WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

As you take classes in WPI's virtual environment, we want to provide the information and resources you need to be ready to thrive in the online space. Below are a list of resources as well as an academic-centered FAQ. Undergraduates taking online classes will receive a weekly email with suggested resources and ideas to be successful that week as well as connecting you to virtual campus resources. You may not be on campus, but all of our offices are ready to support you throughout the term. 

Have questions but unsure where to ask? Have questions about thriving in a virtual learning world? Email virtual@wpi.edu
The Virtual Learning Team is happy to support you.

Just in Time Tips Newsletter

Virtual Study Hall Invitation Video

Community Check-in:
Have you attended class as a potato? 
Take the 30 second community check-in and tell us what your favorite (appropriate) Zoom background is and when you use it. In class? With friends? In study hall?

Have general questions? Email us at virtual@wpi.edu and we'll gladly help.

The One Week Left Checklist

  • Join Virtual Study Hall! Learn about what it is. Happening THIS week.
    • Today (7/1) 4-5pm EDT and Tomorrow (7/2) 9-10pm EDT
    • You can choose camera/mic on or off
    • Have a place to do your work either quietly or while chatting. Look at the Just in Time Tips newsletter for the Zoom link.
  • Make a schedule:
    • Map out ahead of time when you want to study for each exam or practice for project presentations
    • Share when you're doing exams with people you live with so they know you may need extra quiet
    • Balance your schedule with time to have fun and breathe
  • We know that as we move into finals and the end of projects, stress levels and feelings of frustration will go up. We are here to support you. We encourage you to:
  • Pass/NR or NC information was recently shared.
    • Take a look at the website to learn more
    • Reach out with questions or concerns (registrar@wpi.edu)
    • Please note: You can choose the Pass/NR or NC option after grades are released until Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT. When grades are visible depends on when they are entered. Look at the calendar to see when they are due. 
    • If you are concerned you will not have access to a computer between when grades are visible and the deadline for Pass/NR or NC and are considering this option, please email virtual@wpi.edu or registrar@wpi.edu 


We have many resources available to students taking online courses. From scientific or engineering software to the Global Lab (creating videos, websites, and more) to virtual activities to IT and software to project starter ideas and so much more, there is lots to check out. 

Take a look at the Virtual Learning Hub!

Take a look in the Canvas Online Student Center!

Have an academic question but not sure who to ask? Email virtual@wpi.edu

Frequently Asked Questions About Virtual Learning

Ways to Set Myself Up for Success


Ways to Connect Virtually

Technology and IT

General Course Questions

  • Will lectures be prerecorded or streamed?

    Most classes will occur asynchronously, and can be accessible when you have time. If your professor has meetings times they would like you to attend, this will be noted in Canvas and/or on the course syllabus. 

  • Will I get to see my instructor or will I have narrated slideshows?

    While narrated slideshows are common, how each professor teaches their course does vary. Many faculty will be able to hold virtual office hours utilizing tools such as Zoom. Check your course syllabus or email your professor or TA/PLA.

  • How will participation be monitored?

    This will vary course by course. We encourage you to read your course syllabus and reach out to your professor or TA/PLA. Professors can see how often you login, if you've accessed information, how long you've spent on content, and the percentage of work you've completed, among other things.

  • How will time zone differences be addressed?

    This will vary course by course. We encourage you to read your course syllabus and reach out to your professor or TA/PLA.

Helpful Resources

Online Exam Proctoring