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
Ways to Optimize Remote Learning
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
More Resources for Remote Learning
For more great ideas on how to adjust to a remote learning environment take a look at the resources below:
- Remote Control Webinar Series: Making Connections, UCLA Library
- Adjusting your study habits during COVID, from University of Michigan
- Tips for Success When Learning Online, from Virginia Commonwealth University
- Best Remote Learning Practices for International Students, UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
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
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.
UCLA Tools & Learning Platforms
Make sure you download and are able to log in to the following platforms using your UCLA Logon ID
CCLE is a campus-wide service that makes collaboration possible across schools, divisions, and departments.Google Apps for UCLA
Google Apps is a set of collaboration tools created for UCLA that includes access to your g.ucla account, Docs, Sheets, and more.MyUCLA
UCLA’s campus portal for everything from enrolling in classes to connecting with various departments.Slack for UCLA
Slack is the equivalent of UCLA’s digital campus — a collaboration hub that enables real-time communications and connections in a searchable platform for real-time messaging, content sharing, learning, and more.Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN is a secured connection that is required to access some campus resources including the UCLA library.Zoom
Many of your courses will be conducted via Zoom. If you haven’t already, make sure to log on and download today.