Quickly moving a face-to-face course to an online format is a significant challenge. The purpose of this page is to help students anticipate, understand, and navigate some of the changes that may result. 

Keep in mind . . .

This transition will be stressful for both students and instructors. Patience, persistence, and understanding in both directions will be key in getting the most out of your courses.

What changes can I expect?

    During this time, courses will not meet in a classroom. Beyond that, changes will differ from course to course. Ultimately, instructors will adapt their courses in the way they feel best meets the learning objectives of the course.

    • As necessary, instructors may revise the course schedule, assignments, exams, grading, and other policies to accommodate the online format.
    • Instructors may introduce new tools to the course that allow key course activities (e.g., lecturing, exam administration) to happen remotely.
    • Some of your courses will continue to have “live” remote meetings at their regularly scheduled times. Most courses that do this will utilize Zoom in Canvas. For more information, see Tips for Using Zoom for Class.
    • Instead of or in addition to live meetings, some courses may provide access to pre-recorded lectures or other pre-recorded content.
    • Some instructors may opt to skip remote meetings and recorded lectures altogether and deliver content in other ways (for example, using textual resources).
    • Many instructors are likely to administer exams via Canvas. Your instructor may use the following features available for Canvas exams: (1) time limits, (2) locking your browser to remain on the exam until it is complete, and/or (3) monitoring software that utilizes your webcam to proctor the exam.
    • On a mobile device? Read these tips for accessing Canvas on a mobile device.
    • For more information on exams, see Tips for Taking Online Exams.

    Where can I get Canvas support?

    Please visit the MyCanvas Student Support page for 24/7 Canvas Support options and to view common issues and concerns.

    Who can I call for additional technical support?

    Students can contact Student Technology Services for assistance by emailing student.technology@wustl.edu, or by calling 314-933-3333.

    Frequently Asked Questions for Students

    Review Frequently Asked Questions (for Students) for important information about course-specific communications, connecting remotely, best practices for remote learning, and available resources.