Online Teaching & Learning

Resources & Support for Faculty & Students

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Our goal is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to support our mission of teaching and learning.

This site is intended as a resource for faculty, staff, and students ensure the progress of teaching and learning. Quincy College encourages faculty and staff to plan instructional activities to ensure the continuity of learning in light of COVID-19. The goal is to maintain the delivery of instruction as much as possible in order to minimize the disruption of student progress. This fall we are offering blended, only online, and hybrid course options at Quincy College.


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Student Online Teaching & Learning Resources

Here at Quincy College we are committed to your academic success. We understand that transitioning to online instruction does not come easy to every student. Keeping that in mind, we have created some resources to help you become more familiar to online instruction using Canvas.

Click here to view COVID-19 Fall Reopening Information

Download the Appropriate Virtual Learning Technology Use and Privacy Requirements

Click here to view external support services and resources for those who have been affected by COVID-19>>

Fall Semester

1. Five Tips for Student Success in the Online Classroom

2. Recommended Browsers

We have learned that Canvas works better with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox than with Internet Explorer. If Internet Explorer is currently your only browser, you may want to install Chrome or Firefox. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as updating to the most recent Flash plug-in. For more details, see Canvas Supported Browsers 

 3. Getting Help 

QC has purchased Tier 1 support, provided by Canvas. What does this mean for you? If you need help, you are able to reach out to them at any time.  Canvas Student Support is available 24/7, 365 days a year through chat, phone or via email. 

4. Canvas App 

The Canvas Student app is the mobile version of Canvas that helps students stay current with their courses anywhere. The app is handy for checking messages, completing assignments and quizzes, reading announcements, and checking your grades. Download the Canvas Student app on Android and iOS devices. You can find information about how to use the Canvas app in the Canvas Guides.  

5. How to Use Canvas – Student Guides 

Check out the links below for information about how to use Canvas. 

Canvas Student Guides  

Video: 

Using the Inbox 

How Do I Compose a Message? 

How Do I Reply to a Message? 

How Do I Find My Unread Messages? 

Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes 

How Do I Submit an Online Assignment? 

How Do I Upload a File to My Assignment Submission? 

How Do I Reply to a Discussion Topic? 

How Do I Take a Quiz or Exam? 

5. Setting Your Notification Preferences 

You can select how and when you want to be notified when various events occur within a course. You will be notified whenever there is a change in a due date, an updated assignment, or a message sent from within Canvas. Canvas supports notification through email, SMS text message, and Twitter. You can choose to receive notification alerts immediately, daily, weekly, or never.  

For instructions, seeHow Do I Set My Notification Preferences? 

Profile and Settings 

How Do I Add a Profile Picture? 

How Do I Add a Text Contact Method on Canvas?  

6. How to Download the Free Adobe Reader 

Some of the files in this course are PDF files and require Adobe Reader. If you don’t have Adobe Reader on your computer, download the free Adobe Reader. 

7. Additional Canvas Tools 

  • For more information about other Canvas tools please review for information on: 

How to Customize your Zoom Background

1.  Once logged into your Zoom Account, go to Settings – This will populate a settings popup. From the left hand navigation, choose Virtual Background.

2. When you select Virtual Backgrounds, this will allow you to choose from five Zoom provided backgrounds. When you select a background, if you have your webcam on and active, it will show you what your background will look like.

3. If you have a green screen, select the radial check box: I have a green screen. If you do not have a green screen, do not select this option.

4. Please choose to mirror your screen. This will mean your movement will appear mirrored to you as others will see you.

5. To upload your own zoom background, like the Quincy College Zoom backgrounds, simply choose the (+) plus sign button from the Virtual Background Settings. This will open a prompt to allow you to navigate to your image or video.

6. This will allow you to add an image or video to your background. At this time, we recommend adding an image to the library. Navigate to your saved Quincy College backgrounds.

Download a Quincy College Zoom Background. 

To download an image, click the link below. Then right click on the image and select “Save Image to Downloads”.


Free Student Resources


Quincy College Fall & Spring Course Materials

Questions? Contact the Barnes & Noble Store Manager Tyler Swain at 617-405-5934 or SM8113@bncollege.com

All books and materials must be ordered online through the Barnes and Noble at Quincy College Website: quincycollege.bncollege.com

  • Any order over $25 qualifies for FREE shipping
  • In-Store Pick-Up is NOT an option
  • Financial Aid can be used at checkout – if you are having issues with payment, contact financialaid@quincycollege.edu for a “book voucher.”

How to Order

Get Fall & Spring Course Materials Here

  • Choose Department
  • Choose Course Number
  • Choose Section Number
  • Choose PREFERRED condition – If the condition requested is not available, it will be substituted with an available option.
  • Proceed to Checkout

*Textbook Returns accepted up to 14 days after purchase date via UPS shipment or in-person during designated drop off days.
*General Merchandise/Electronic sales are FINAL unless defective.


