Cinema Studies Remote Learning FAQs

The Cinema Studies faculty and staff are united to ensure that all students have equal access to their education. We are attentive to the many challenges facing our students and faculty in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires, such as inequitable access to technology, the limitations of technological infrastructures, and/or the displacement that some of our community may be facing.

Below are helpful remote learning FAQs and resources to address questions related to the Department of Cinema Studies classes and operations. Please check this page frequently, as we will continue to update this page as more information, ideas, and helpful resources become available.

If you don’t see an answer to your question, let us know by submitting the Remote Learning Feedback Form:

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Cinema Studies Remote Learning FAQs

How will Cinema Studies remote learning courses be conducted?

All courses will be conducted through Canvas, but each instructor will employ their own mix of new and familiar tactics, such as: short introductory videos, readings, online screenings, discussion boards, live discussions via Zoom or Canvas, online submission of writing assignments, virtual Office Hours and more. If they haven’t already, your instructors will soon connect with you about the coming term and how they imagine it will operate.

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How is Cinema Studies bridging the “digital divide”?

“Online courses” take months of preparation and very different pedagogical plans; last spring was an emergency intervention to ensure continued learning. In support of your educational success and to ease the “digital divide” at this critical time, Cinema Studies faculty are united in developing Canvas courses that:

  • Offer originally scheduled courses remotely to ensure timely degree progress
  • Provide technologically accessible options for learning content and critical thinking skills
  • Focus on developing community and intellectual connections
  • Embrace the fact that remote courses may utilize a range of tactics to best support students while maintaining social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Will Cinema Studies faculty expect more work from students during remote learning? 

No. Your instructors are conscious of the new demands that face us all: caring for ourselves and loved ones, juggling new routines, utilizing new technologies, etc. We are committed to supporting you by being as flexible and generous as possible. (The Cinema Studies team is facing similar demands, so your kindness is likewise appreciated!) To provide a quality, remote educational experience, we aim to:

  • Prioritize learning over technology
  • Make course materials fully accessible online
  • Provide flexibility in completing tasks
  • Listen and make necessary accommodations when materials or tasks are inaccessible

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How do I contact Cinema Studies faculty and staff?

The Department of Cinema Studies is primarily operating on a remote basis, but we are still here to help!  For general Cinema Studies inquiries or questions, please email the department at You may also call the department at 541-346-8104, leave a message, and the department will return your call as soon as possible. The administrative team is also available to contact directly via email. Visit the contact page for more information.

To contact a faculty member, please refer to the Cinema Studies faculty directory for email addresses and information about virtual office hours.

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How do I contact an advisor?

The Media, Arts & Expression (MAE) Flight Path advisors and coordinator within the Tykeson Hall College and Career Advising Team are currently available to UO students through remote advising. Tykeson advisers will utilize Microsoft Teams and will be available during regular operating hours:  Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please visit for up-to-date advising information and directions on how to schedule a remote advising appointment. 

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Will CINE courses taken as P/NP count towards the major? Does this include Fundamental and Core CINE classes as well?

Winter Term 2021:  As of Winter 2021, we will return to the standard deadline for changing grade option as well as the standard limitations for Pass/No Pass grading on courses and degree requirements. Please visit the Office of the Registrar website for more information.

Fall 2020, Spring 2020:  UO approved a Pass/No Pass option for spring 2020, which will remain in effect for fall 2020. The Cinema Studies Department supports this initiative and will allow fall 2020 "P" grades to count toward major requirements (including Fundamental, Core, and Production courses). If interested, please consult with a Media, Arts & Expression advisor to ensure that you are making the right choice for your financial aid requirements and GPA.

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Are the Cinema Studies Lab and Equipment Room (located in Knight Library) open during winter term?

Yes, the lab and equipment rooms will be open during winter term with modified hours of operation. Please visit the Cinema Studies Lab and Equipment Room pages for the current open hours and services. 

The Cinema Studies Lab is located in Knight Library room 267 and has twenty 27” iMacs set aside for student use. All of our computers have standard apps like Microsoft Office, and also editing and media software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Avid Media Composer. All computer stations are physically distanced from each other and will be disinfected regularly. Please check the lab calendar page for the most up-to-date lab availability. Visit the lab usage page to learn the current lab activity level and how many computers are available. The lab usage page will be updated at least three times daily (and more during heavy usage times).

The Equipment Room will be available for checkouts by appointment only. Equipment is available only for students currently enrolled in Cinema Studies Production classes. All returned equipment will be thoroughly disinfected before being put back into circulation. 

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Is there another resource on campus where I can access frequently used software remotely?

In addition to the Cinema Studies Lab on campus the UO Virtual Lab allows access to most frequently used software remotely. The campus virtual lab is comprised of two virtual labs, a general use, 200-person "main" lab and a high-performance, 40-person lab. Both provide access to specialty software for classes that are traditionally only available in a physical computer lab. This includes software you would find in the SSIL Computer lab, SOJC, DSGN, EMU, Libraries and School of Education, among others.

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What computer laptop or external hard drives are recommended for cinema studies majors?

For information about purchasing your own laptop or external hard drives, please review the student technology purchase recommendations. If you have questions or concerns regarding access to computers or software, please let us know in the Remote Learning Feedback Form. The form will be monitored daily to ensure your questions are addressed quickly. If you have specific questions, please contact André Sirois at or Kevin May at

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Is there a central location where I can find help with technology assistance and resources?

Yes! Visit the UO’s Remote Resources for Students website page for information on class resources, academic support, financial support, technology resources, activities and involvement, and staying healthy.

Is there a resource for obtaining a laptop?

A limited number of webcams and Chromebooks are available for checkout to University of Oregon students to facilitate remote education and improve access while UO offers its courses remotely due to COVID_19. Visit the UO's Technology Checkout for Students website page, which explains how students may check out available equipment for access to remote learning. Check out times may vary depending on the need and the equipment.

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Where can I get assistance with Canvas?

For technical support and troubleshooting related to remote education, visit the Going Remote webpage or Canvas support website.

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Are there low-cost internet options?

If you need help getting access to the internet, there are several low-cost options for students

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What health and wellness resources are available on campus?

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us in different ways. The University of Oregon has resources to support students and employees during this challenging time. Visit for information on prevention; health support, services, and resources; helpful health and wellness FAQs; or to talk to the Incident Management Team.

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How can I find out about the Dublin, Ireland study abroad program for 2021?

Information about the 2021 study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland is on the Cinema Studies website. If you have questions about the program, please email Cinema Studies Assoc. Prof. Michael Aronson at  Additional information is also available on the UO Global Education Office website and the GEO Cinema Studies in Dublin website

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What if I have questions or issues that aren't being addressed?

If your question isn’t addressed on this FAQ page or by your professor, please let us know by sharing your question or concern with us using this Remote Learning Feedback Form. You are also welcome to email the department directly at Both the feedback form and the email account will be monitored daily to ensure your questions are addressed quickly. 

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How will Cinema Studies sustain its community connections during remote learning?

A strong community connection is pivotal at this difficult moment and the UO Cinema Studies team—anchored by an amazingly dedicated staff—is planning fun initiatives to hopefully brighten your days and keep you excited about your education and major. We are so grateful to see the resilience, creativity, and motivation of our community at this challenging time!

Watch your email in the coming weeks for more information, and make sure to follow Cinema Studies on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Our Commitment to International and Underrepresented Students

The Department of Cinema Studies stands in solidarity with international and underrepresented members of our student body. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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University Resources

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