Getting Started for Students
1. Take care of yourself and remember this is temporary.
Remember that crisis is not normal. This is a short-term solution to a difficult time. If you are ill, rest and take care of yourself.
2. Keep yourself informed about MSU's response to this rapidly evolving situation.
Frequently check MSU's COVID-19 Website for up-to-date information and updates.
Professors have been instructed to maintain frequent and detailed communications with students. They will be contacting students as soon as possible, outlining their expectations for class continuation, how to contact them, how to submit assignments and more. Communication will be maintained via email and/or Brightspace (MSU’s learning management system).
4. Advising and Tutoring Services
The MSU Advising Commons is working with the Provost’s Office to develop a webpage about how student advising will be addressed as MSU transitions to online learning. This webpage will be linked here as soon as it is available.
Similarly, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success is providing remote services with their Smarty Cats Tutoring and Learn From Anywhere Student Mentors to support online learning. Please check their website for updates about tutoring and other student support services.
5. Keep Up on Coursework and Meet Deadlines
Be aware that the flexibility of the online environment can be challenging for students who are prone to procrastination. Don’t be fooled by its flexibility! Courses are not self-paced. You will be required to keep up with homework, activities, and projects or reading assignments, and meet deadlines. Your professor will likely adjust the syllabus, deadlines and activities that were originally outlined in your course to adapt to online learning. These changes will be communicated to you. If you are struggling with the transition to online learning, please communicate with your professor right away.
6. Maintain Your Normal Daily Routine
Your professor may still host class during your regularly scheduled class time so make sure you’re available at that time. Though it may be tempting, please do not use normally scheduled class time to pursue other activities that do not relate to your classes. Your professor will communicate to you the schedule they will use once transitioned to online learning.
If you need accommodations or are having trouble with the alternative course-delivery formats due to a disability, the need for additional accommodations, or for any other reasons, please notify your professor right away.
Online learning is heavily reliant on technology. Please ensure that your computer and computer accessories, mobile devices, internet access and power sources are up to the task.
If you are having difficulties with technology, or lack access to the required technology, please contact your professor right away.
If you have absolutely no other place to go for internet connectivity for your courses and homework, there are resources available on campus, including computer labs. We must stress, however, we are asking you to remain away from campus, if you have other options.
University Information Technology (UIT) has a lot of support available on their website, as well as contact information for the UIT HelpDesk, 406-994-1777.
9. Have a Backup Plan
Technology can sometimes fail us. Connectivity and power supply fail. Computers crash. Have a backup plan and keep copies of your work on a cloud or backup device. Again, UIT and the HelpDesk are a great resource, 406-994-1777.
Exams for online courses are handled different than in-person courses. Your professor will provide you information on how exams will be conducted in your course.