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  • Remote Learning Experience


Through dynamic lecture capture, enhanced live classroom technology, and other innovative tools, Nexus is changing what it means to be a remote learner. Whether your course is self-paced or live, you will engage with U-M faculty and other learners in a way that's both authentic and effective, offering an immersive learning experience from anywhere in the world.

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Self-Paced, Asynchronous Learning

Nexus delivers asynchronous online courses through Canvas, a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) used to facilitate teaching, learning, and collaboration. These courses are self-paced, so can complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines.

Thanks to an in-house recording studio and dynamic lecture capture system that enables learners to easily search content, take notes, and drag slides alongside video, Nexus puts online students in control. High-quality content, active learning techniques, group discussions, and student/faculty interaction further adds to an engaging learning experience.

To learn more about the features Canvas provides to supplement and enhance learning, read the University’s Student Guide.

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HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

A high-speed internet connection outside of a corporate firewall is required to access online course lectures. Online students will need the following:

  • Windows 10, Mac OS X v10.5+ or equivalent OS*
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4GB free disk space
  • A monitor capable of 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Sound card and speakers
  • High-speed Internet access (LAN, Cable modem or DSL)
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  • Adobe Reader 10+
  • Cookies enabled in your web browser

Blended Remote Learning

Some courses are delivered through a combination of remote live and asynchronous learning. This may involve a blend of self-paced, pre-recorded lectures and periodic live discussions. Blended courses offer the benefits of both learning models and allow for flexibile course design.

Remote Live Learning

Remote live courses enable learners to engage directly with their instructors and classmates while still providing the flexibility of distance learning. In a live format, you can ask questions, work on group learning exercises, and take part in real time discussions. Instructors are able to poll learners and receive immediate feedback, helping them them guide conversations and address topics most important to the class.

To ensure the learning experience is on par with in-person instruction, we film many courses in our enhanced remote classroom facilities, which are outfitted with the latest learning technology.

Benefits of remote live learning include the opportunity to:

  • Interact live with expert faculty from anywhere in the world
  • Easily access recorded lectures, course materials, and supplemental resources
  • Ask questions and participate in class discussions
  • Take part in collaborative group learning exercises
  • Connect with your classmates and share best practices

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

  • Computer or tablet with high-speed internet access, ideally equipped with a camera and microphone. Many learners find that a headset (combined mic and headphones) typically works best.
  • Ability to use Zoom video conferencing software on your computer or tablet. For system requirements, please click here.
  • Zoom also has a mobile-friendly app, which can be found in most app stores (not required).

Learner Support

Technical support is available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST. To contact our team, email nexus-answers@umich.edu or complete the form below. You should receive a response within one business day.

To ensure a quick response:

  • Submit your name and the name of the course
  • Describe the context of your problem (e.g. course lecture number, course name)
  • Please do not contact your course instructor in case of technical difficulty.

Contact Our Team  

Questions about remote learning? Contact our Design & Innovation Group at NexusDesign@umich.edu.

“Online classes and degree programs [enable] students to set educational goals that are flexible and responsive to their needs and ambitions.”

- Margaret Wooldridge, PhD, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering