As we work to keep learning during this evolving COVID-19 situation, here are key tips and resources to help you make the shift to learning online.
Three Key Things To Know
Prepare to transition to a new learning environment by focusing on three key areas. Prioritize your health, and care for your physical and mental well-being. Stay engaged with your courses, and communicate with your instructors regularly. Familiarize yourself with key tools such as Blackboard and Microsoft Office 365, and make sure you can access these resources on the devices available to you in your current location.
Know your context
Your health and safety should be your top priority. Take a moment to check in with your physical health – take proper precautions and cleaning your devices, and seek 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.
Know your classes
Organize your schedule. Dedicate time for each of your classes, and be prepared to attend live lecture sessions via Blackboard Collaborate or MS Teams if required. Check Blackboard, your syllabus and your email for details from your instructors on upcoming assignments, testing changes and other course expectations. Expect ongoing changes, and be patient with your instructors – and with yourself – as we all adjust to a new learning environment.
Know your tools
Locate the tools you need to access your courses online. Familiarize yourself with Blackboard and Microsoft Office 365, and make sure you can access these resources on your devices – preferably a laptop, tablet or desktop computer. Consider downloading the Blackboard app to your mobile device. Your phone will work for checking email and Blackboard announcements, and you can use it to attend Blackboard Collaborate meetings, but it should not be your main device for accessing your courses.
- The state of Illinois has developed a that provides users with a map of all avilable Wi-Fi hotspots. This tool includes the following information for each Wi-Fi hotspot: general instructions for using; specifics for logging in; and turn by turn driving directions through a link to Google Maps. NEW
- If you are need of a computer or Wi-Fi hotspot the library has a limited number that can be checked out for the semester. Contact NIUlibBook@ and include your Z-ID and full name in the email to set up a time to pick up a computer. Supplies are limited. NEW
- We are offering non-face-to-face advising. Your academic advisor will reach out to you to make arrangements that work for you.