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E-Learning and Instructional Support

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
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Office: (248) 370-4566
Help: (248) 805-1625

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Student Resources

Online Learning Resources for Students

Oakland University offers over 30 fully-online programs as well as numerous online courses each semester. In addition to the programs, OU also offered several different Academic Experiences as part of the Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

e-Learning and Instructional Support prepares faculty to teach online, but we are also a resource for students who are learning online. Whether you are just getting started, or using our Student Help Library to find support for our specific tools and application, here, you’ll find plenty of resources to help you succeed. 

We are here for you!

Schedule of Online Courses Online Student Services

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First Steps
  1. Read this Guide First: Student Guide for Online Learning (rev. 8/17/2021).
  2. Make sure you have the technology and connectivity needed.
    • Students who lack computers to complete coursework remotely should contact the Student Technology Center for information regarding available resources.
    • If you do not have a reliable internet connection, check with your cell phone provider, many are offering expanded data services at little or no cost
    • If you are having trouble, be sure to communicate with your professor.
  3. Instructor Communications
    • Understand how your instructor prefers to communicate with you. This information is often found in the syllabus.
  4. Review the syllabus for each of your courses and make a plan.
  5. Alternative formats of course materials are available by using Blackboard Ally. This tool provides increased digital accessibility for all students.
  6. Stay organized. We like the various tools for staying on track.  
    • Google Keep - Take notes, develop tasks lists, set reminders and share them with Google Keep.
    • Google Tasks - If you like checking boxes when a job is done, enable Google Tasks. These simple checklists make it easy to prioritize and group to-do lists.
    • Trello - Trello is the flexible and customizable way to organize plans and projects.

Online Learning Tips

Do’s and Don’ts of Online Learning

DO develop a study schedule. Plan out when you will study. Following the plan will help keep you focused and on task.

DO break up study sessions. Avoid cramming by breaking study times into chunks with frequent breaks.

DO ask for help. Professors are here to help you! When you are struggling with a concept, communicate with them. Also, use your fellow classmates for help as well.

DO shut off technology that will distract you. Set your phone to silent, close down the social media pages and turn off your e-mail notifications during your study blocks to keep yourself productive.

DO plan ahead. Make sure you know when assignments are due and the process for taking exams.

DO explore our help resources on the getting help tab and check out our favorite organization tools on the first steps tab.


DON’T procrastinate. Hold yourself accountable with a study schedule and task lists. Waiting until the last minute to do assignments will not help you succeed.

DON’T disengage with the course. Actively participate in online discussions, interact with your fellow classmates, take part in any “live” sessions and stay in contact with your professor.

DON’T study in your bed. Have a designated study area with minimal distractions. Creating a good work environment will help you to stay focused on the task at hand.