Keep on Learning
Under unusual and difficult circumstances (weather-related campus closures, pandemics. personal crisis, etc), Moravian faculty and staff will continue to work hard to ensure your education continues.
The resources included here will continue to be updated as we prepare for Fall 2020, wherein the campus will be open, activities taking place with needed alterations, and courses offered in a variety of modes.
Communicating with Faculty
If you foresee a possible interruption with your academic work, your best safety net is to keep in communication with your faculty. Unless otherwise indicated, Moravian email is the preferred means of communication. Please check your email regularly. You may receive instructions from your faculty member in email or posted in Canvas. If you have questions about your course, the faculty member is the best resource.
Keeping Current with Your Courses
Canvas will be the primary platform used to help you stay current in your coursework, unless your faculty member tells you otherwise. Go to canvas.moravian.edu, and login with your username and password. If you would like to review a short course about learning online, this micro-course on online learning might be useful.
Faculty are using quality standards and expectations drawn from national best practices in online learning to support all online portions of classes or online learning at Moravian. It is important for students to review these and know what to expect in any online learning.
A guide for how students should think about operating in online classes and being part of online course communities may also be helpful. To access this guide, please click here.
Shifting to New Technologies
Be proactive about asking for support while you are shifting to new technologies.
First, check your equipment: Make sure that your computer software is up to date and that you have a webcam available, if you need one. (If you have a Moravian-issued Mac, you have a built in webcam.)
Get Canvas assistance: For how-to Canvas questions, contact 24/7 Canvas support via online chat by clicking on Help in the lower left sidebar of Canvas or by phone at 1-866-437-5895.
Get IT assistance: Reach out to the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-861-1500 if you have questions or issues.
Concerns about your internet connection? Some of us—students and faculty—live in locations that don’t have the same dependable high speed internet that we have come to rely on. If you have concerns about your internet connection for the various virtual courses ahead for you, please contact your professor. Many classes are having their sessions recorded, and faculty are more than willing to work with students to adapt to the current situation.
Please remember that your courses might still be a works-in-progress. You should check in regularly on Canvas and in your email for updates from your professor and from the college.
Keeping Connected with Other Students
In addition to emailing classmates and other students, you have some Moravian-based ways to connect with other students in small or large groups:
Zoom: All students have a basic user account that can host meetings with up to 100 participants. However, if 3 or more participants join, the meeting will time out after 40 minutes. Instructions for using Zoom are posted here.
Google Hangouts Meet: More information on how to use Hangouts Meet is available here.
Big Blue Button is built into Canvas as Conferences. Students can create a conference if they are part of a student group or class cohort in Canvas. Student Guide for Conferences is available here.
Class Schedules and Timing
If your instructor decides to hold live videoconferencing (synchronous) class sessions, these will most likely take place in Zoom and should be held at your scheduled class time. Instructions for using Zoom are posted here.
Some faculty may choose not to hold any live class sessions and opt for asynchronous delivery. In that case, they will share content and exercises for you to complete on your own. They will stipulate the due dates and expectations for your participation.
Some faculty will engage in several modes of delivery, including in-person instruction. Pay close attention to instructions from your faculty members on meeting expectations.
Your faculty member will provide submission instructions and areas for assessments in Canvas, check your course, and if you are unsure, contact your instructor. Other faculty may ask you to send in your assignments via email or through Google. It is important that you closely follow the directions of the faculty for each of your classes.
Tests, Quizzes, and Exams
Faculty will choose different methods for tests, quizzes, and exams. Some faculty will want you to use software that ensures the academic integrity of your work, meaning they want to verify, even at a distance, that you are the only person completing this work. Canvas at Moravian allows faculty the option to require Respondus software. One feature, Lockdown Browser, prevents access to websites other than Canvas during an assessment, and the other feature, Monitor, will use your webcam to record you while you take an assessment. A brief guide to using these applications can be found here.
Academic Support and the Writing Center
Academic Support will continue to provide peer education, both subject matter tutoring and Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), virtually as consistently as possible. For PASS-embedded courses, students should watch for communications from faculty and PASS leaders. For all peer education in Academic Support, online sign-up is available in Momentum, and appointments will be shifting to Zoom. Please see this page for instructions.
The Writing Center will also be offering virtual appointments and using their regular booking system, WCOnline.
Students with VA Benefits
International Students with F-1 Visas
Advising and Registration FAQs
If you can’t reach your advisor and are concerned about registration, please contact the Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Support Services, Dr. Monica Jacobe, at email@example.com.
Undeclared students with 16 units or more need to work on a plan to declare their major with their advisor in order to avoid a hold on their account that would prevent registration.
No other undeclared students need to prioritize major declaration plans at this time, although you are more than welcome to work with your advisor on the steps needed to make a major declaration.
Accommodation and Accessibility Services FAQs
Yes, all accommodations will be honored. Please note that the Accessibility Services Center does not have specific information about how each course will be delivered. Reach out to your instructors to discuss how changes in instruction will impact you.
If you need additional help in communicating with your instructors about accommodations, please feel free to share our new faculty resources link that you can access by clicking here.
If you need additional disability-related accommodations, contact ASC as soon as possible to discuss your needs. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can email email@example.com with questions. All student meetings will be conducted remotely until further notice. Students should work directly with their faculty and IT and/or Canvas Support to provide virtual testing with appropriate accommodations.
Other Supports Available to Students
We know that uprooting your life and making drastic changes in response to a crisis can be overwhelming. LVAIC recently published a list of resources and supports available to help ease some of the challenges that students may be facing. These include resources for internet, bill forgiveness, free access to textbooks and resources for storage and rental cars. If you are interested in learning more, click here for the full list.