Keep on Learning
Under unusual and difficult circumstances (weather-related campus closures, pandemics. etc), Moravian faculty and staff will continue to work hard to ensure your education continues.
Due to Governor Wolf's most recent restrictions, all face-to-face classes are suspended at Moravian College through the end of the semester and all residence halls will be closed effective March 21, 2020. Our learning management system, Canvas, will be the primary platform used for delivering your classes remotely. Your faculty may choose to deliver synchronous (real-time) videoconferences, may post content for you to read or watch asynchronously, or may engage in a combination of instructional modes. It is important to remember that each faculty member will approach this differently.
Access 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.
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.
Communicating with Faculty
Unless otherwise indicated, Moravian email will be the preferred means of communication. 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.
Communicating 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. Pay close attention to instructions from your faculty members while classes are operating virtually. Please also remember that virtual course delivery is new to many Moravian faculty, and they are learning, too.
Your faculty member may have added submission 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 while face-to-face classes are not being held. 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 subject matter tutoring, online sign-up is still 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
Advising will continue while face-to-face classes are not being held, and Fall 2020 course registration timelines remain unchanged. Advisors will be conducting all appointments virtually as of March 16, regardless of whether a student remains on campus. Please watch for communication from your academic advisor that addresses the mode of communication for virtual advising for Fall 2020 registration.
If you can’t reach your advisor and are concerned about registration, please contact the Director of Academic Advising and Support Services, Dr. Monica Jacobe, at email@example.com.
- Monday, March 23 7:00am Graduate/Post-Graduate & Add-Venture
- Wednesday, March 25 7:00am Seniors (Earned units 22.75 or more)
- Friday, March 27 7:00am Juniors (Earned units 14.75 - 22.74)
- Monday, March 30 7:00am Sophomores (Earned units 6.75-14.74)
- Wednesday, April 1 7:00am Freshmen (Earned units 6.74 or less)
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.
The last day to withdraw from a class is Saturday, May 2.
To withdraw from a course without coming to campus or if you need virtual approval from any faculty members, first email your advisor and the instructor for the course you want to withdraw from. Your advisor needs to reply all with approval and your instructor needs to reply all with approval and give the last date of your attendance. When you have approval from both, forward the email to the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodation and Accessibility Services FAQs
Yes, all accommodations will still be honored during this period. 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 email@example.com.
ASC is no longer open as of 4:30 p.m. on March 16. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. All student meetings will be conducted remotely, and proctoring will not be available between March 16 and 30. 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.