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Online Learning

Get familiar with the tools you may need. These are the most common tools your instructors may use in your courses. Use the tabs below to learn where to go to access your course, how to access Microsoft Teams and more!

Canvas: Most instructors use Canvas to manage course content and interact with students. This is where you will find course syllabi, assignments, discussion boards and announcements. More information is available at Student Help for Canvas.

LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor: Your instructor may use one or both options for online exams. Check out the quick start guide or video.  

CASA: If you are enrolled in an online MATH course, you will likely access course materials through the CASA site. In order to continue accessing materials beyond the first day of class, you will need to purchase an access code from the UH Campus Store.

You are encouraged to use a laptop, tablet or desktop to optimize the online learning experience. Smartphones and other mobile devices are convenient but may lack full functionality.

Minimum Technology Requirements

If you need technology, or funds to pay for equipment or upgrades, UH offers several resources. If you need to borrow a laptop, please email uit-laptops@uh.edu.

Using a smart phone as a webcam might be appropriate for online meetings, but if your instructor requires the use of online proctoring software for exams, then you will need an actual webcam for your computer. There are several apps available to convert your smartphone into a webcam. Please note these apps will require that you download both an app on your smartphone and additional software on either a Windows or Mac computer. You will also need a cable to connect your smartphone to your computer, such as lightning to USB-C/A for iPhone or USB-C to USB-C/A for Android phones. Get help changing the default camera in Chrome.

Windows and Mac

Windows Only

Microsoft Office 365 is the University of Houston’s official cloud storage, communication, collaboration, and productivity platform for faculty, staff, and students. Find quick start guides for Microsoft 365 apps like Excel, Teams and Word. Office 365 is also available for mobile devices. Learn how to set-up apps and email on your mobile device. You should receive or request a UH Exchange email account to communicate with your instructor. UH Exchange can be accessed via Office 365 and is the preferred method for communicating with your instructors.

Microsoft Teams is a powerful tool for collaborating and connecting with your instructor and classmates. Your instructor might use Teams for scheduled class meetings and/or group projects. Get started with Teams (see also the UH TEAMS STUDENT GUIDE).

Need help with any of these tools? Contact University Information Technology Support.

Zoom is an app that allows you to set up virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and other collaborative capabilities. Your instructor might use Zoom to deliver live or recorded lectures, hold class meetings and/or office hours. You don't need an account to attend a Zoom meeting, but you will need to download the software on your computer or mobile device. Learn how to join a Zoom meeting..

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