Online Learning

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Online Learning

Overview | How to Access | Online Library | Guidelines for Success


ELMS (Enterprise Learning Management System) is the online environment that supports most online teaching and learning at UMD. ELMS provides access to static course content (e.g., syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes), as well as access to interactive tools (e.g., discussion groups, live chats, and online assessments) for face-to-face, blended, or online programs. 

Accessing ELMS

Access ELMS. The course instructor must first load the online course into ELMS. Once the course is in ELMS, registered students have automatic access. This occurs no earlier than 72 hours prior to course start date and no less than 24 hours prior to course start date. Only students who are registered and on the official class list can access the course. If students register late, it may take up to 24 hours for ELMS to give online access. If canceled for non-payment, students lose access immediately.

Online Library Usage

For online resources and services, see​ UMD Libraries

Guidelines for Success

Technology and Computer Skill Requirements:

  • A computer with high-speed internet access.
  • ​Skill in operating a computer, navigating the internet, sending and receiving email, uploading and downloading files, opening attachments, downloading applications, and other basic skills.

Communication and Collaboration:

  • Interaction with professors and students may include: chat rooms, forums, threaded discussions, email, teleconferencing, video conferencing, and other venues enriches the learning experience and provides a real opportunity to learn from others.
  • ​Successful students take the initiative to participate in classes and related activities, meet deadlines, and complete all coursework.

Basic Tips:

  • Online learning is rigorous and as demanding as face-to-face, traditional courses. Be prepared to work a minimum of 9-12 hours per week for every 3 credit-hour course you take.
  • ​Read the syllabus and learn the course objectives, due dates and other requirements.
  • Read and study all materials provided in the course including textbooks and supplemental material.
  • Be an active participant in your class.
  • Contact your instructor with questions or clarifications.​
  • Time management is essential. Establish a set period of time each day or week to devote to taking the course and to studying. Avoid procrastination and “cramming.”

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