COVID-19 Emergency Funding – CARES Act

The application period for emergency funding request has ended. Funds under Section 18004(c) of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act are designed to meet the pressing financial needs caused by the disruption of campus operations from the coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Eligible students must be enrolled at Quincy College during the spring or summer 2020 semesters in at least one on-campus class prior to campus disruption due to COVID-19.

CARES Act- Spring/Summer 2020 – Distribution of Funds to Eligible Students

As of this date, 2201 students have received a total of $1,385,068 in funding and this completes the distribution of CARES Act Section 1 for students. (Last Updated: 9/26/2020)

Questions about the CARES Act Emergency Fund for Students?

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

 



Quincy College Student Services are available for all students. We invite you to our Academic Tutoring page for more information

Faculty Online Teaching & Learning Resources

The information on this page is designed to support your efforts with online instruction, we have put together some information on the basics of using Canvas, maintaining student connections and best practices for online instruction.

Getting Started – Consider Your Priorities

Regardless of the course content, we recommend that you focus on the basics. Moving your campus class to remote instruction does not mean that you have to become an expert in online teaching.

It is far more important to:

  1. Effectively communicate with your students
  2. Maintain academic integrity by setting reasonable expectations on course activity, assignments and assessments
  3. Stay flexible

Transitioning with Quality Matters

Priority Tip

Explain how your remote class will be structured, if students need to log on for synchronous/virtual (and how), where they can find assignment information, and how they should submit assignments.


To Do

When you realize that you are moving your campus course to remote instruction quickly, there are some priorities to consider right away.  The following list will help you prioritize your continued teaching; consider expectations and requests or accommodations; and most importantly, keep in mind the impact that all of this has on our students.

  1. Communicate with your Dean. Details about the situation and expectations may change. Be sure to be in communication with your Dean.
  2. Communicate with your students. Even if the details or not certain or incomplete, communicate with your students as soon as possible to let them know you are working to help them move forward with their coursework. The first thing you should let them know is your expectations regarding checking email, communications and Canvas use, if applicable. In Canvas, the fastest way to communicate with students is to post an Announcement. Suggest to students that they should adjust their notifications settings to allow for copies of Announcements to be forwarded to their email address.
  3. Review your course priorities. Identify your course priorities as you plan for remote instruction. Think about how you will communicate lectures or notes, structure discussions, group work, collecting assignments, etc. What activities should you reschedule for a later date and what can be done remotely? Give yourself some flexibility in your schedule to accommodate the various changes you have made regarding your remote course.
  4. Review your syllabus for changes. Please be mindful with anything that changes according to your original syllabus. Students may be confused with the changes and they will appreciate relevant details when you are able to provide them.
  5. Use tools and approaches most familiar to you and your students. Now is not the time to introduce technology tools for their “bells and whistles”. Rely on tools and strategies that you know are logical to the work students must complete and the subject area. Only use new tools if necessary. Reach out to the QC Online Learning and Teaching team or IT with questions or concerns about the use of technology tools. If you are using Canvas, remember that Canvas Support is available as well. Introducing a lot of new tools and strategies may take time away from learning.
  6. Identify new expectations and deadlines for students.  As you work out your plan for remote instruction, you will find yourself reconsidering some of your expectations for students such as class participation, communication, assignment details and deadlines. Be sensitive and ready to equitably handle requests for extensions, extra support and accommodations without compromising academic integrity.
  7. Create a detailed communications plan. Once you have finalized details about changes to the course, communicate them to the students in a way that makes most sense to your current class. For example, keep things simple and consider that email might be the easiest way to communicate. When you reach out to the students remember to clearly explain the expectations regarding how they can contact you and how soon they can expect a reply. They will have many, many questions and concerns, so try to problem-solve proactively and perhaps create an FAQ document that can be emailed out to them and/or posted in the Canvas course.

Let’s Begin with the Basics

Here at QC we have many tools to help us deliver our courses remotely. However, if you have never taught remotely or if you are unfamiliar with Canvas, this resource provides a nice starting point. Let’s begin with a few basics about Canvas as a learning management system and how to use a few tools to offer remote instruction.


Transition with Quality Matters – Preparing for Success

Set students up for success by quickly preparing your remote course before students begin work and orienting them to their new “classroom” reality – this may include collecting links for technology help, setting communication policies, drafting an explanation of what’s different, linking to synchronous meeting tools, and revising the schedule. Address the biggest questions students might have, and help diminish any immediate concerns in moving to remote instruction.


