As we move into the remote learning phase at Carthage, here are some tips to help you be successful.
We know that there will be new experiences and new ways of learning. Some may feel natural or exciting; others may feel foreign or even uncomfortable. We will all be in this together, and there are many support mechanisms still in place to help you navigate and succeed in this new paradigm.
New Grading Policy
Due to the unprecedented change to remote learning and the ongoing challenges we all face in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Carthage College faculty and administration have approved a revised grading policy for the spring 2020 semester. The faculty has undertaken this step with the best intentions for promoting student achievement this term during a period of unusual stress. Read the Spring 2020 Grading Policy
Computers and Software
Depending on your courses, you may need access to specific computer hardware and software. Your instructors should be able to advise you on what capabilities you will need to have. This will certainly involve access to Schoology and your Carthage email. It may also require you to be able to watch recorded videos or use video conferencing software for live class sessions.
If you do not have access to the technology you need — including access to the internet from a computer — please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. Please include what you need and why. We will do our best to help each student get the tools they need to succeed.
There are some internet service providers that are offering free service to students. Learn more about these services
Library and Information Services is providing a live system status page for our cloud and on-premise services, including Google apps and Schoology. See it on My.Carthage.edu
Getting Ready to Learn Online
Classes resume on Monday, March 23. What do you need to do?
- Check your Carthage email several times a day. Your instructors and the College will be contacting you in place of face-to-face contact, and much of this will happen by email. You may need to reply to messages, connect via links, and more, so stay connected!
- Log in to Schoology often. Your course materials should be posted in Schoology, and you will likely need to turn in your assignments, papers, and quizzes there as well.
- Put the Schoology app on your phone or tablet. See directions on using Schoology on your Android or see directions on using Schoology on your iPhone or iPad.
You will need to develop new habits and a routine. The key to success during this period will be communication and working together. If you have any questions, concerns, anxiety, etc., email your professors, your advisor, or other support folks.
Academic Resources and Support
Although you are not on campus, we are still here; we are only an email, a chat, or a phone call away.
- Center for Student Success — The Center for Student Success remains open with staggered in-person staffing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Programs such as the Wednesday Workshop Series, Carthage Academic Achievement Program, and College Success Seminar will continue online. Students can reach out to individual student success advisors or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Learning Accessibility Services — Students’ accommodations will remain in place during the period of virtual instruction. Testing accommodations, such as extended time for tests and quizzes, will apply to timed online tests. Students should contact instructors for the classes in which they anticipate needing accommodations, once you hear about the plan for each class. Questions? Email Diane Schowalter at email@example.com.
- The Writing Center — The Writing Center has moved online during the period of virtual instruction. All Writing Fellows will be working remotely and are happy to help you with your writing projects.
- The Tutoring Center — The Tutoring Center will offer online tutoring services during the period of virtual instruction.
Resources for Online Learning
- Internet at Home — Some internet service providers are offering free service or increased bandwidth to students.
- Tips for Online Learning — Hedberg Library staff have compiled tips for success with online learning.
- U-Haul — U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage at U-Haul owned facilities to students.
We will continue to post more resources to this page. If you see something missing, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org