Effective Monday, May 24, 2021, UCO will no longer mandate the use of masks or social distancing. Those who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. Those who have been vaccinated may continue to voluntarily wear a mask if they choose.
Important resources: COVID-19 Testing | Report Exposure/Positive Test | Vaccine Information | COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Reporting | Virtual Services | COVID-19 Website
In the event of a long-term closure, it may become necessary to take your learning experiences from a face-to-face class, into an online environment. Should that be the case, the following resources are available to you to assist with that transition!
Keep in mind, every course instructor will approach the changes to their course differently. It will be important to stay in contact with your instructor and pay attention to any emails or news postings they may send you.
While the university campus is closed long-term, it will be important for you to stay up-to-date with the latest information. Pay close attention to central alerts, email, social media and the UCO website to find out what is happening and what you need to do to continue your journey as a student.
- Central Alert
Central Alert is the emergency notification system that allows UCO officials to send news and instructions simultaneously to individuals via calls, texts, or email. Keep your Central Alert information accurate and up-to-date.
- UCO Email
Be sure to check your official UCO email address regularly during campus closures. Your UCO email is the official communication method between the university, your instructors and you.
- Social Media
UCO's official social media pages are maintained by the Office of University Communications. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and more.
- UCO Website
All official alerts and information will also be posted to the UCO website.
- Internet Resources OneNet, the university's Internet service provider, has compiled a list of telecommunications and internet service providers who are in agreement to not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; to waive any late fees incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; and, to open Wi-Fi hotspots to any American in need.
In addition to staying on top of the latest information from the university, you will want to maintain communication methods with your classes as well. There are a variety of different ways that your instructor can communicate with you and your classmates, information on how to use each is below.
- Read your email!
Email will most likely be the primary source of information for both the university and your classes. Be sure to consistently check (and respond to when necessary!) the official UCO email regularly throughout the closure.
How often should I check my email?
At least two or three times a day. Keep in mind that you will not have face-to-face classes available to ask your instructors questions or find out if there are any updates/changes so checking your email and other communication methods as often as possible will help you stay on top of your assignments and requirements.
- Check D2L News
Many instructors are already using D2L regularly and many more will take those first steps during a long-term closure. The News tool is available on the homepage of every D2L course and provides a quick and easy way to post information/updates for students. Read any information your instructor posts to this homepage!
- Setup Notifications from D2L
Notifications are automatic emails from the D2L system to either your UCO email address or text messages to your cell phone.
- Download and use the Brighstpace PULSE app
This app provides a secure connection to your Learn@UCO courses giving you access to a weekly calendar, personal to-do lists, swipe to reveal grades, course updates, instant notifications and more. A quick and easy way to see everything your instructors have added in Learn@UCO, right from your mobile device. PULSE also takes advantage of the notifications built into your phone's system, making sure that you see the information, when you need to, in a way that works for you!
Your instructors will provide information on any changes to course assignments, due dates, and methods. The following resources will assist you with completing a variety of different assignment types from a distance.
- Meet with Your Instructor and/or Collaborate with Peers
- WebEx Meetings & Webex Teams
Webex Meetings is a video conferencing solution focused on making it easy for participants to join video conferencing sessions from a variety of mobile devices and platforms. Some instructors may choose to use Webex Meetings to host class sessions or you can use Meetings with your peers to work on group projects or study groups. WebEx Teams allow students to connect, in real-time or on their own, with their peers and instructors. Using the webinar software, students are able to video chat, share documents, share screens, and more.
- Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is another new addition to the services available at UCO. A part of the Office 365 suite of tools, it is available to all faculty, staff, and students providing direct links to other 365 resources such as OneDrive, online Office tools, Outlook and more. Teams is the hub for team collaboration in Office 365 that integrates the people, content, and tools your groups need to be more engaged and effective. Learn more about MS Teams, other Office 365 resources and how to use the tools in the knowledge base. If you have not done so already, you will need to first activate your free Office 365 accounts to begin using Teams and other resources.
- Office 365
Office 365 tools are recommended when there will be a collaboration that includes an instructor or requires instructor access for submitting the assignment. All UCO students have a free license to use Microsoft Office 365 resources to collaborate with instructors. Students can activate their licenses by visiting and following the prompts.
- Zoom online meetings and web conferencing
Due to the recent security issues that have come to light in regards to Zoom, OIT recommends that users conducting confidential or sensitive discussions, including PHI, PII, or HIPPA related information, use one of the other UCO supported services.
- WebEx Meetings & Webex Teams
- Participate in Class Discussions
- Take a Quiz or Exam in D2L
Note: The D2L Quiz tool is used for completing all D2L quizzes, exams and tests.
- Complete a D2L Quiz (text and image resource)
- Take a Quiz (video resource)
- Introduction to Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor (video)
- Respondus Lockdown Browser & Respondus Monitor (resources)
- System Requirements for Lockdown Browser & Monitor
- Submit an Assignment to the D2L Assignment Folder
- Adobe Creative Cloud Access from Personal Devices
As your instructor moves assignments online, you may start receiving feedback through D2L as well. Knowing how to access and review that feedback will be an important part of staying current in your courses.
- Grades Tool
The D2L Gradebook provides an online location where instructors can post grades/feedbacks for assignments and activities.
- View Feedback in Assignment Folder
- View Turnitin Feedback through D2L
Disability-related accommodation information given alternative instructional delivery:
- If you are currently registered with Disability Support Services and determine that you need revised or additional accommodations after discussing it with your instructor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-974-2516.
- If you are not currently registered with DSS and determine a need for accommodations based on the alternative instructional delivery, please complete the Student Disability Registration Application.
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