Academic Continuity Student Information
Updated 3/30/2020 at 8:11pm
Marywood University is dedicated to the welfare and safety of its students. As such, Academic Continuity is the process by which we can continue to support and drive learning while simultaneously caring for students' welfare and safety. In an emergency, which occurs with minimal notice, having an Academic Continuity plan and knowing how to implement it will contribute greatly to our community resiliency and help prevent delays in achieving academic goals.
It may also be beneficial to complete the Online Learning Self-Assessment to help identify skills that are generally associated with online learning success.
What do you need to do?
- If notified of an extended campus closure, do not physically attend any class on campus.
- Look for communication from your instructor regarding their approach to Academic Continuity.
- Know and understand the expectations from your instructor(s) including due dates.
- Have access to resources needed to complete activities scheduled for the day (such as Moodle and enough bandwidth to watch videos).
- Know the best way to reach your instructor with questions about the course activities.
- If you have a lab, please clarify with your instructor the lab activity expectations.
Recommendations & Considerations
- Many courses will undoubtedly use online discussions as a method for replacing the discussions and communications that would have taken place in the classroom. Check out our Online Presence page to get a better sense of how to best utilize and prepare for this space.
- Check computer system and web browser recommendations from Marywood Educational Technology Services
- While a USB headset is not required, it may be helpful to have one (or a good set of earbuds with a microphone) for courses that will be utilizing virtual classes through a web conferencing systems such as Bongo or Google Hangout.
- Please confirm your notifications from Moodle are enabled. How do I set my Moodle notification preferences as a student?
- Test required tools and systems such as Bongo or Google Hangout before an assignment due date.
- Make sure your computer virus and malware protection is up-to-date.
- Back-up your files in the event of a hardware malfunction. As Marywood students, you have access to Google Drive.
- On a personal note, remember that social distancing is NOT social isolation. Learn more about this from one of our very own Psy. D. students, Tyshawn Thompson.
Students with Accommodations
As a student with accommodations you are still eligible for accommodations while Academic Continuity is in effect. It is important to remember that how your accommodations are offered may look different or may already be naturally included in an online learning situation.
If you have questions about your current accommodations, or think that you may eligible for interim accommodations due to a temporary disability-please contact the Director of Student Disability Services, Kaitlin Anderle, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Out-Of-Class Activities: Field, Clinical, Aviation, etc.
Students involved in these activities should receive direction from their faculty and supervisors at clinicals or field placements or other activities like aviation lessons. If you do not receive direction, you should contact them for instructions.
Here are some resources to help with the technological skills and necessities that might necessary for a temporarily online course.
If you do not have reliable internet at home, a number of providers have taken steps to provide access for free or at a discounted price for a limited time. There is an FCC agreement in place waiving late fees, preventing cutoffs due to non-payment, and open hot-spots.
- Comcast COVID-19 response: free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
- Spectrum COVID-19 response: 60 days Free internet access to qualifying homes with students or teachers
- Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
- AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
- Verizon COVID-19 response: open hot-spots.
- Sprint COVID-19 response: Existing customers have unlimited data and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, all handsets can enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: Existing customers have unlimited data and is expected to allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
Be aware that Marywood University is not in a partnership with any of these services and has not fully reviewed the terms and conditions of use for any of these services --- all those that choose to pursue this path should review the terms and conditions on their own prior to signing any contract or using any services. Also, note that contracts (of any kind) that are free for a limited time generally require cancellation prior to the end of the free service to prevent full charges in future months.
Here are resources for using your Google drive, joining a live session, and making sure your Moodle settings are up-to-date for taking remote coursework.
Joining a Google Hangouts Meet Lecture
Preparing for Exam Proctoring w/ Bongo
Please know that the Marywood IT department has been working to identify solutions for student access to required software that has generally only been accessible while on campus, including but not limited to: Adobe Creative Cloud, and SPSS.
Additional resources for these software packages are provided here. If you need assistance with software not listed, please contact your instructor directly. IT and faculty are working together to ensure you have access to the materials that you need.
You can also Submit a Help Desk ticket for assistance.
Adobe Create Cloud
As a student, you should have received an email from Adobe Creative Cloud on Monday stating that "<Your Name>, you now have access to Adobe Spark for Higher-Ed." As long as it is from Adobe Creative Cloud <email@example.com>, this is a legitimate email message.
If you need Adobe Applications for your course work, then complete your profile by clicking on the "Get Started" button. This will take you to a profile page where you will be asked to create a password associated with your Marywood email address*. Upon completion you will be given access to a page where you can open Adobe Creative Cloud and download any of the Creative Cloud applications neeeded.
*If you have previously created an Adobe Creative Cloud account using your Marywood email address, you will need to log out of your Adobe account. When logging back in, you will be prompted to Select an Account. Choose "Company or School Account".
Academic & Student Success
The Writing Center
Even though campus is closed, writing support services are still available! These services are available on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about the Writing Center.
Counseling & Student Development Center
The Counseling/Student Development Center is still taking appointments (phone or in person) during the University closing. If you need support, please contact the C/SDC by phone: 570-348-6245 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for Temporary Remote Learning
- Check your email and Moodle frequently for communications from your professor. As things progress they will be there to guide you and still ensure that the objectives for your courses are being met.
- Be prepared for you class to be a little more fluid. No one anticipated a need for the shift months in advance. Your syllabus for each course may look a lot different now as activities and skill sets transition to an online learning environment.
- Ask for help as soon as you need it! Whether it's an academic or technical question, do not wait to seek help. Look at resources, ask a friend, ask your professor or submit a Help desk ticket. While faculty and staff are working around the clock to support student needs, be prepared for asynchronous communication (like email, tickets, or messages) to take a little bit longer.
- Get organized! Without a physical classroom space to visit and professor to see, it is easy to become a bit more lax in your approach---this often translates to procrastination. Keep a planner with a list of the activities and live sessions (if any) that you need to complete each day, each week, even for the semester.
- Schedule time~ (more time than you think!) to study the materials provided by your instructors and to work on each activity you have to do.