Online Learning Expectations

Virtual learning expectations

While you engage in learning virtually—whether through Zoom, Google hangouts, email, blogs, group chats, video chats, etc.—please know that the expectations for participation and conduct are the same as if you were taking the class in person. The following expectations for participation in online learning (via Zoom, Google hangouts, email, group chats, etc.) apply to all students:

  • Students have the right to express themselves and participate freely in an online class.
  • Students are expected to treat each other, instructor(s), and all other staff members with courtesy and respect.
  • Only individuals registered and enrolled in a particular course may access the course materials, lectures, group discussions, etc. in the online environment, unless otherwise approved by the instructor. Links to course materials, including video meetings, should not be shared with individuals who are not enrolled in the course unless otherwise approved by the instructor.
  • Offensive or inappropriate language or images should not be used in any form of communication e.g., emails, discussion postings, group projects, and submitted assignments. This includes background images and settings in Zoom and other video platforms.
  • The discussion area of the course is reserved for postings related to course work only. Postings of a personal or non-academic nature are not permitted and may be removed by the instructor should they appear.
  • Grades and personal issues should be handled by private email or chat to the instructor.
  • Emails or chats to the instructor that are considered offensive or inappropriate will be sent back to the writer with a request to rewrite and resubmit.
  • If students receive inappropriate emails or chats from others in the class, they should notify the instructor immediately.

Academic integrity

Expectations around academic integrity remain the same View the University of Minnesota Student Conduct Code if you have questions about these expectations. The following tips will help you complete your work:

  • Read your syllabus: Your instructor will detail what is acceptable and not acceptable for classwork, homework, papers, and exams.
  • Contact your instructor: It is important to engage in self-advocacy. If you have questions about what is expected or allowed for work, ask your instructor. With classes transitioning outside of the physical classroom, instructors will have expectations about collaboration and what constitutes scholastic dishonesty.
  • Plan ahead: Leave yourself plenty of time to study for exams and write papers. If you need an extension on a due date, ask your instructor.
  • Always do your own work: Unauthorized collaboration on assignments, papers, or exams could constitute scholastic dishonesty. If you are unsure about what collaboration is allowed, ask your professor.
  • Follow testing instructions: Ensure you are following requirements from your instructor about completing exams. This may include information about notes, sharing of information, and collaboration.