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Webinar: Student Success in Online Learning: Preparing for Remote Instruction

The "Student Success in Online Learning: Preparing for Remote Instruction" online webinar provides tips and advice about what to expect as an online student as the University at Buffalo classes transition to remote instruction.

Friday, March 27, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Thursday, April 2, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

This event is scheduled as an online webinar in ZOOM.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • How online learning is different than traditional courses
  • Library services that are available to remote learners
  • Tips for being successful

The session is sponsored by the University at Buffalo Libraries with presenters Erin Rowley, Head, Science & Engineering Library Services, Engineering Librarian and Robin Sullivan, Teaching and Learning Strategist, Educational Services Team.

You are encouraged to test your system ahead of time:

Additional ZOOM support info is available:

Register on the UB Libraries website:

Distance Learning: What you should know and do

Expectations for the Course

Review and check the syllabus for each of your courses. Were they revised? What do you need to do? Make a list of required assignments, projects, homework and tests. If something is confusing you, ask your instructor for clarification.


Where will you be connecting? Choose a location that has the best Wi-Fi. Will you need a camera, microphone or other special equipment? Check with the libraries and other areas for support. Check the UBIT website for technical updates. Notify your instructor if you are experiencing technical issues.

Dedicate Space

Designate a space where you can work uninterrupted. Make sure you choose an area with a good academic atmosphere, where you can stay focused and not get distracted. Check to make sure that your Wi-Fi connection is good.

Make a Study Plan

Create a plan to succeed. Keep to the schedule you are used to by following the routine of when classes were in-person. Schedule your time for class and a time to study. Make to- do lists and set time limits to work. Break large projects or assignments into small sections with your own due dates. Remember to use the study success formula: for every one hour of class you need two hours of study outside of the classroom.

Check your UB Email and UBlearns

When you’re learning at a distance, it is imperative that you frequently check all of your UB accounts. You should check your email at least two times or more a day. Log in to UBlearns or other platforms your course is using every day. You need to stay on top of your work so you are aware of any updates or changes.

Ask for Help When Needed

If you are confused or unsure about your class, ASK FOR HELP! See your professor or TA during office hours. These hours could be virtual or in person. Create a group chat with other classmates to share questions and answers. Try academic support services, such as tutoring or study groups. See the Tutoring & Academic Support Services website for our schedule or to make an appointment.

Stay Motivated!

It might be hard to stay motivated especially when your courses are all online. Keep a schedule, talk with other classmates and check in with your advisor. Review your academic goals and your life goals. Remember, you’re doing all of this for a reason!

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