Your Remote Learning Setup
No matter where you’ll be learning and teaching, you’ll want to make sure you have an appropriate setup. Here’s some of the tech you’ll need to optimize your remote experience.
A Mac or PC less than 5 years old
A reliable internet connection
A headset and/or microphone to improve sound quality (optional)
External speakers and/or connection to a second monitor if available
Adjusting to Remote Learning
Shifting to remote instruction will present a different set of challenges than learning in person. Below are resources and suggestions to help make the switch as smooth as possible.
- Structure Your Time: Time management is key during remote learning, especially if some of your courses are recorded (asynchronous). You may put them off knowing you can always get to them later. Try creating a schedule that helps you determine when it’s time to study and when you’re able to relax. Making a structure that works for you can go a long way.
- Create A Dedicated Space: If you're able, create a dedicated space for your studies away from distractions. An ideal workspace usually includes a chair, table or desk, and good lighting. If you don’t have another room to work in, rearranging the space you do have can have a similar effect. For example, moving a chair so that it faces a window instead of a TV can create the same type of separation you would get from having an office.
- Proactively Manage Distractions: There are plenty of tools at our disposal to manage our distractions before they throw us off course. Turn off notifications to avoid social media when you need to focus and schedule your do-not-disturb setting to have your phone silence itself during class. Additionally, there are many tools and plug-ins for your Internet browsers to help keep you engaged during lectures.
- Practice Active Learning: When you are attending class, be fully present. Take notes, ask questions, and engage with the material. While it may feel awkward breaking the ice with your peers in a breakout session, remember that others might be experiencing that same discomfort. Be bold and start conversations with your peers, TAs, and professors to make the experience as enriching as possible.
- Stay Connected with Others: When we’re all social distancing, it’s easy to feel disconnected. Maintain healthy connections by remaining active in virtual spaces. Make an effort to form study groups, share notes, and reach out to friends. And always practice self-care when you feel drained or need to recharge.
For more great ideas on how to adjust to a remote learning environment take a look at the resources below:
Resources for Technology Support
If you need assistance with purchasing or borrowing laptops, wifi hotspots, and other devices, UCLA has several programs that can help, like CLICC, one of UCLA's resources that helps support students tech needs.
Other resources include:
Research & Teaching in a Remote World
UCLA has tools available for students to conduct research in a remote setting. This includes support services from the UCLA Library and information from the UCLA Research Ramp-Up website.
For a comprehensive list of resources for research visit the "Academics & Research" section of the guidebook.
Teaching Resources for Graduate Teaching Assistants
Below is a list of websites with digital tools, information and guidance for remote teaching.