Best Practices & Tips for Students Using Classroom Technology
Internet and Computer Checklist
For remote learning:
- Use a computer that meets the minimum requirements for VSU online classes.
- If possible, use a broadband internet connection for Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams.
- If necessary, turn off your camera to conserve bandwidth and to view the instructors screen share without interruption.
- Test your microphone and camera in advance of your class.
- Charge your wireless headset before a lesson if you will be using one.
- Unmute the microphone or raise the mic volume setting if others cannot hear you.
- Make sure your camera or microphone is turned on throughout the class session, if required.
Class Environment and Participation
Remote Students: Pick a location that is adequate for remote learning. A location with little to no background noise can help with concentration and minimize class disruption.
Both: Speak clearly and loudly. Voice pacing, enunciation, and projection impact comprehension and listening, especially when you ask questions or bring up points in class.
Both: Check your emails or messages daily for instructor announcements or communications.
- Blackboard: For resources and tutorials on using Blackboard, visit eLearning's resource page: Blackboard Collaborate
- Microsoft Teams: For resources and tutorials on using Teams, visit the designated IT page: Microsoft Teams
- Download the Student Teams Quick Start Guide
- Thinking Storm: All users can utilize online tutoring through VSU’s ThinkingStorm service as an alternative to face-to-face tutoring.
- Solutions Center: For assistance with connecting to your class, please submit a help request by visiting the VSU Technology Services Portal or giving VSU Solution Center a call (229-245-4357).
- Solutions Center
1500 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, Georgia 31698
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698
VSU Solutions Center
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Mon-Thurs: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm