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Supporting students with remote learning

Week-long campaign uses social media, online events, webinars, and workshops to help build skills and confidence.

Academics Week will connect students with resources that support a successful, less stressful academic experience.

For many students, this year is their first experience with remote education. As the halfway mark of the fall semester approaches, the Student Experience Office and Student Academic Success Services (SASS) in Student Affairs have teamed up to help students build skills and confidence in the online environment.

Level Up: Academics Week, launching October 19 with an Instagram Live, is a collection of live online events and posts that highlight resources and academic hacks for remote learning.

The goal is to connect students to resources that support a successful, less stressful academic experience.

“Upon speaking to my peers from various faculties and years, the transition to online learning has been more difficult than we maybe initially thought,” says Veronica Sewilski, Student Assistant, Student Experience Office. “Academics Week will hopefully shine a light on the supports available at Queen’s as we head into the latter half of this online semester.”

The week begins by showcasing a virtual meeting with a SASS Learning Strategist on IG Live, giving students the opportunity to see what a one-on-one remote appointment looks like and how talking to an expert might help boost their confidence about their academics. This is followed by a workshop with peer learning assistants discussing learning tips, creating both a sense of community and a safe environment to ask the questions that can lead to an easier online learning experience.

Other events throughout the week include sessions with Student Affairs staff, Arts and Science academic advisors, and more. Throughout Academics Week, students can learn how to tackle several areas of concern related to remote learning, including finding balance and staying healthy while studying from home.

From writing assignments to accessing student services, students can feel part of a community at Queen’s that is supporting them and guiding them to academic and personal success.

“Hosting many aspects of this initiative on social media will allow us to bring the supports and services to students, so they can better understand how and where to access them,” says Meg Ferriman, Director of Student Life, Student Experience Office. Accordingly, Level Up: Academics Week offers its events through a variety of familiar platforms, including Instagram, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.

“We want to ensure students are aware that, while student life is currently different from the experience of the typical term, there are resources available at Queen’s to help everyone succeed,” says Susan Korba, Director, SASS. “By creating a community of students, peers, and professionals, Academics Week sends an important message: We are all in this together.”

See the full Academics Week calendar of events.