Students: Online Guides

This section provides information, tips and strategies for making online learning most effective. See also the very useful information at the OISE Student Success Centre, provided by the Office of the Registrar and Student Services.

  • Keep your UTORid handy; you will need this to login to your course and university services.
  • Know how to use the internet to assist you in your studies; for example, listening to a podcast or watching a video. You may also need to know how to upload digital files to a course website for assessment or to share with fellow students. The Canvas student guide can help you get started.
  • Know how to use the internet to complete research tasks.
  • Be able to use word-processing packages to present your work.
  • Know how to write online messages to your instructor, teaching assistant or peer group, or how to take part in live interactive sessions over the internet (like a live webinar, message board or forum). Your course may have example guidelines for communicating online.
  • Your instructor may use Quercus (Canvas) or PeppeR for course materials and communication.
  • Set up a study calendar with a regular schedule. Having a schedule will keep you on task and on time. Set mini deadlines for the week. For example, break down when you will: watch lecture videos, complete readings, complete assignments and quizzes.
  • Read the course syllabus.
  • Take note of your instructor’s preferred method for contacting them (e.g., email, discussion tool, online office hours).
  • Navigate the course in Quercus or Pepper before you begin classes.
  • Click on all course links and familiarize yourself with the content.
  • Set aside space in your home for school.
  • Organize Microsoft OneDrive to save and access your course work and assignment files.
  • Use Microsoft Calendar for your course and assignment schedule.
  • Follow the rules of online etiquette, and U of T’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion guidelines.
  • View the announcements.
  • Review the assignments page.