Cinema Studies Remote Learning FAQs

As UO joins a growing list of universities switching to remote learning this spring, 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 we may all soon face—including inequitable access to technology or the limitations that may arise due to increased, global demands on technological infrastructures. 

Below are helpful remote learning FAQs and resources to address questions related to the Department of Cinema Studies classes and operations during spring term. 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.

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; spring is an emergency intervention so we can continue to learn from each other. As we pivot to support your educational success and 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 spring courses are not fully developed online courses, but emergency and sometimes “low fi” community measures intended to 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, learning 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 operating on a remote basis during spring term, 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?


Yes! UO approved a Pass/No Pass option for spring 2020. The Cinema Studies Department supports this initiative and will allow spring 2020 "P" grades to count towards 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?

Update 3/27/20:  The Cinema Studies Lab and Equipment Room will remain closed throughout spring term. 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.

  • Note:  Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of applications from Adobe that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, Acrobat, and more and is available to students for free until May 31, 2020. Visit the Adobe Creative Cloud for Students website page for more information.
  • Update 4-3-20:  Visit the UO Virtual Lab to access software for most classes.

If you have questions, please contact André Sirois at or Kevin May at

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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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Is there a resource for obtaining a laptop?

UO’s Information Services has 150 Chromebooks available to lower-income students as loaner devices for those who need a computer to continue their education remotely. Sign up for a loaner Chromebook. They will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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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 this spring?

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 Students

Dear Cinema Studies Community: I write to quickly express absolute support for our international student body. Cinema Studies will be working with the UO administration and other higher education institutions and associations to advocate on behalf of the many undergraduate and graduate students from outside the U.S. that enrich this country, this city, and this school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.

In solidarity,
professor ovalle.

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