Student Resource Quick Reference

​While these resources aren't necessarily IT-related, and most of them are outside of OIT's control, we've been partnering with offices and collecting as much information as we can about additional resources available to students. Please see below for information provided by CIS in partnership with other offices. We'll do our best to update this as new information is available.

Non-IT resources for students

Keep Learning – Quick Reference List for Students 

As students prepare to keep learning during the evolution of coronavirus, the CMU community provides tips and resources to support students during the transition to online learning.  We must remain connected and stay in touch with each other, be intentional and schedule time to complete course requirements and take care of yourself.  

Campus partners and CMU’s top academic leader, Executive Vice President and Provost Mary C. Schutten share “Pointers from the provost. 

Keep calm and practice self-care. 

  • The CMU Counseling Center shares advice on how to move forward (Video 1:28), and find a new normal during social distancing. 
  • Be kind to yourself. Get plenty of rest, exercise and nutrition. 
  • Remember, this is a new experience for all of us, and we are all doing the best we can.  
  • Read Staying happy in unhappy timesshort article from UCLA Anderson. 
  • View How to manage your mental health (TED talk video 4:46). 
  • Stay positive and know that you can do this, and that we have resources to help you. 
  • View the Open letter (Video | 2:32), from CMU Senior and 2019 Homecoming Gold Ambassador Sydney Reed. 
  • Find time to do something you enjoy – have fun! 


Schedule and prioritize your time. 

  • Spend your time based on what due dates are coming up first.  
  • Create a schedule that puts you well ahead of deadlines.   
  • Reach out to your instructors if you are unsure of changes to the course schedule. Check Blackboard (Bb) for course updates and assignment due dates. 
  • Minimize your distractions in a comfortable space while you are attending your classes remotely. 


Communicate with your instructors and your classmates. 

  • Connect with your individual instructors to determine expectations for remote participation and engagement, as the expectations will likely be different for every class.  
  • A Guide to Successful Communication in the Online Classroom provides quick tips for written communication and includes a sample email. 
  • Log into your courses in Blackboard daily.  Download the Bb App. 
  • Make sure your Bb notifications are set to notify you right away when you receive messages. 
  • Connect, call and text classmates and friends you have made at Central. Stay engaged! 
  • Have regularly scheduled check-ins or have live meetings in WebEx or Microsoft Teams.  
  • Most courses use WebEx for live meetings. Your instructor will provide the access link if live meetings are required in your class.  
  • What it is: Online Courses often meet virtually throughout the duration of the class in a synchronous format. Your instructor will communicate the days and times you are to meet. During a live meeting session, content is usually presented by the instructor, sometimes by the students, questions are asked, and information is shared. Often points are given for participation in the sessions.  
  • How to succeed: Live meetings require more than simple attendance. Your instructor will want to see students engaging with each other, sharing experiences, asking questions, and offering insight. Every effort should be made to participate in the live session, but if that is not possible, your instructor will often allow an alternative assignment to be completed. 
  • How to Join and Participate in a Live WebEx Meeting 
  • WebEx app for mobile devices: 


Tips for Online Learning. 

Ask for help.  

OIT is maintaining a student technology resources page with information about the technology and services available to support students taking classes online. 


Academic Resources: 

       Campus Resources:  

Be Kind! We're all in this together to create a healthy learning environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. 


Check out the CMU coronavirus updates webpage for the latest information and review the frequently asked questions page.  If you have additional questions or concerns, please email 

Fire Up Chips!  And wash your hands!