We heard you! A few weeks ago we asked you, our students, what concerns you had for the upcoming Fall Semester 2020 and you told us loud and clear. And while we can’t say when COVID-19 will be contained, we can tell you we have answers to your top five concerns.
By far the biggest concern has been the move to online courses from in-person classes. When the new semester starts on Aug. 24, the majority of CGCC courses will be either online or live online. Want to know the difference between the formats? We outlined them here.
When you are taking live online courses, you will still feel that sense of being in class, but without the issue of trying to find a parking space on campus! You will experience a classroom environment, the ability to interact with your professors and fellow students. Make sure you continue to meet assignment deadlines too. Much like in-person classes, you’ll need to log on at the appropriate day and time the class meets so that your attendance can be taken.
For those classes that are on-your-own-time online courses, you decide when you log on to access your learning modules. You decide what pace you’ll take through the course. Just make sure you turn in your assignments on time!
Want to make the most of your online learning time?
- Make sure you have a strong wifi connection
- Use a laptop or tablet - phone screens are just too tiny!
- Find a quiet place where you can work
- Make sure you have a stable platform for your laptop or desktop. Use crates or stack large-format books to get your screen to a comfortable height.
- Limit distractions by keeping your “school space” strictly for school work. Try to stay away from the game apps!
- Keep a regular schedule so you get in the habit of “attending” class virtually
- You can also check out this page with even more tips
A quiet place
Finding a quiet space to study can be difficult with other family members also learning or working remotely. This step requires you to build a few boundaries by:
- Creating an “I’m in Class: Don’t Interrupt” sign
- Shutting and locking the door to your room
- Wearing headphones (and using mute during live-online sessions)
- Reduce noisy distractions by playing nature sounds on your favorite streaming app
- Talk to your family about your class and study schedule to coordinate better options for house duties and children’s (or sibling) schedules
The biggest advice we can provide is to realize no one is learning in a quiet space these days, so it’s OK if your classmates hear your noisy house. And it’s OK if your desk also serves as the kitchen table. Allow yourself the ability to work with what you have. You’re a resilient student and that’s all that matters.
We've got your resources
Just because you aren’t on campus doesn’t mean campus resources aren’t available to you. The library, Learning Center, technology services and academic advisors are all available virtually. In fact, the library’s Ask a Librarian service is available 24/7! All student resources can be accessed no matter where you are! If you can call, text or go online, you have access to everything CGCC offers to support your educational goals.
Financial aid at your fingertips
Accessing financial aid or assistance with financial aid is always available to you. CGCC now has a rapid response system that can answer simple questions or direct you to the right resource to help you keep your education plan on track. You can also click on our Live Support button that will take you immediately to the help you need. Or, pick up the phone and call 855.622.2332.
Of course, for the small cohort of students who will be on campus for hands-on classes, your safety is paramount! We have increased cleaning, reduced maximum occupancy in classrooms to help maintain physical distance, made face coverings mandatory, installed temperature check stations at entrances for your convenience and extra sanitizing stations throughout the buildings. Make sure you follow the many signs posted around campus to keep everyone safe.
You will need to monitor your own health every day and stay home if you feel sick. If you have:
- A fever
- Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing any of these please stay home! You’ll also need to email your instructor within 24 hours that you are ill. You are responsible for making arrangements to make up any coursework that you miss.
You can stay up to date with the latest guidance from the CDC here.
As you begin your first semester or continue with your education, please know that you are not alone. You have a community of staff and faculty here to support you. We are ready and willing to remove obstacles that impede your success.
We know this will be a semester unlike any other and we’re here to help. Have additional questions, you can contact us today!