As the fall term commences, we want to provide you with the information and resources to be successful in your online studies. To help you transition smoothly into your program, here are a few tips to get you started:
- Connect with and learn from your cohort. During your program, you will be surrounded by a rich array of individuals from different disciplines and sectors. Use this to your advantage by learning from others’ experiences and by building your network.
- Pace yourself. As either a full- or part-time student, it is important to recognize that balance (personally, professionally and academically) will be important as you make your way through the program.
- Take advantage of the opportunities presented. Participate in online seminars offered several times each month by students, faculty, and guest lecturers.
- Stay engaged with what is going on in the school. Sign-up for our e-newsletter and don’t miss out on the latest announcements and publications.
- Reach out. If you are struggling with any aspect of graduate life, there are programs, resources and people who are here to support you.
Also, below are a list of platforms that you should familiarize yourself with, depending on which campus is your home institution.
University of Regina online platforms
UR Self-Service (https://banner.uregina.ca/) is your one stop for online student services. The Registration page offers you a wide variety of services so be sure to check them out. By choosing "Login in to UR Self-Services", you can print out your confirmation of enrolment, search your class schedule and courses, access your booklist or order your books online, view your account balance and pay your tuition, and update your personal information. You will need your UR student number and your 9-digit number that serves are your login ID. This number appears on your official letter of offer and will never change.
URCourses, a Moodle‐based platform, is the primary online learning system used at the U of R. You can log into URCourses using your Novell ID. Each of your courses will have its own URCourses site. These sites act as virtual classrooms and are the primary means for you to access course materials, participate in course activities and engage with your professor and other students. Students only have access to the sites for courses they are registered in, and access is typically enabled on the first day of the semester.
Zoom (https://zoom.us/) is used by the U of R campus to host video conferencing and online meetings. It allows faculty, staff and students to coordinate and meet no matter where they are located. It can be used to connect students from distant campuses, host a guest speaker in a class, conduct a webinar, create online meetings between staff members, and more! Click here for more information on Zoom.
University of Saskatchewan online platforms
PAWS (https://pawscas.usask.ca/) contains a variety of web-based tools, including email, calendar and groups, and gives you access to a wide range of information and services such as registration, transcripts, grades, course home pages, library tools, financial information and more. You must have an NSID and password to access PAWS. USask students would have received their NSID and password when they accepted their admissions offer online. If you were previously a student at the University of Saskatchewan, your PAWS account will be reactivated. If you have trouble with your PAWS account (e.g. if you forget your NSID or password), please contact IT Support Services at +1 306-966- 2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canvas is a new learning management system being used by the JSGS USask campus to host and deliver all course content. Its intuitive design and full featured mobile app, will enable you to set up notifications, stay organized, submit assignments and view grades. Click here for more information on how to access your Canvas Dashboard, and/or how to get started.
WebEx Meeting Centre
WebEx Meeting Centre provides on-demand, real time, collaborative web meetings and conferencing. USask faculty and staff will use WebEx to support online teaching, host online guest lectures and provide virtual office hours. Students can access WebEx by login into Paws, and listed inside Course Tools. Student guide and troubleshooting information: https://www.usask.ca/ict/coursetools/communication/webex.php
Although the University of Saskatchewan IT department does not support the Zoom platform, JSGS does frequently use it to connect with our U of R campus. Students should familiarize themselves with the Zoom platform, in addition to WebEx. Click here for more information on Zoom.
Should at anypoint you have questions regarding your program, please contact your professor or one of our academic advisors: