This page is intended to help students enrolled in UNT mathematics classes during this extraordinary time when all face-to-face mathematics classes have been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
learnanywhere.unt.edu helps students transition to online courses in temporary situations. Includes resources on Canvas and Zoom.
What does moving online mean?
The exact answer will vary with the course and the instructor, but it does NOT mean learning without an instructor. Many math instructors will be following a synchronous model, meaning that they plan to continue to lecture via Zoom at their regularly scheduled class times. Some math instructors will be following an asynchronous model, whereby they will add pre-recorded videos and other learning resources to Canvas and be available to their students for individualized help or discussions, which may or may not occur during regularly scheduled class times.
What do I need to learn math effectively remotely
In most instances, it would be ideal to have the following:
- A quiet place to work and study
- A reliable and fast internet connection; note that many providers are waiving data caps while the virus is active.
- A computer screen that is not too small. Monitors for a desktop computer, laptops, and tablets should be fine. Cell phone screens might be too small to be practical. Note that Willis library has a limited number of laptops available for checkout.
- A computer with a microphone.
- If your instructor will be using Respondus Monitor for proctored exams, you may need a webcam. Note that many webcams have microphones built in. Many laptops have both microphones and webcams built in.
- If your instructor will be using Zoom to proctor exams, you will need either a webcam OR a cell phone with a camera and the Zoom app installed.
- If your course will continue to have more traditional paper homework, you will need some kind of scanner. This can be a cell phone with a camera and a good quality free scanner app; see below for some suggestions.
Advice for Scanning and Uploading Written Math Homework in Canvas
Recommended apps: Office Lens; CamScanner; Simple Scan (by Easy Inc.); Genius Scan
Advice for using these scanner apps:
- Please do not take a picture, use one of the recommended apps above.
- Lay on a flat surface and use a well lit area,
- Always adjust your filter to black & white no matter which app you choose to use.
- Use a pen or a very dark pencil.
- Plain, lined and graph papers all work well as long as you use a pen or very dark pencil.
- Convert your entire assignment to one PDF file (with mutiple pages if necessary) and upload one file into Canvas.
Online Tutoring & Other Online Help Resources
Students can borrow laptops from Willis Library.
Virtual Computer Lab Access
There are several ways to remotely access some UNT computer labs, including access to specialized software, including things like Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab.
- Log in remotely to one of the campus compuer labs: https://itservices.cas.unt.edu/covid-19/labs
- or check out the virtual computer lab: https://it.unt.edu/virtual-lab
Willis Library Computer Lab
The Willis Library computer lab might be open even when the rest of the campus is closed. It would be wise to call first before coming to campus.