Going Online

Going Online - A Step by Step Guide

Learning Online

Whether you've chosen an online program, or individual online classes to add flexibility to your schedule, USU has prepared online resources to help you succeed.  We encourage you to follow the steps below and to explore the available student resources so you are prepared for a successful learning experience.

Getting Started

After you have applied to USU and registered for an online class, follow the steps below to make sure that you’re set up and ready to go.

  1. Access your online course through USU Canvas.
  2. View your course announcements and syllabus.
  3. We recommend students download a Canvas mobile app for iOS or Android to receive notification and participate in courses.
  4. Review Student Tips for Using Zoom to view live and recorded lectures.
  5. Review information about online proctoring for final exams if needed.
  6. Join the USU Online MyUSU group to interact with other online students and recieve important updates and information.
  7. Review the available Academic Support resources. 
  8. Need help? Review additional resources for student success.

To be successful learning online, it is important to login often to complete coursework. Engage with your classmates, and communicate regularly with your instructor. View additional online study tips to make the most of your online course experience.

Commonly Used Software and Tools

These tools facilitate learning and communication between students and their classmates and professors. Visit this page for more information and tutorials on these and additional tools.

  • Canvas: used for assignment submission, file distribution, and class communication
  • Proctorio: online test proctor
  • Kaltura: records and streams instructor- and student-made media
  • Turnitin: plagiarism checking software available to students to check cited sources
  • Ally: access alternative formats to course materials
  • Zoom: web conferencing application used for real-time sessions

Canvas Overview for Students


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