UCO will have a few different options for course delivery including Extended Classroom. Regardless of how you will interact with your classes this semester, there are a variety of resources available to help you get started, stay involved and be successful.
Much like every business, industry and/or colleague will use different tools to accomplish their tasks, each of your course instructors may also use different tools. Stay in contact with your instructor, pay attention to any emails or news postings they may send you and stay aware of the resources you have available to you.
You've heard it before but things are changing daily. While the current plan includes a combination of on-campus and virtual opportunities, it will be important for you to stay up-to-date with the latest information from the university. 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 stay involved.
|UCO's Coronavirus Website
All official alerts and information will also be posted to UCO's official Coronavirus update page.
UCO's official social media pages are maintained by the Office of University Communications. Follow UCO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.
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.
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. How to Access UCO Student Email
Tips & Resources to Be Successful
If you are a part of an Extended Class section, and will therefore be joining your course virtually rather than on-campus, this tab contains resources to help you connect and engage. This will be a different way of attending class for many students but your instructors are working hard to ensure that it will a valuable opportunity for all students, regardless of location.
The first step you should take is to find out what webinar platform your instructor(s) will be using to allow you to join the class in real time. Each platform has different features and your instructors have selected the tool that will best suit the needs of your course and content.
It is recommended that all Extended Class section students join via the desktop app for the best experience and utilize headphones with a built-in microphone to participate virtually. View other suggested technology resources in the Personal Computer Recommendations knowledge base article.
Webinar Platforms Supported at UCO
- Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is a part of the Office 365 suite of tools. This platform 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.
- WebEx Meetings and 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.
Zoom offers the ability to create online virtual meetings via the web using audio and video conferencing hosted service all supported via mobile devices, desktops and room systems. Zoom also offers group messaging and screen sharing capabilities.
Due to the 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.
Most of your courses at UCO will use D2L, the Learning Management System, to submit assignments, participate in online discussions, track grades and provide news/notifications. The following information/resources will help you get started with using the various tools within your D2L courses.
Introduction to D2L and How to Access Your Courses
- Check D2L News
The News tool is available on the homepage of every D2L course and provides a quick and easy way for instructors to post information/updates for students. Read any information your instructor posts to this area.
- 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!
Completing Class Assignments
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.
- Participate in Class Discussions
- Take a Quiz or Exam in D2L
- Complete a D2L Quiz (text and image resource)
- Take a Quiz (video resource)
- Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor (video)
- Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor (resources)
- System Requirements for LockDown Browser and Monitor
- Submit an Assignment to the D2L Assignment Folder
Reviewing Your Grades/Assessment
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.
If you have a disability or need for additional resources to be successful, many groups across UCO's campus are working closely with Disability Support Services and the Digital Accessibility Consultant to ensure that those resources are made available.
- If you are currently registered with Disability Support Services and determine that you need revised or additional accommodations after discussing it with your instructor, 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 your course delivery, complete the Student Disability Registration Application.
Disability Support Services has various assistive technology equipment available for loan free of charge to students on a semester basis. This includes hearing devices, visual aid devices and specialized equipment for specific services. DSS maintains the equipment, loans to registered DSS students and is available to train students on use and care as needed. For students to use the equipment, they must be registered with DSS. Equipment may be picked up and returned to DSS in Room 305, NUC.
Wheelchairs are available for loan free of charge to the university community, regardless of registration with DSS. Equipment may be picked up and returned to DSS in Room 305, NUC.
For questions or issues regarding Assistive Technology Equipment, please contact DSS at 405-974-2516 or email@example.com.
Ally and Alternative Formats Available in D2L
To help ensure you have access to your digital learning materials in formats that work for your different devices and learning needs, D2L now includes a new feature called Ally. Next to your course files, you’ll find an icon for a dropdown menu. Simply select the dropdown icon and then select “Alternative Formats.” You’ll see a list of options from which to choose.
Download speed will depend on the file size.Depending on the type of document, you may find some or all of the options below available:
- An OCRed PDF which is used to improve the text of scanned documents
- A Tagged PDF with improved navigation, especially if you use a screen reader
- An HTML version that will allow you to adjust the text for your mobile devices
- An ePub version if you use an eReader or tablet
- An Electronic Braille version if you’re a braille reader
- An audio version for listening to an MP3