT support staff.
Email: Stay Connected
To access your email (Outlook), go to: https://outlook.com/minnstate.edu
Open a browser and go to the MSUM Home Page and click on Email in the top red navigation bar on the right. Enter the StarID or username you were assigned and the password you chose. This opens your mailbox.
D2L Brightspace: The “homepage” for your courses
To access D2L Brightspace, go to: https://mnstate.learn.minnstate.edu/
- Login Help
- Pulse (mobile app) - View announcements, deadlines, and grades together, in real-time, using Brightspace Pulse. This tutorial shows how to navigate Brightspace Pulse.
- D2L Brightspace Pulse (Video)
- Navigating D2L Brightspace
- D2L Brightspace (Videos)
Office 365: Productivity tools for learning
To access Office 356, go to: https://www.office.com
Kaltura MediaSpace: Creating and sharing videos for learning
To access Kaltura MediaSpace, go to: https://mediaspace.minnstate.edu
- How to upload your media to Kaltura Mediaspace
- Recording in Kaltura
- Publish and Share
Zoom: Attend or host virtual meetings with your professors & classmates
To access Zoom, go to: https://minnstate.zoom.us/
The Academic Support Center is offering individual and small group tutoring virtually for Fall 2020. This includes both scheduled and drop-in options. To submit a new request for tutoring, please fill out the request form.
Adjusting to online learning, or a combination of online and in-person learning, can be challenging! The academic coaches at the Academic Support Center can assist you in identifying effective habits, study skills, and tools that can help you adapt. Email email@example.com or call us at 218.477.4318 to set up a time to meet.
Students with questions about accommodations for a disability can contact the Director of Accessibility Resources. Requests for accommodations related to COVID-19 can be submitted online.
Library services and resources continue to be available virtually including reference service, access to databases, and interlibrary loan. Visit the Library’s LibGuide with links to library resources, hours and other information. The library is available for research help and to answer any questions. Librarians are available for one-on-one research consultations via Zoom and you may also chat with a librarian in real time. Additional information and assistance is available on the Distance Learning Libguide.
If you have questions about how to complete an assignment it is always best to first contact your professor. If a technology is not performing the way it should or if you need technical support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific question or need.
Not sure where to start?
- Undergraduate Students: contact the Academic Success Center
- Graduate Students: contact Katy Johnson, Student Support Specialist, via email or text at 218.304.7167