Sometimes unforeseen circumstances occur during the semester and necessitate a change in the way classes are delivered. In the event that classes need to be held remotely, a variety of digital tools can be used to ensure that learning still occurs. This resource is specifically for students whose professors are using remote teaching methods and practices to support teaching and learning activities, in addition to students who collaborate with their peers remotely on coursework.

Preparing for remote learning

  • Bring your books, class notes, assignments and any other resources you need with you before you leave the College.
  • Create a productive workspace. This means finding a quiet space, ensuring a reliable Internet connection, and having some familiarity with the technology you’ll use.
  • Check your email or Moodle course site for communications from your professor.

Using Google Meet

If your professor intends to use Google Meet for remote collaboration (e.g., holding class remotely, office hours), review Getting Started with Google Meet as well as review the information below.

How do I join a Google Meet session?

You can join the session through the link given to you by your professor, whether through email, a calendar invitation, a post in your Moodle course, etc.

What if I don't have access to the Internet or a laptop?

All Google Meet sessions include a phone number for participants to join.

What if I don't have a webcam?

Even without a webcam you can join Google Meet sessions with a mic or by phone. But, if your session requires you join with video, reach out to your professor.

Can I use my smartphone?

Yes, Google Meet is available for iOS and Android devices.

What features can I use during a Google Meet session?

You can use the chat box to communicate with individuals or the entire class (e.g. share links, etc.) or share your screen. More information can be found in the Getting Started with Google Meet resource under “Additional Information.”

What if I am having an issue joining the meeting?

First, consider the alternative options such as calling in by phone. Be sure to contact your professor if you are unable to join.

What are other things I should know?

It’s a best practice to mute your mic when you are not speaking. Unmute your mic to speak, or communicate via the chat box.

Remote Peer Collaboration

My professor would like me to collaborate remotely with others on assignments. What are some collaboration tools I might be able to use?

Google Meet

You can create a Google Meet session with your peers, share your screen and use the chat box to share links to Google Docs and other files. Refer to the Getting Started with Google Meet guide.

Google Drive

Google Drive can be used to share and collaborate on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. See the Google Drive help page for more information.