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Student Resources for Remote Learning

Please read the Getting Started section before proceeding

Attending a class remotely

Activity Methods Location
Your instructor holds a virtual class or review session via video conferencing:

Using Zoom Video Conferencing 

If you already have a Zoom License (Personal or Ross):

  • Please Do Not use Zoom to share PHI (Personal Health Information) or other sensitive data at this time
  • Please keep using the Zoom license you have
  • Please contact We will assist you in transitioning to a University license.

If you don't have a Zoom License:

Getting Started with Zoom:

  1. Download and install the Zoom app (5-10 minutes)
  2. Login with Google using your University of Michigan account to create a new Zoom account
  3. Your instructor will send a meeting invite through your calendar, as a Canvas link or directly in an email

Additional Notes:

  • To share a personal audio or video feed, you will need a webcam and/or microphone. You can also use your smartphone to share video / audio.
  • You can use the Class Absence Reporting application to let your instructor know you will be attending remotely.
  • Getting Started with Zoom
Any Location

Attending Office Hours and discussions remotely

Your instructor holds Office Hours or an outside of class discussion via videoconferencing:

Your instructor will provide you a link in Canvas or via email to Zoom. Video conferencing with Zoom allows for medium and small size courses to meet virtually. Tools include: chat, whiteboard, screen sharing, annotation tool, breakout rooms, file sharing.

Getting Started with Zoom

Other tools your instructor may use:

Canvas Discussions allow students and instructors to hold a virtual class discussion from various remote locations. (best for asynchronous discussion)

Canvas Discussions How to Information

Canvas Chat allows students and instructors to hold a real-time class discussion from various remote locations. (best for synchronous discussion)

Canvas Chat How to Information

Canvas Groups allow the instructor to quickly and automatically break students into pairs or groups for a course activity like think-pair-share via a Group Discussion or Assignment.

Canvas Groups How to information

Web/Video Conference Solutions

 U-M ITS Videoconferencing Tool Comparison

  Product Support Host a Meeting Tips for hosting a meeting Join a Meeting Tips for joining a meeting
Zoom: Zoom Product Support Host a Zoom Meeting Review how to host a Zoom Meeting for instructions on hosting a Zoom meeting. Join a Zoom Meeting Enter the Meeting ID provided to you from the meeting organizer
Google Meet: Google Meet Support Host a Google Meet Getting Started with Google Meet Join a Google Meet Click on Google Meet URL (link) from email or Canvas link.
Webex: Webex Product Support Host a Webex Meeting
(license needed)

Ensure you have the Webex app installed on your device first. If you do not have the app installed, consult this page to download and install the Webex Desktop App.

How to start a Webex Meeting

Join a Webex Meeting Click on the meeting invite link from your Calendar app.

Screen Capture/Recording Solutions

  Product Support Tips for screen recording Save screen recording Tips for sharing screen recordings
Camtasia: Camtasia Product Support Record the screen and audio Save Camtasia screen recordings How to post Camtasia screen recordings
Kaltura: Kaltura Product Support

Capture and Recording Options

Save Kaltura screen recordings How to post Kaltura screen recordings

How to conduct Research remotely

Connect to university research resources: A U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN) is required to access the Great Lakes HPC Cluster,
Access research data storage: Contact ARC-TS at to arrange alternative access to your data if you cannot access data stored on Turbo Research Storage, Locker Large-File Storage, or Data Den Research Archive.
Data transfer: For reliable file transfers with or without VPN, use Globus File Transfer to access your research data. Globus is supported on the Great Lakes HPC Cluster, Lighthouse HPC Cluster, ConFlux, and the ThunderX Cluster. For other systems continue to use scp/sftp or other supported transfer. Contact for help.
Factset: More information to come.

Teaching and Student Engagement

How Students attend class Remotely

Attend class remotely: If you need to attend class remotely, check with your instructor. You may be asked to join lectures in real time via Zoom or in Canvas.
University software: Most software provided in the Campus Computing Sites can also be accessed from personal or university devices using Virtual Sites or Apps Anywhere.
General tips for learning and studying remotely: Download the Canvas app to view class materials and participate online from your mobile device. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.