Preparing for Remote Learning

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As we launch into Spring quarter, we are working to ensure that you are supported in your remote learning. Below are details about access to technology and Keep Learning workshops to provide the materials and tools you’ll need to be successful in this new learning environment—one that enables us to stay healthy and connected, while engaging in creative new modes of learning.

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How to prepare for remote learning

Consider your wellness and study habits

We are all transitioning to a new way of learning this 
quarter. Spend some time reviewing what you need in order to navigate time 
management, engage positively with your course or program, and pursue 
well-being. See Well-being and Academics During COVID-19.

Find an appropriate place to engage

Identify one or more places low on distractions and noise to engage in classroom activities by audio and video. It should be comfortable, but not so comfortable you find it hard to pay attention.

Get reliable internet access

You’ll need reliable access to an internet connection. If you don’t have this at home, resources may be available:

  • Charter Communications is offering free service to students.
  • Comcast Xfinity WiFi Hotspots are free and open to the public, and Internet Essentials by Comcast low cost internet might be available to you. See information about Comcast services.
  • While we can’t recommend attending class from your car, some businesses that are closed may still have WiFi turned on.

If you have internet service but need more speed or bandwidth, we recommend calling your provider and asking what’s available to support you and remote learning. Several websites we reviewed indicate companies may have discounts or free temporary upgrades.

If you need to subscribe to new service or upgrade your service and need financial assistance, email the Financial Aid office at finaid@evergreen.edu about increasing your current award or applying for emergency funds.

Make sure you have a suitable device

Remote learning means that you will need to have access to a computer, tablet or phone that can access Canvas and Zoom. A phone is not recommended for writing-intensive learning. A Bluetooth keyboard can increase functionality of small devices. You will need to be able to communicate regularly with your faculty via email or Canvas and submit your work and discussion responses online.

You’ll need a device that’s sufficient for the following activities:

  • Participating in lecture, discussions, and other learning activities in Canvas and in some cases by video via Zoom. This requires both the ability to watch and hear videos and to respond to discussion questions via your device.
  • Corresponding with your faculty and other students by email.
  • Writing papers, exams, and other assignments.

If you don’t have the necessary technology, consider one of the following options:

  • Chromebook Check Out
    Evergreen has ordered a large number of Chromebooks for students to check out through the end of Spring quarter, with the intention of providing an option for students who do not own a computer or tablet. Find out more about checking out a college Chromebook.

  • Request additional aid to purchase a device
    If you’d prefer to buy your own laptop or Chromebook, you may be able to receive additional financial aid; email the office for instructions at finaid@evergreen.edu. Some students may be able to receive an Emergency Grant or Loan to make a purchase. These funds would also apply to making a small purchase such as a webcam, Bluetooth keyboard, or headphones to add to an existing device to facilitate remote learning.

Get technical support

Self-guided tutorials will also be offered via the Keep Learning Canvas site and Evergreen’s help wiki.

Help wiki guides

Technical support for students will continue to be available from our student technology support staff by submitting a help ticket. We are also working on chat and Zoom drop-in support options.

Additional Resources

Accessibility

Faculty are committed to supporting student accessibility accommodations through Access Services during remote learning. Please contact Access Services if you have any questions about how to support your accommodations during this time.

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