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Remote Learning

Remote Learning

The current situation with COVID-19 has necessitated a move to remote learning.

This reference guide provides information on how to connect to U of R systems and software when working from home, studying from home, and practicing social distancing.

Note: Students will need to determine what access they have to a computer, wifi/data, internet, computer, tablet, or mobile device. Students who are not equipped for remote learning are asked to contact their instructor directly. Please note, that as of 8:00 pm March 24, 2020 all public computers are closed for an undetermined amount of time due to the covid-19 pandemic.

First Steps

  1. Check the Student Class Notes Portal to view messages from your instructors for each of your classes.
  2. Check UR Courses if there is already one used in your face-to-face course for messaging, course content, etc.


Most University of Regina systems are browser-based and accessible from off-campus.

The following can be accessed from any web browser:

Resetting Your Password

  • If you forget your password you can re-enable your account by going to and clicking on the Forgot Password for username link on the right side of the page. Follow instuctions on creating a new password.
  • You will be emailed a link to your alternate email to set a new password.

Resetting Your PIN

  • If you forget your PIN you can reset it yourself by going to and clicking on the Forgot PIN for UR Self-Service link on the right side of the page. Follow instructions on Forgotten Your PIN.
  • You will be emailed a link to your email account.

UR Courses

  • Your instructor may be using UR Courses for the remainder of the semester, even if they were not using it prior to the change to remote learning. Please login to the Student Class Notes Portal to view information from your instructor.
  • UR Courses can be accessed from the top of the page on the University’s home page. Use your username and password to login.
  • On Friday, March 20 when you login to UR Courses you may see additional classes showing.
  • Once you have logged into UR Courses, review your profile information, etc. If you don’t see your course yet, be patient.
  • If you haven’t used UR Courses before this Student Guide can be accessed.

Zoom Video Conferencing

  • You can connect to any Zoom meeting without having your own Zoom account.
  • You can connect to a session with any device that has an internet connection, including your phone or tablet.
  • The first time you join a Zoom meeting or a Virtual Zoom Classroom, if Zoom is not already installed on the computer you are using, it will prompt you to download and install the Zoom software.
  • You can find the link to a list of Virtual Zoom Classrooms at the top of the page.
  • You can create a free Basic Zoom account at https://zoom.usNote: You only need an account if you are hosting a virtual meeting.
  • Want to try out Zoom ahead of time? Have questions? Connect to the student zoom orientation site at: This site has fellow student moderators to assist you and answer questions from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm daily starting Friday, March 20th. NOTE: Effective Friday, April 3rd, moderators will be available from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

File Access

Library Resources

  • Students can access all online library resources remotely from off campus.
  • When accessing journals from off-campus via the Library website at, you may be prompted to provide your uregina username and password to connect and authorize your access to the resource.
  • If you need access to print materials, you can ask us to digitize that material via our Quickfind system or our Online Digitization Form.
  • Please visit the Library’s COVID-19 web page for up to date information about library services.

Computer Labs are now closed as of 8:00pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

  • Contingency plans for students who require computer access are being developed. Those students are asked to email their contact information immediately to

Email Access

Microsoft Office

  • Students who rely on MS Office in public labs have the option to access MS Office Student for a discounted educational rate online through Microsoft on a personal laptop or computer.
  • The online version of Office365 is also available for free to students by signing up at using your email address.
    • The online version is somewhat limited compared to the full version but implements all commonly used Office features.
    • Note: If you get a message that OneDrive needs to be set up, you may need to sign in at with the same credentials used to set up the MS Office account. Some users noted that everything worked once this second step was completed.
  • There is also 'Open Office' software that is similar to Microsoft Office. Please be advised that 'Open Office' is not supported by the University.

Other specialized software

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  • Students may use G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Drive (file storage) as well during this time. Please be advised that these applications are not supported by the University.
  • Some student classes/labs use specialized software installed in the labs.
  • Due to licensing and other issues these currently are not available to off campus users.