Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Staying on Track: Tips and Resources for Online Classes

University services are available to support you and your success during this trying time no matter where you are. You’re a Husky and we’re Huskies, too.

Check this page often for updates and links to new resources and information. While you’re at it, check the University’s COVID-19 page, to keep informed of the updates happening at Michigan Tech.

Taking Online Classes

Reset Expectations

Plan for lectures, homework, exams, and office hours.

Set Up the Technology

The IT Help Desk is ready to help you access Canvas, technology, and downloading software. And, technology is available for loan through IT on a limited basis. Email it-help@mtu.edu for more information.

Use Support Resources

If you find you need help, reach out to us. The Dean of Students, academic advisors, and staff members at the Learning Centers, Counseling Services, and Student Disability Services are all here for you. Most student support staff are available via phone or virtually through Google Hangouts or Zoom. If you know who to reach out to, email them. If you aren’t sure who to ask, contact success@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3558.

Be Accountable

Though we’re working remotely, we’re still in this together. Keep in mind that your instructors may be breaking new ground, too. Patience, honesty, and a willingness to give and accept feedback will be integral to everyone’s success for the rest of the semester. Keep University values in mind and support each other as best you can. 

Important Information

Virtual Learning Centers

Learning Centers have set up virtual hours.  Here is a current list of how to access appointments.

Tips for Taking Online Classes

These eight suggestions may help you be successful in an online setting.

Here are some more practices to help you get and stay on track if you are still struggling.

Student Resources and Services Summer 2020

Summer 2020 Schedules for Student Services and Resources

How to Schedule a Zoom Meeting

If you need to hold group meetings, Scheduling a Zoom Meeting might be especially useful. Plus, you can record your meetings in case team members can't attend.

Make it a PDF: Camera Scanners

Want to convert homework or other information to PDF format? Apps such as Genius Scan and Google’s PhotoScan make it possible.

Withdrawing from a Class

To withdraw from a class, use your mtu.edu email to contact the Registrar's office at registrar@mtu.edu with the following information: your name, M-Number, and the course number of the class from which you would like to withdraw (for example: MA0975).

Students should always work with their academic advisor and financial aid to make sure withdrawing from a class does not have an unexpected impact on progress or rate of completion. Students do not need advisor communication to drop a co-curricular course.