SJSU has many tools, strategies and programs available to help support your success. Learn about various types of online learning environments. Discover tools and resources available to you. Check your readiness to take courses online and identify areas for training and support.
Check your Readiness for Online Learning
Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire
Online courses offer a flexible and unique method of learning. But they require students to manage their own learning in a different way than face-to-face classes.You can assess your readiness for online learning and identify areas for additional training such as time management, or communication skills, by completing our questionnaire.
Additional Support for Online Learning
New to online classes? Looking for more support for online learning in Fall 2020?
SJSU is offering a new 1-unit course to help students master the basics:
COMM 80A: Succeeding in Online Classes.
This Credit/No-credit class will introduce you to a variety of successful strategies, tools, and technologies common to SJSU’s online environment. You will have the chance to practice using different features of Canvas, Zoom, Google Suite and more. You will learn about campus resources and important skills like time management and strategies to maintain well-being. And you will do this over a full semester with guidance from an expert instructor and a group of supportive classmates.
This course is highly recommended for students who experienced challenges with the transition to online learning in Spring 2020 and are seeking to improve their academic success this fall.
We know that taking classes online is not every student’s first choice, but we are here to help you develop the skills and mindset you need to succeed and keep up your progress toward graduation.
Questions? Feel free to reach out to Roxanne Cnudde, COMM Center Director and COMM 80A Instructor, Roxanne.Cnudde@sjsu.edu
Online Learning Environments
How can you tell which type of online class you are taking?
- Synchronous classes will have a regular meeting time listed.
- Asynchronous classes will have TBA listed under Days & Times.
Be sure to check the syllabus for additional course-specific information.
A learning methodology where students are engaging in learning at the same time that it is taught. For instance, face-to-face video conferencing where students can directly communicate with their teacher.
An online learning environment where students' learning does not occur at the same time that it is delivered. This approach combines self-study with asynchronous interactions to promote learning.
Online learning resources that can be used to support asynchronous learning include Canvas, online discussion boards, wikis and blogs.
Hybrid instruction takes place both in person and online. This mode is scheduled even if one campus meeting is required.
For example, a hybrid course might meet twice a week with one day on campus and the other day online.
Online Learning Tips & Tools
Tips for Online Students
Online learning is a great way to expand your knowledge in a flexible and time-efficient way. We have collected few of the useful resources to increase your productivity.
- Tips on Using Zoom
- Communication and Netiquette Expectations
With freedom to voice your opinion and personal thoughts on the web comes responsibility. Keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Identify yourself by your real name.
- Write in the first person (this is your opinion).
- Use humor, joking, or sarcasm with caution.
- What you write is public—respect your audience and be mindful of proper netiquette.
- Be professional, clear and respectful.
- Read and formulate communications carefully.
- Be tolerant and cooperative.
- Remember, the course is online.
- Use proper headings and subject lines.
- Provide enough detail in your messages.
This content is offered under a CC Attribution license.
- Minimum Technology Needs
Most courses will require students to have a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer with a webcam. NOTE: If you have a Chromebook you will not be able to use the Respondus proctoring software due to an incompatibility issue.
Check the syllabus for each of your classes to see what technology is required.
See the How-To page for information on proctoring and other software available for download.
See the Technology page for information on the free SJSU Equipment Loaning program.
Student Lingo is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans, and resources focused on helping students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.
Online learning modules include:
- 10 Tips for Success in your Online Course (12 min)
- Effectively Communicating Online (13 min)
- Online Courses: Staying Motivated and Disciplined (11 min)
- Taking Online Tests: Strategies for Success (11 min)
Student Lingo is available through the One.SJSU Portal.Review the guide to access your Student Lingo account to get started.
SJSU has a full subscription to LinkedIn Learning. This gives all students, staff, and faculty access to self-paced learning content whenever and wherever you want it. Whether you are looking to refresh skills you’ve forgotten, need some advice about managing life as a college student, or want to master new software, LinkedIn Learning has what you need. Plus, when you complete a course on LinkedIn Learning, you have the option of adding that certificate to your LinkedIn profile where future employers
can see your initiative and expertise!
Access LinkedIn Learning from one.sjsu.edu. You can also begin your exploration of of LinkedIn Learning by looking at these courses:
View the How to Use LinkedIn Learning short course.