Adjusting to a new way of doing things is challenging for everyone. In addition to faculty, support offices across campus are here to help you through this.
As we work to keep learning during the evolving COVID-19 situation, these key tips and resources can help you make the shift to learning online.
Prepare to transition to a new learning environment by focusing on three key areas.
Your health and safety should be your top priority. Take proper precautions, including washing your hands, cleaning your devices and seeking care if you are ill. Don't forget to consider your emotional well-being. We know that transitioning to a new learning environment is a big adjustment.
Make sure you have the technology you need to access your courses and a stable internet connection. Know where to go if you need help, and communicate any needs or limitations to your instructor. Learn more about how this situation has affected various academic decisions.
See the tips and resources below.
Connect with your instructors and classmates by using WebEx. You will need a microphone and a webcam if you would like to share video.
Some of your Blackboard classes may have a link to your WebEx Classroom. Check with your instructor.
Also, the iOS notes app works pretty well.
Note: Before buying any software, reach out to your instructor. We are working with many vendors to get you the software you need to keep learning.
Discounted software downloads are available to students.
Two computer labs are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m Monday - Friday for students: Cornish 1310 (Mac) and Sperry 103 (Windows). Cleaning procedures and usage protocols are in place and have been posted on signs just inside the labs.
A number of Internet Service Providers and cell carriers are offering free or low-cost internet and data plans as part of the Federal Communication Commission's Keep America Connected Pledge. Check with your ISP for more information.
Learning online may seem new and unfamiliar — to you and your instructors. There are several methods for students and faculty to stay connected.
Your instructors' expectations for how you participate (speaking up, Raise Hand, submitting questions via chat, etc.) may be different. Make sure you understand their expectations.