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Academic Advising — COVID-19

Last updated May 21, 2020, 11:00 AM                                                                     

Due to the campus restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we encourage all Academic Advising initiatives to go online. We appreciate your support as we work to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe.

EOF Staff:

Tiffani Warren,
Dean of Learning
EOF Director
English Area Chair
Chair of Teaching, Learning, and Tech.
Roundtable (TLTR)Committee
908-835-2307
twarren@warren.edu
Dawn Smith,
Interim EOF Coordinator
College Marketing Integration
Coordinator
908-853-4029
dsmith3@warren.edu

 

Professor Sarah George,
Economics and Mathematics
Teaching Administrator
Economics and Mathematics Area Chair
EOF Faculty Mentor
sgeorge@warren.edu
Dr. Anthony Perone,
Biological Sciences and Medical Assisting
Teaching Administrator
Science Area Chair
EOF Faculty Mentor
aperone@warren.edu

 

RESOURCES FOR VIRTUAL ADVISING:

  1.  How can I get internet services or a loaner laptop?

Several companies including Verizon and Comcast have announced plans to offer free internet service for 60 days to households with students as classes are moving online amid concerns about COVID-19.  Please contact the companies at the phone numbers below directly to arrange services.

Student-Exclusive Online Offers: Keeping Students Connected When it Matters Most

Comcast – 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers

Students, faculty, and staff with wireless phone service may consider adding a personal hotspot to their plan in order to create their own WiFi network from a smartphone.  Most providers (e.g. Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon) offer personal hotspot service to be added to wireless plans for approximately $10 per month.

If you don’t have a laptop or have technology challenges, you should contact Dr. Marianne Van Deursen via email (vandeursen@warren.edu ) or leave a message at 908-835-2430.

  1.  What is virtual academic advising? 

Virtual advising involves conducting advising sessions using email, telephone, or video chat technology. This style of advising gives both students and advisors the opportunity for a face-to-face conversation.

  1.  What types of platforms are available for video chat conferencing?

Video chats are typically conducted via a computer, tablet or smartphone device, and may involve one-to-one interaction or one-to-many interaction. Examples include GoToMeeting, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and Google Meets.

  1.  How can I access GoToMeeting?

You will receive an email with a meeting request and link to join to the meeting on the scheduled date and time.

  1. What kind of equipment do I need for GoToMeeting?

During your meeting you will need access to a computer with video chat capabilities (internal or external camera) and a microphone. You can use your smartphone or tablet for virtual advising if necessary; however, access to a computer is preferable as you may want to share, receive, or view documents and resources that are easier to view and save them on a computer.

  1. How can I prepare for a virtual advising meeting?
    1. Review your advising worksheet
    2. Prepare a list of questions to ask the advisor
    3. Know your blocks for availability for scheduling classes
    4. Access forms from QuickLinks on the website at www.warren.edu
  1. How does FERPA impact my virtual advising meetings?

You should conduct your virtual meetings in a closed room (i.e. do not allow partners, friends, etc. to be in the background). Students are encouraged to participate in a virtual meeting in a closed room. Pets are okay. You must ensure that your advising practice, meetings, and interactions in no way divulge information about individual students.

  1. How can I sign up for advising meetings?

If you want to make an appointment with a Student Services Academic Advisor, you are encouraged to make use of StudentServices@warren.edu to schedule appointments.  If you would like to make an appointment with someone from the EOF team, see contact information and email directly.

  1. How can I reduce my own stress level?

CAVEAT:  This is informal advice. If you need comprehensive advice, please contact your health care provider

  • Make sure that you continue to eat healthy foods.
  • While it may not be advisable to go to the gym, you should feel free to take a walk.
  • Stay focused on the present. We don‚Äôt know what will happen tomorrow. Focus on what you can do now.
  • Try mindfulness strategies. There are a number of websites with free guided practices.
  • Even while practicing physical distancing, maintain your social contacts by phone, email, etc.

 

For more WCCC COVID-19 updates click here.

 

For additional resources available through the community, click here.

Be well and stay safe!

 

 

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