Learning Technology

Faculty will email their classes with information about how each course will function online by Friday, March 20. Your instructor may use video conferencing tools like Zoom, the Learn learning management system, or other tools.

Learn LMS

Learn is the name of CalArts' learning management system (LMS), which is a platform run by Kannu. Your instructor may choose Learn as a way to deliver content to you, host recorded media, or facilitate discussions.

If your instructor is using Learn in your class, they will notify you by email when the course is available. Follow the link in the email you receive and log in to Learn with your CalArts credentials. Active courses you are enrolled in will be visible on the My Courses dashboard.

If you have any questions about Learn, please email learnhelp@calarts.edu.

For a quick orientation to Learn, watch this video on YouTube.

Orientation to LMS

Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom is a free cloud-based videoconferencing system. Your instructor may set up a Zoom meeting to meet with you individually, or with your entire class. Students do not need an account to join a Zoom call. 

This guide explains how to join a Zoom meeting.

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

The first time you use Zoom, the software will prompt you to download the Zoom Launcher—please give yourself a little time before classes resume to set this up and test your connection.

This CAIT article describes how to get a Zoom account, how to create a meeting, and how to invite guests.

How Do I: Use Zoom?


Video conferencing tips for students

  • If needed, install the software in advance of your first session and practice using it.
  • Prepare for the session by finding a quiet place to focus and a strong Internet connection.
  • Arrive a few minutes ahead of time to minimize disruption.
  • Find your light! Make sure there is a light source in front of you, not behind. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the controls within the software.
  • Mute your audio until you have a question or comment.
  • Raise your hand to ask questions or write them in the chat box.
  • You can share your screen to show your instructor or peers what’s on your desktop.
  • Make eye contact with the camera (the camera is the class). 
  • Speak in a conversational tone—you won’t need to raise your voice. 
  • Remember that you are in class. Keeping your video on helps everyone engage. 
  • Know that your instructor may record the session for students who are unable to attend live or need to review the discussion. 
  • Your instructor may save the text messages from the chat, even those sent privately or shared in breakout rooms.