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R-MC Resources for Off-Campus Learning

Provides tutorials and support for using R-MC from off-campus. Last updated Spring 2020.

Tips for Successful Distance Learning

When classroom instruction is interrupted due to emergencies, online tools such as Canvas, Zoom, and Google Drive can be used to continue classes at a distance. This resource guide provides tips and guidance to support online learning at R-MC during the coronavirus outbreak.


Here are some general guidelines for being successful at distance learning:

  • Establish a good workspace and keep that space consistent
  • Stay on top of your syllabus
  • Engage in conversations online, either in message boards or video conferencing
  • Stay organized
  • Be disciplined to do work at the same time every day; hold yourself accountable
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Manage time wisely
  • Stay in communication with your classmates/peers and Instructor
  • Seek help when needed

You may have more writing heavy assignments during this time, it can't hurt to check with the Communication Center for a little writing help.

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Zoom - synchronous (real-time) video conferencing

Zoom allows you to participate in synchronous (real-time) video conferencing. You can chat, go into breakout rooms, chat with others in class, and share your screen (for example, you could share a presentation you had created in PowerPoint or Google Slides).

**Test your Zoom connection any time**

You can test your video, audio, sharing your screen, and chatting.

Things to know about Zoom:

  • You can join Zoom with your browser (Chrome or Firefox work best) or you can download the Zoom application on your computer.
  • You can join a Zoom meeting within Canvas using the Zoom link available in your course
  • You can go to to start a Zoom meeting with other students



Some students experience problems accessing scheduled Zoom meetings from Canvas; they do not have a "Join" button available in their Canvas. Please refer to this troubleshooting information


Sometime Zoom video freezes or cuts out completely.  To combat this:

  • Turn off your video feed and only rely on audio
  • Quit the meeting and rejoin


Have Questions? Visit Zoom's FAQ