To Do

If you have never logged into Canvas before, you will first need to gain familiarity with Canvas’s most basic functions. For a general overview of Canvas, review our Canvas Guide detailing how to log into Canvas, get Canvas help, and basic how-to tutorials. If you only have time to focus on a few skills, then the most important things to learn are:

  1. How to communicate with your students via Canvas Announcements and Canvas’s internal messaging tool – Canvas’s internal messaging tool will send your students an email notification in their inbox so that they know you have contacted them.
  2. How to email your students. You can send a message to individual students or the entire class via Canvas Conversations.
  3. How to upload files to your course, including adding your syllabus document to your course’s Syllabus page.

You will be able to access your courses from your Canvas Dashboard. If you don’t see your desired course on your Dashboard, you will find it on your All Courses page: Simply select Courses on the global navigation menu on the left of the screen, then select All Courses.


Maintaining Consistent Connections

Once you are a bit more familiar with the basic features of Canvas, you’re ready to think about the different ways you can maintain consistent connections with your students via asynchronous tools in Canvas. From posting readings to submitting assignments, the bulk of Canvas features support asynchronous (independent) course learning.


Transitioning with Quality Matters – Clear Communications

Set students up for success by providing explicit directions and comparisons of the structure of the remote version with the on-campus version, clearly identifying where students can find course components and what they should do to get started. Quickly transitioning a course from on campus delivery to a remote format is likely to modify the structure of a course in ways that students might find foreign or confusing. This is especially true for students new to using the internet or remote learning in general.

Priority Tips

  • Explain to students how they should contact you (email, via online office hours, through Canvas, etc.), how often they should log in to the class site, which activities are synchronous vs. asynchronous, and any guidelines for communicating with peers (e.g., professional communication, “Netiquette”, etc.).
  • Tell students when they will receive an answer to an emailed question (e.g., 24 hours) and when they can expect assignment grades and feedback.

To Do

In your on-campus courses, you have established a consistency by meeting with students every week on the same day and time. It can put students at ease if you bring this consistency to your remote classroom by telling students when they will receive a reply to a question, and when they will receive assignment feedback and grades. Sharing with students what they can expect from you might also make them feel at ease in a time change and uncertainty.

From posting assignments to submitting homework, the bulk of Canvas features support asynchronous course activity. Here are some to consider using:

  1. Creating Discussion boardsassignments, and quizzes may also help make up for lost class time.
  2. Consider using the Canvas Record Media feature or TechSmith Relay to quickly create and share videos with your class or create video assignments for your students.

Additional Resources

Resources and Tutorials for TechSmith Relay

Strategies for Managing Online Discussions —Faculty Focus

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices —Faculty Focus


Consider Best Practices for Remote Instruction

Quality Matters suggests that we continue to ease the anxiety by helping students to establish social presence online, providing guidance and explanation similar to what you’d say in class, and considering best practices for remote teaching with technology.


Transitioning with Quality Matters – Make Connections to Learning

Priority Tip

Just as you would in your on-campus class, introduce assignments using text, audio or video by going over the instructions, providing relevant examples and reminding students how the assignment is connected to their learning. Include clear information, whether through an assignment prompt, rubric, or other means, about how the assignment will be graded.


To Do

  1. Keep it Simple: In many cases our students many only have a phone available, so please consider reaching out to your student to determine the base mode of exchanging information. For example, if you are using a mobile (phone) formats PDFs are the most common and easiest to use. This means that you might consider saving your PowerPoints, and other documents as PDFs.
  2. Here are some links to help you save documents in different formats.
  3. Create Accessible Canvas Content for ALL students
    1. Become familiar with how to ensure accessible documents for those students who use screen readers.
    2. Follow guidelines for creating accessible course content using Canvas.

Canvas Resource Videos

These videos are designed to support your success on using the basic Canvas features to help with the transition to remote instruction.


Additional Resources


Quincy College – Let’s Stay Connected

We are committed to providing tools that help our faculty and students stay connected to learning resources and, more importantly, to each other. We have recently integrated Microsoft Teams and Zoom for use in Canvas. Please see below for a list of our resources available to help keep you connected.

How to Customize your Zoom Background

1.  Once logged into your Zoom Account, go to Settings – This will populate a settings popup. From the left hand navigation, choose Virtual Background.

2. When you select Virtual Backgrounds, this will allow you to choose from five Zoom provided backgrounds. When you select a background, if you have your webcam on and active, it will show you what your background will look like.

3. If you have a green screen, select the radial check box: I have a green screen. If you do not have a green screen, do not select this option.

4. Please choose to mirror your screen. This will mean your movement will appear mirrored to you as others will see you.

5. To upload your own zoom background, like the Quincy College Zoom backgrounds, simply choose the (+) plus sign button from the Virtual Background Settings. This will open a prompt to allow you to navigate to your image or video.

6. This will allow you to add an image or video to your background. At this time, we recommend adding an image to the library. Navigate to your saved Quincy College backgrounds.

Download a Quincy College Zoom Background. 

To download an image, click the link below. Then right click on the image and select “Save Image to Downloads”.

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