Important: COVID-19 Updates

Message from HCCC President Reber on Return to Campus (July 23, 2020)

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HCCC Restart Plan (July 22, 2020)
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Coronavirus Updates (June 1, 2020)
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To get the latest updates, visit our Return to Campus Task Force page.

    • Online and Remote Learning – Faculty Information
    • We are here to support everyone through this crisis and have created a COVID site for faculty as well as updated our portal page with several resources. In response to faculty needs, COL is providing workshops (you must register using your HCCC Email) and has converted the Faculty Online Orientation to meet the needs of remote instruction. Those who are teaching online now have a Certification for Teaching Online course that they can join. Students who are joining remote classes also have a course Canvas for the Classroom Student available where we support them through all the way.

      Canvas course sites

      • Every course has a Canvas site.
      • If your course is not on the Canvas Dashboard, click Courses on the global menu bar, then click All Courses and find your course there. If you still don’t see it, it’s likely you are not listed by the Registrar as the Instructor in Colleague/Liberty Link, and you should reach out to your subject area Coordinator and/or Dean.
      • Canvas course sites need to be “published” to be available to the students; to save a step, all Canvas course sites have been published by the COL.
      • For semester start times, visit the Academic Calendar page on the MyHudson Portal. (Faculty have access to Online courses two weeks prior to the course starting.)


      Remote Course Instructors

      • When students open your Canvas course site, the Course Home page should have welcoming and relevant information – it shouldn’t be blank. For non-Hudson Online courses, the Course Home page is set to the Canvas default which is Modules, so option one is to add content to the Modules section. If you prefer to add your content to the Syllabus section, change the Course Home page to Syllabus. Another option is to set the Course Home page to Course Activity Stream. Canvas provides documentation on how to change your Course Home Page.
      • For your students: The Center for Online Learning has created a free, non-credit, optional and self-paced Canvas course, Classroom Students Guide to Canvas Online. Students can self-enroll in this orientation for students at this URL: https://hccc.instructure.com/enroll/HXYHTK


      Hudson Online Instructors

      • Online and hybrid courses for have their content loaded, and should be checked by Hudson Online Instructors.
      • For your students: The Center for Online Learning has created a more extensive self-paced Canvas course, Hudson Online Orientation for Students which is free, non-credit, and optional. Students enrolled in a Hudson Online course will be automatically enrolled in this course.

      Support

      • Canvas provides 24/7 live support to all HCCC faculty via phone (call 833-685-8350). Click the Help icon on the green Navigation Bar in Canvas for other Help options. Canvas also supports students directly by phone (833-225-1548) or email (support@canvas.com.)

      • If your question is HCCC-specific:
        • Contact your Dean or Coordinator for academic queries
        • Contact the Center for Online Learning (201-360-4038; col@hccc.edu) for online learning and Canvas issues
        • Contact Information Technology Services (itshelp@hccc.edu) for login issues.
      • The COL offer workshops on Canvas; view the schedule and register on the COL Eventbrite page.

      Initial Preparation for Teaching Online and Remotely

      To prepare yourself to work remotely or online, please use the provided resources and checklist. These do not cover everything but have organized identified needs.

      1. Ensure access through a computer preferably or a smart phone if you do not own a computer. If you need access to a Chromebook, Fill out a form.

      2. Familiarize yourself by joining a workshop or an Online Orientation.

      3. There are additional resources on the MyHudson Portal and the Resource for Online Students page on the Hudson Website.

      4. For accessing files, access OneDrive Offsite Access To College Documents or contact the ITS Help Desk.

      Free Internet

      FCC Agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

      Comcast COVID-19 Response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time

      Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months

      AT&T COVID-19 Response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families

      Verizon COVID-19 Response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.

      Sprint COVID-19 Response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

      T-Mobile COVID-19 Response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge

      Instructional Tools

      Canvas
      All course sections have a shell on Canvas. Each course’s instructor and enrolled students have access to a course’s Canvas shell. Hudson Online courses in Canvas are pre-populated with course content. Remote course instructors need to populate their Canvas courses with content.

      To learn more about how to teach using Canvas and about online pedagogy, there is updated information and resources on the Center for Online Learning’s Portal page. A schedule of virtual workshops is available on the COL Eventbrite page.

      Web recordings are available on the Center for Online Learning Portal Page.

      Join the Faculty Orientation for helpful information using Canvas and Online Teachings.

      A sample module has been created in the Faculty Orientation Division Courses. Faculty are strongly encouraged to use this sample module as a template. You can also request COL to add the module to your courses.

      Faculty Mentors have been identified to assist their peers in transitioning course content to the Canvas platform. Faculty mentors will also provide pedagogical support.

      24/7/365 support from Canvas through chat, email, and phone (833-685-8350)

      Expanded support hours from The Center for Online Learning. COL can be contacted through email and by phone: 201-360-4038. Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon.





      WebEx
      At this time WebEx cannot be used inside Canvas. However, you can send the link to your room through an email or announcement in your Canvas course.

      WebEx is HCCC’s videoconferencing tool and is another option for maintaining instructional continuity. WebEx does require license holders to download software.

      Training
      Workshops are available online on registering here. Click here



      How To:
      Schedule a meeting through WebEx
      Schedule a synchronous WebEx meeting (Overview session)
      Record a WebEx meeting (Overview Session)

      Additional WebEx Resources:
      Cisco WebEx Coping with Low Bandwidth
      Cisco WebEx Remote Working Best Practices
      E-book on WebEx meetings
      Faculty and Student Essentials eBook





      Email
      Did you know that you can email all the students in your class through either Canvas or Liberty link?

      Both Canvas and Liberty Link (via the HCCC Portal) provide instructors with the option of emailing their entire class. How to email students through Canvas is covered in the Faculty Online Orientation.