Preparing for Remote Learning: Ten Crucial Steps for Lehigh Students
As announced on March 12, Lehigh University will move to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester (through the end of final exams on Wednesday, May 13). This guide contains crucial steps Lehigh students should take to help maintain academic productivity.
- Connectivity: Prepare your technology for remote online learning
Determine what computer you will use, find a way to access the internet, and make sure you are ready to connect to Course Site. You may be able to complete some course work and participate in some course activities using a mobile phone that can access the internet. If you are unable to do these things, or if you have any course-related difficulties or questions, inform your instructor right away.
[Update 3/16/20] LTS has created a special Virtual Private Network (VPN) called covidvpn.lehigh.edu (COVID VPN) that will minimize network disruptions for international students while they continue their studies abroad. If you are remoting from a location outside the United States and have difficulty accessing resources required to complete your course work, please consult Staying connected to Lehigh with COVID VPN for instructions on connecting with this new alternate VPN.
- Communications with Faculty
Communication with your instructor is essential in an online learning environment. Visit Course Site regularly to stay aware of new material, activities, and assignments. Your professors will communicate with you through the Course Site Announcement forum and Lehigh email.
- Keeping track of course assignments, due dates, instructor expectations
The key to success in an online course is no different than in a face-to-face class: stay on top of the work. To do so when learning online, you may have to change how and when you complete your coursework. Make an extra effort to focus on class lectures and other course work without distractions. Maintain a schedule for yourself based on faculty instructions so you can keep on top of the work and meet submission dates and deadlines for all of your classes.
Watch this helpful video "5 Tips for Your Newly Online Coursework" created by Lehigh Professor Ziad Munson.
- General tips on participation in online classes
Your Instructor will ask you to participate in interactive activities, such as Zoom sessions or an online discussion forum. Participation is essential. You will be most successful when you are fully present, when you engage in discussions, and when you take opportunities to ask and answer questions.
- Getting the most from live interactive lectures
Your instructors may use Zoom to conduct some or all remote class meetings. Visit our quick tips and best practices to improve your Zoom experience.
- Maintaining academic integrity
Lehigh’s academic integrity standards remain the same whether you are learning online or in a face-to-face class. That means that you may not receive unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations, and that you may not submit the work of another as your own in any assignment. Review the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Senates' Statements on Academic Integrity and Article III of Lehigh’s Code of Conduct. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity as it applies to your online course, ask your instructor or TA. Any suspected violations of the code of conduct will be reported and handled through the University Student Conduct System.
- Finding academic resources online
LUapps provides access to over 60 University-licensed Windows applications in a virtual environment, and can be run any time, anywhere, and from any device. Consider setting up Kumo so that you can access and save to cloud storage environments (such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive).
Access library resources such as the Library Catalog, databases, and E-Journals at https://library.lehigh.edu/. You will use EZproxy to authenticate and access electronic resources from off-campus. Library Instruction and Research Services librarians are able to provide online assistance with research and instruction questions using online chat, zoom, or email. Start with LTS Help.
- Using Course Site
Visit the Student Course Site Guide for additional guidance on how to upload documents to assignments, and complete other tasks.
- Need technical support?
If you need technical support or help with anything covered in this guide, contact the LTS Help Desk.
- Where to find other academic help at Lehigh
- Online Tutoring, Workshops, and Classes (ICAPE)
- Quick Tips on International Students and the Online Classroom (ICAPE | PDF)
- Registrar's COVID-19 FAQ page
- Center for Academic Success
- Writing and Math Center
- Online Writing Lab
- Office of Disability Support
- Counseling & Psychological Services
- Dean of Students Office
- Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion