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Preparing for Terp Young Scholars-Online


Online Tutorials

Terp Scholars-Online is designed to introduce students to rigorous college-level coursework. The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. UMD maintains an electronic learning management system (ELMS) used to organize teaching. ELMS delivers online course content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. It is highly recommended that students participate in the following online tutorials.

Student Orientation to ELMS-Canvas 

  • This is a self-paced online tutorial covering topics such as explaining ELMS, minimum requirements for browser/plug-in compatibility, browser security issues and recommendations, how to access the course, taking a quiz, communicating with other students, and more. 

OSSO (Online Student Success Course)

  • This self-paced tutorial introduces students to strategies for successfully completing an online course. Content is delivered through short videos, activities, and quizzes.

Web Conferencing Tools

UMD faculty may use one of the following web conferencing tools to deliver the course, host office hours, and hold online meetings. These conferencing tools have a variety of interactive features to help you collaborate and connect online. Your instructor will provide information on which one they’ll use as well as a link within the ELMS course page to these tools.

  • WebEx
  • Zoom: In addition to getting a link from your instructor for using Zoom for all course-related activities, all students are assigned a Zoom Pro account that also allows them to host Zoom meetings external to their course.
    • After the confirmation of admission process, use your Directory ID and password to access your Zoom Account.
    • Virtual Backgrounds: Zoom includes a virtual background feature that allows users to display an image as their background during virtual meetings. When utilizing Zoom for online learning, students are encouraged to utilize a virtual background. For a selection of UMD scenes to add Maryland pride to your virtual meetings, visit UMD Video Conferencing Backgrounds. Terp Scholars can also upload their own classroom appropriate images as their virtual background.

Textbooks

Courses may or may not require a textbook. Textbook requirements are posted by the instructor at least three weeks prior to the course start date. All students are responsible for obtaining their own course materials. Textbooks may be purchased from any textbook store or online vendor. Textbook costs are not included in online program package fee.

Determine whether your course requires a textbook: 

  • Visit: www.testudo.umd.edu
  • Select Schedule of Classes
  • Select Summer Session
  • Select Course Listing
  • Select the course/department acronym, e.g. ARCH for Architecture.
  • Find the course you are registered for with the section number of "YS41" or "YS42"
  • Select Books

Additional Resources

While participating in Terp Young Scholars, you will need to gain access to several webpages that will give you access to UMD resources. Familiarize yourself with the pages below in preparation for your course.

Testudo

Testudo includes links to the following resources you may need:

  • Change of Address/E-mail
  • Grant and Remove Parent Access
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Student Schedule
  • Transcript Request and Status

ELMS-Canvas

ELMS is the learning management system used at the University of Maryland. ELMS delivers online course content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Program mentors will utilize ELMS as the primary mode of contact with Terp Scholars during the program.

Stay up to date with your Terp Young Scholars course by ensuring that your ELMS-Canvas notification settings are set to provide you with alerts about new announcements, content, or assignment postings by your instructor.

Consider adding your pronouns to your ELMS profile. To learn more about the importance of pronouns, visit the UMD LGBT Equity Center Good Practice Guide: Names and Pronouns page.

In addition to your pronouns, consider adding your name pronunciation to your ELMS profile. Regardless of how difficult or easy you think it may be for students to pronounce your name, providing the name pronunciation can help everyone learn how you pronounce your own name. You will be given the opportunity to record your name and spell it phonetically.

Add your pronouns in ELMS

  • Visit https://elms.umd.edu/
  • Log into ELMS
  • Select Account
  • Select Settings
  • On the right hand menu, select Edit Settings
  • Select your Pronouns from the Pronouns drop down menu

Add your name pronunciation in ELMS

  • Visit https://elms.umd.edu/
  • Log into ELMS
  • Select Namecoach
  • Add a recording of your name
  • Select Edit this recording
  • Add a phonetic spelling of your name

As a Terp Scholar, and member of the University of Maryland community, access to virtual resources is at your fingertips!

  • Visit the University Libraries website to access the abundance of resources available through the university libraries.
  • Visit TERPware-PC or TERPware-MAC to access many software packages available at no additional cost.
    • Popular products like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more are available for institutional use. Software licenses are only active for as long as you are registered in a course at UMD.
  • Find services or get support from the Department of Information Technology.
  • If you need assistance accessing or installing software, contact UMD’s Division of Information Technology at itsupport@umd.edu.

Terp Scholars are responsible for making choices and organizing their time as part of the rigor of college-level coursework. The online package is designed for independent students who will self-advocate and actively engage with their peers. Successful Terp Scholars seek academic support from course staff, including instructors and teaching assistants, and seek program support from program mentors.

Designated Learning Space: Prior to the start of the program, Terp Scholars should select a suitable location to engage in their online course. Students' designated learning space will impact their own virtual learning experience, as well as that of their peers.

Virtual Backgrounds: Zoom includes a virtual background feature that allows users to display an image to replace their physical background during virtual meetings. When utilizing Zoom for online learning students are encouraged to utilize a virtual background. For a selection of University of Maryland scenes to add Maryland pride to your virtual meetings, visit UMD Video Conferencing Backgrounds. Terp Scholars can also upload their own classroom appropriate images as their virtual background.

Organization: The first week of class is a time to familiarize yourself with the course syllabus, course ELMS site, organize your schedule, and let everyone know who you are! Your course syllabus is the key to organization.

Communication: Students learn from each other's experiences and insights. In the online classroom, it is easier to be thoughtful about your course contributions.

Ask questions (unmute yourself first or use the chat function). You’ll soon see you’re not the only one seeking answers. Be helpful when you can. The confidence gained from helping others academically succeed is a great motivator for success. Communication with peers increases interactivity and enables you to stay connected to the course.

Online courses are designed to provide instructors with the opportunity to engage with and provide thoughtful feedback to students throughout the course. Find your instructor's contact information on your course syllabus or course ELMS page. Office hours provide a place for questions, assistance with course content in a less intimidating environment, follow up on academic performance, and build a better academic relationship with the instructor.

On the University of Maryland Keep Learning website, you can see additional Tips for Online Success to make the most of online learning.

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