Students: Online Guides

This section provides information, tips and strategies for making online learning most effective.

  • 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.