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March 24, 2020

Tips for Transitioning to Online Learning

As one of the first four-year private institutions to offer full degrees online – beginning back in 1996 – University College at the University of Denver has delivered an engaging, interactive, and effective online learning experience for our students for nearly 25 years. Because of this, we are uniquely prepared to seamlessly deliver our programs entirely online this spring as we all transition to working and studying remotely.

For some of our students, online learning might be a new endeavor. If you’re a first-time online learner, listen to some of our University College alumni about their experience in online courses and review the online learning tips offered below. Together, we’ll continue to grow, learn, and thrive.

Maintain Dedicated Space
It might be at your kitchen table or next to your child’s pile of toys, but it’s important to maintain dedicated work space as you navigate online courses. Keep your books in one spot, have your technology set up, and keep your notes near you.

Leverage Free Technology
Whether using Office365 provided by the University of Denver, or familiarizing yourself with Zoom, be sure you are leveraging the free technology made available to you as a student.

Communicate Early and Often
Reach out to your instructors early in the quarter and find the communication method that works for the two of you. Schedule time to meet via Zoom, introduce yourself via email, or plan a phone call with your instructor.

Stay Consistent with Your Coursework
We’re all living in a new normal, so routine is likely out the window. However, if you can find some consistency throughout the day in terms of when you’ll tackle your coursework, you’ll be better prepared to thrive in your course. It might be an hour during breakfast and in the evening before bed, or maybe your most productive hours are mid-morning or late afternoon. Find what works for your schedule, and the schedule of those around you.

Use Your Resources
As a student studying online through University College, you have access to the resources of a world-class university. My SSP offers telemental health services, the Writing Center provides online appointments, chat one-on-one with a librarian, or access the Online Writing Resource Guide via Canvas.

Questions as you navigate your online coursework? Connect with your academic advisor by contacting the Student Support Center (303-871-2291 or

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