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What does it mean to be a remote learner?

In the event of an emergency situation, consult UMSL's main page to become aware of the latest information. It may be become necessary to explore alternatives to attending class on campus. Perhaps the closure lasts longer than expected or widespread illness makes in-person instruction challenging. It might not be your first choice to become a remote learner, but we are here to help you through a possible transition. The goal is to maintain the delivery of quality instruction as much as possible to minimize the disruption of your progress toward degree completion.

In the event of an extended campus closure, the University of Missouri-St. Louis expects faculty to adapt face-to-face and blended instructional activities for online delivery to ensure continuity of instruction. This is not the same as taking an online class, however, there may be some similarities. We have resources to help you adapt and to keep learning. Shifting quickly to online or remote learning may be stressful for you, and it may also be stressful for your instructors. Remember, this was not the plan for anyone – UMSL encourages both students and instructors to be flexible and communicate to ensure you stay on track with progress in your course(s) and ultimately your degree. 

Continue to check in on your course in Canvas daily. Staying connected will keep you from missing deadlines or falling into bad habits. Unforeseen situations do happen (like moving to remote learning!), but it's how you deal with them that may influence your course's outcome.

As remote learners, students must be proactive in their studies, able to balance academic responsibilities with life events, and able to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to a course. The most crucial skills are Communication, Time Management, and Staying Organized. This website includes information with practical tips for these and for using the technologies you may need for your courses.

Explore This Site

Options for Internet Access

Canvas Instructions

Submitting Assignments

Using Mobile Devices for Canvas

Zoom Instructions for Students

Online Learning Strategies:

Managing Your Time

Communication Tips

Staying Organized as an Online Student

Well-Being Resources


More Information

For the latest information about coronavirus/COVID-19 at UMSL, see

University of Missouri - System Office of eLearning Remote Learning Tools Site



This page was created and developed by Kristen Wilke, Office of eLearning, University of Missouri - System, for use on the UMSL campus.