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An emergency situation is a difficult time for everyone, and we encourage you to be patient, kind and flexible and to ask for help when needed. The University's goal is to maintain the delivery of quality instruction and to minimize the disruption of your progress toward degree completion. Your instructors may still be determining how they want to approach the rest of the semester. Stay connected with them as much as possible. If you already have a Canvas space for your course, check it daily for updates. If you haven't been using Canvas in your class and/or you haven't yet heard from your instructor with plans and instructions, be patient. Do stay in touch with them.

What to expect

Your remote learning experience will likely comprise one or more of the following:

  • Recorded lectures
  • Live Zoom meetings, recorded Zoom meetings to re-watch
  • Online discussion boards/forums
  • Submitting lessons, papers and quizzes online
  • Email

The University will use these tools to keep in touch with you regarding services and administrative functions as well.


  • These rapidly adapted classes will use some best practices for the design of quality online education. Some features, however, may not run as smoothly due to the condensed timeline of moving course material online and creating interactive experiences with little preparation time. We all need to work together to make remote learning as effective as possible.
  • We recognize that shifting quickly to online or remote learning may be stressful for you, and it may also be stressful for your instructors. If you need more help with the technology or with the concepts you're covering in your course work, please reach out. Counseling services also are available at each campus.

Success tips

  • Be proactive. Check in your course daily.
  • Don't hesitate to ask for help (with your hardware, software or connectivity.)
  • Make the effort to balance academic responsibilities with life events.
  • Dedicate the appropriate amount of time daily/weekly to each course. It can take longer to communicate with classmates and your instructor if you're waiting for Zoom sessions to be scheduled and because typing out conversations takes longer than talking face-to-face. 

Communicating in online classes

Student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction are key to success in an online course. Contact your instructors via university email or through the built-in messaging in Canvas.

  • When in doubt, send a message!
  • If your instructor will not be holding face-to-face classes, find out whether the instructor is offering a remote access option and what you will need to access it.
  • If you are personally unable to attend your face-to-face class, find out whether there are alternative ways to participate.
  • If you do not have the required technology and access, be proactive in communicating this to your instructor and finding solutions.
  • Things move quickly in an emergency situation. Instructors, students and staff may be operating in unfamiliar ways, so be kind and diligent with your communication. Ask for feedback, be open to phone communication, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification and reach out before spending too much time on tasks.
  • Canvas courses need to be published in order for you to see them. If you can’t see your course on your Canvas Dashboard or Courses menu, reach out to your instructor to make sure it has been published.
  • Even though your course is online, you are still required to adhere to the University of Missouri student code of conduct. If you haven't taken a moment, please read it here: UM-System Standard of Conduct

Managing your time

Expect to check your campus email and Canvas course daily when learning remotely. Reading announcements and other notifications are crucial to having a successful online experience.  

Expect to spend as much, if not more, time engaging with your remote class commitments.

  • Students who are successful in online classes study 3–4 hours per week for each class hour: one hour for every credit hour the course is worth, plus one hour for each reading or content-related learning, plus one hour for every assignment.
  • For a 3-hour course, you will need to block out 9–12 hours per week on your calendar, which will include the time you would have otherwise spent in class. Most people will be more effective setting aside the time they would typically be commuting to campus or in class to complete their work.
  • Just as you would block time to attend a face-to-face class, establish times you will set aside for your online class.

Know yourself! Make sure the hours you've blocked are at times when you're sharp, not during your 3 o'clock slump, for instance. Set up dedicated time for each class to review the course materials (readings, lectures, etc.), log in to the course, participate in student-to-student dialogue, and complete assignments.

Getting organized

Remote learning requires that you be more organized and deliberate with your schedule. Here are some helpful tips for managing the remote workload of a course. 

Submitting assignments

There are many ways to submit course materials online. Confirm with your instructor what file types are allowed. 

Laptop apps and software

Tips for ensuring your apps and software are always up-to-date.

Mobile apps for remote learning

Here is a list of learning apps that you may need to use as a part of your online course. 

Suggested hardware

When taking all courses online, hardware becomes more important than ever. Please check with your campus IT Tech Support for recommendations

Remote software access

Each campus provides online access to a number of applications that may be needed for your courses. Contact your campus support.

Well being

In this time of unprecedented transition, the University of Missouri remains committed to student success and your progress toward your degree. Read more about resources for your well being.

Have unanswered questions?

You may find the answer you're looking for on our student FAQ page.