Online Student Resources

You've probably learned your course is being transitioned from an in-person course to a remote learning format.. The first thing to keep in mind is that we will do our best to support you in your learning. You will, for the most part, be doing the same things you already do, just doing them differently. Yes, you'll need to get familiar with new technology, but you will have support with that. The first step is to get you set-up in Zoom.

The tutorials and resources below are designed to provide you with the resources and support to succeed as an online student.


Getting Started



Zoom is a user-friendly video conferencing platform for students and instructors to engage in real-time learning. It’s perfect for facilitating live group learning, sharing visuals and engaging in small or large group activities.

Learn the basic features of Zoom:


IMPORTANT NOTE for Students and Instructors Who Already Use Zoom

As of May 30, Zoom version 5 (released last month) is now required to access UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education classes that include remote instruction. The update features a number of upgrades, including improved security.

For how to upgrade Zoom, visit:


Zoom Best Practices for Online Students

  • Use a computer located in a quiet room, without other computers that are accessing Zoom
  • Click on the Zoom meeting link sent by the instructor
  • Unmute the audio and video at the bottom of the screen
  • When you are not talking, mute your audio
  • Use the chat feature if you have questions


Zoom Security

To ensure our students have the most engaging AND secure online educational experience possible, we’ve instituted the following measures for all Zoom-based remote instruction: 

  • Passwords – All Zoom classes will require a password. Your password is automatically encoded into the URL of your meeting link, so just click through and you’re in.
  • Screen Sharing – By default, only instructors will be able to share their screen during class. They will allow students to share their screens as necessary.
  • “Waiting Room” – Some classes may use the “Waiting Room” feature in Zoom and manually add students at the start of each session (your instructor or program representative will let you know if they plan to use this feature).

Please do not share the link to classroom sessions! This is one of the easiest (and most preventable) ways for Zoom meetings to be “bombed.”

If you have any questions, please contact us at or (530) 757-8538.