Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I find the Zoom links to live sessions?
A: Once you have created a GatorLink account, you will have access to SMI’s Canvas page. To locate the general session links, navigate to the home page, scroll to the calendar button and click. The calendar is interactive – find the date for the session you’re looking for and click the Zoom icon to join the session.To locate the specialization links, look out for an email or Canvas announcement from your assigned instructor.

Q: What internet service provider should I use?
A: We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox for the optimal Canvas experience.

Q: How can I learn to use Canvas?
A: Join us at 11 a.m., Friday, July 9, for an interactive walkthrough of the Canvas page. We will offer a live tutorial and answer common questions during this session. If you can’t make it, not to worry – we’ll record this presentation and upload it to our on-demand content section.

Q: How soon will recordings be available from the live sessions?
A: Expect to access these recordings anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after the session’s live occurrence.

Q: What is the age limit for students to attend?
A: SMI is a summer program for high school students. Most of our students will be rising high school juniors and seniors, but 2021 graduates and those who will be rising ninth- and 10th-graders are welcome as well.

Q: How do I pay and register?
A: Registration for the on-demand program is open now via Eventbrite. Register here.

Q: Does my child have to apply for the program?
A: No. Students are accepted first-come, first-serve until we reach capacity.

Q: Are there any additional costs that I should be aware of?
A: There aren’t any additional costs for any of the live programming or specializations, though it might be possible that one or more of the latter might require a smart card or headphone to be helpful. If so, they would be minimal – and we would be clear about that with the specialization participants in advance.

Q: Can teachers/media advisors attend?
A: Yes, for the live general programming, but with two exceptions: Not for the specializations, and not for the general session focusing on what it’s really like to be a college student. During a normal year, it’s our policy not to have advisers attend with their students in order to allow them to have an independent experience in a college setting. For sure, our specializations will function as if in a college setting. This gives them the opportunity to explore and live up to college-level expectations regarding behavior and performance. They are encouraged and expected to go beyond the closely-supervised style of learning that they experience in their high school programs.

Q: Is prior media experience required?
A: No, students will join their respective specialization with varying levels of experience. We expect this and are planning to offer instruction for basic, intermediate and advanced levels. We’re hoping everyone will learn new skills.