Tips for Online Learning

This change in delivery method can be unsettling. These tips will help you make the transition.

Remember, we're always here to assist you should you need it.

Check your email frequently for information from the University and from your instructors on how to get started with the online version of your classes.

Check your D2L Brightspace course every day for announcements, syllabus and schedule updates, and access to content and assessments.

Communicate with your instructors if you have any questions about your course or about Brightspace.

Contact the WSU IT Helpdesk if you have technology questions.

Take time to put a study schedule together. Make sure to identify expectations and due dates for each week.

Prioritize your work by due dates. Make smart decisions about how to spend your time and don't procrastinate.

Maintain your class schedule, working on each course during the time you would normally meet in class.

You're likely settling into your new study space, whether that's at a desk, the kitchen table or even your couch.

Here are a few tips to make laptop use more comfortable with whatever space you have available.

For those who primarily work on a laptop:

  • Use a separate keyboard and mouse if at all possible. You should be able to connect a keyboard and mouse directly to the laptop.
  • Position this on your surface in front of you so that you can see the screen without bending your neck. This may require that you elevate the laptop off the desk surface using a stable support surface – whether that is a monitor stand or even a stack of books.
  •  If you have access to an external keyboard, mouse and monitor, follow the postural guidelines for working at a computer from OSHA

For those who occasionally use a laptop:

  • Larger muscles control the neck/head position, so you are better off sacrificing neck posture rather than wrist posture.
  • Find a chair that is comfortable and that allows you to sit back.
  • Position your laptop in your lap or on a table for the most neutral wrist posture that you can achieve.
  • Angle the laptop screen so that you can see this with the least amount of neck deviation.

Learn more tips for laptop users published by the University of Minnesota.

See illustrations for the ideal sitting posture (PDF) and ideal standing posture (PDF) at your workspace.


Stay Active

Stand up, stretch and move. Your body is designed to move, not to remain in a static posture for long periods of time.

Take short breaks throughout the day to stretch or talk a walk. There are many fitness resources and workout videos online. Here are a few you might like to start with:

Communicate with your instructors and watch for updates frequently.

Don't forget to stay in contact with friends, family, and classmates.

Try to stay in touch with your student activities if they're being held via technology. This will help you keep your connection to campus.

Stay healthy by getting enough rest, nutrition, and exercise. Schedule time in your day to take care of yourself.

Work on developing your growth mindset. New circumstances will help you be able to adapt in the future. Remember that your success has just as much to do with your effort as it does your ability.

Stay positive and practice positive self-talk.

Be patient with yourself, your instructor, and all our WSU staff. We are all doing our best in a difficult situation.

Stay in touch with your instructor.  Ask them for the guidance and help you need to be successful.

If you need to request accommodations, you can get help from Access Services.

Contact our IT Helpdesk if you have technology questions. Remember, they may need to route you to a specialist based on the nature of your questions.