Dear campus community,
Good Thursday morning.
Our week has turned warm and sunny reaffirming that Spring is really here, and everyone seems to be settling into our new routine of staying at home and social distancing. I know we’re all still adjusting, but I hope our online course delivery is getting at least a little simpler for everyone. Enjoy the great weather this afternoon if you can, and remember to follow the Stay at Home order and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and others.
Today, I’d like to share some new resources for faculty and students and remind you of a few tools to help ensure success. The most important tip I can give, however, is to reach out for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused. We’re all members of the Tech Family, and we care about each other.
The transition to online learning is happening all over the country, and it continues to be challenging for faculty and students alike. The Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS) have been aggregating information to help students and faculty learn more about online education. Information is available on the organizations’ websites:
- Student resources at LOUIS
- Faculty resources at LOUIS
- Distance-learning connectivity/digital resources
Tutoring and assistance
Remember that – even before the coronavirus outbreak – we offered some great resources to help you set the stage for success in your academic career. Our resources are now available online.
The Writing Center is still available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Set up a writing conference for tutoring, contact tutors there via email at email@example.com. Attach a copy of your paper in MS Word or pdf format.
The BARC offers tutoring online in math, statistics, physics, and chemistry and you can sign up for tutoring on the center’s website. Zoom tutoring is offered for students from 1-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday.
I say it a lot, but thank you for your commitment and perseverance this quarter. We want to see you all succeed, and I know you’ll make it. Just keep working at it.
We know that stress abounds on college campuses and particularly in times like this. Please know that you always have someone to talk to, someone who cares about you. Reach out to a friend, a colleague, a professor or an advisor. Also, know that our Counseling Services are available online.
Our University of Louisiana System provosts and deans have been in discussions about special academic guidelines and policies that need to be considered during this extraordinary time. These guidelines should be helpful to all. You will be hearing more about that over the next few days. Stay focused on your work and doing the best that you can.
While it is not what we all wished, this pandemic is providing us all with opportunities to learn and grow in ways that will help us be more successful in the future.
Keep your eyes open for a president’s zoom room and feel free to pop in.