REMOTE COURSE DELIVERY THROUGH END OF SPRING SEMESTER

All classes are now being provided remotely (online), even labs, for the remainder of the spring semester. There will be no classroom instruction. Please check your Brightspace account for details on what your professor wants you to do for your specific courses.

Every class is different. Some labs will be using simulation software, some will use custom videos, and some will use interactive video like WebEx or Skype.  Regardless of the method your professor is using, they are working hard to ensure that their classes meet their requirements and accreditation standards. 

 

TUTORING AND COUNSELLING RESOURCES WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE

Our Tutoring Committee is working diligently on an online platform that will provide students with real-time assistance. Our Financial Aid, Business Services, and Library services will all be available to assist students and answer any questions you may have.

I also want to assure all of our faculty and staff that we are providing resources through the Office of Teaching and Learning Excellence to assist you with this transition and ensure you can accomplish all of your learning outcomes. We are requesting staff help in areas outside their normal job responsibilities to meet the increasing and ever-changing needs.

 

ELECTRONIC TEXT BOOKS AVAILABLE

We know that many of you may have been suddenly separated from your learning materials for your courses in the wake of the coronavirus threat. To address this issue, we would like to offer you a service from one of our campus partners.

VitalSource Helps is a program that offers free access to an expansive library of ebooks to students at disrupted semester-calendar schools such as MSU-Northern.

Here are the main things to know:

•   VitalSource Helps offers free access to ebooks for students through May 25, 2020.

•   While over 100 leading publishers have made ebooks available through this program, courseware and titles from non-participating publishers aren’t included.

•   Students can get started using this service today at bookshelf.vitalsource.com by logging in with their institution-provided email address. Each account can access up to seven titles.

For any students that are without a text in addition to the free etexts from VitalSource, the Bookstore will also offer free shipping on any purchases through the end of this semester.  In addition we will also offer 25% off sitewide (with the exception of books).  These discounts and shipping will be adjusted when the transaction is closed.

 

FACULTY RESOURCES

A new Faculty Resources page has been developed to centralize academic information, resources, and technical links for faculty. 

 

INTERNET PROVIDERS CAN HELP YOU ACCESS YOUR CLASSES

Internet providers helping to make it possible for college students to access the internet.  Here are what several providers are doing for our students.

Spectrum:

Spectrum is offering free access to Spectrum broadband and WiFi for new K-12 and college student households that their network currently passes for the next 60 days.  They will also continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, our high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households.

Verizon:

Verizon said it is waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers "negatively impacted by the global crisis."

T-Mobile:

The mobile phone service provider is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.

Charter Communications:

The telecommunications company is providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don't already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it's also offering its Wi-Fi hot spots for free to the public.

Comcast:

The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.