Online Learning Resources

Find ways to optimize your learning strategies while becoming familiar with the tools you may use in your online course.

Am I Ready for Learning Online?


Assess your readiness for learning online using this short survey from Simon Fraser University. You can also find recommendations to prepare to succeed as an online learner.

Avenue to Learn

Navigate Brightspace Learning Environment – Navigation – Learner

Learn how to access your course, complete quizzes, submit assignments, participate in discussions, and access your grades in this set of tutorials on Brightspace (the Learning Management System used at McMaster University).


Joining & Configuring Audio & Video

Quickly learn how to join a virtual classroom that takes place in Zoom.


How to | Join a Webex Meeting Video Conference

Quickly learn how to join a virtual classroom that takes place on the WebEx videoconference tool.


Connecting with Microsoft Teams as a Student

Learn how to use Microsoft Teams to connect with your instructor and class or participate in a virtual classroom.

Effective Strategies for Online Learning

Effective Online Learning Strategies

Learn what you can do before, during, and after online learning sessions. This tip sheet will also provide recommendations to set up your study space to learn effectively from home.

Online Courses

Many courses that were originally in-person are now online. There may be several differences from the typical course offerings. For example, expectations around discussions are one way your courses may change. This tip sheet will go over how to engage in online discussions through writing high-quality discussion posts and strategies to learn effectively in an online format.

FEATURED E-BOOK: Learning to Learn Online

Learn how to be a self-directed learner, apply learning strategies to improve your learning process, manage your time, communicate professionally, and use effective reading strategies.

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