Resources to keep you connected
As the Eckerd Community recovenes on August 31, we understand some students won’t be able to join us for a multitude of reasons. You’re still a part of the Eckerd Life, and until you can come back, we want you to stay engaged in classes, events and relationships.
These resources are designed to help you maximize your remote studies and college experience. For more information on what is available to you, email the Office of Accessibility at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know you’d rather be on Eckerd’s campus, in your classes with faculty, studying in the library and enjoying well-earned down-time with a South Beach sunset. But stay focused on your academic work! We’ve developed this toolkit to see you through until we can come back together to celebrate our resilience Eckerd-style.
Remote learning tips
- Create a learning space. Wherever you are, create a space for yourself conducive to learning. Whatever that means for you. Make sure there’s space for your computer or tablet, your textbooks and notes. Hang a “Do not Disturb” sign on your door so that you can study uninterrupted. This will be especially important when taking timed exams!
- Get connected. Find a computer you can use. If you don’t have a computer, find a tablet. No tablet? Got a smartphone? You’re all set.
- Embrace integrity. Remember the Eckerd College Honor Pledge and Shared Commitment. It applies to you on campus, off campus, and throughout your life.
- Be kind. Be helpful. This is new to us too. Those first few days of remote course delivery may be bumpy. We’ll get through it. We’re committed to helping you finish this semester, and we will!
- Be proactive. Check your Eckerd email frequently. Make sure your laptop is always charged. Keep track of how each professor is handling remote learning, and get a plan together for each class.
- Ask for academic help. Faculty will have office hours. Take advantage of them! Ask questions, send emails! Call them! Talk to your mentors and your professors. Struggling to get organized? Our academic coaches are here and ready to help! Visit this site and schedule a videochat with them. We’ll get through it together.
- Feeling stressed? Reach out. We’re still here for you.
- Stay in touch. Be sure to check your Eckerd email and log into Moodle at least daily for important communications from the faculty and staff.
Stay in touch with friends
- Set up a Google Meet with members of your favorite Eckerd club. Practice yoga together across the miles. Have a virtual art show with friends. Start a gaming tournament.
- Finished with your coursework for the day? Try Netflix Party, a free app that allows you to watch movies and your favorite shows with friends near and far.
- Remember: When you joined the Eckerd community, you were part of a Facebook Group for your class year. The groups still exist! Connect with your classmates!
Get your technology
Home Internet options
If you or your parents don’t have reliable connections to help complete your remote courses, please contact Information Technology Services at email@example.com.
How to prepare your technology for remote instruction
Prepare your devices and your learning environment. A laptop or desktop computer with a web camera will provide the best experience. A tablet would also provide adequate access, especially if you purchase a Bluetooth keyboard to make typing easier. Many of Eckerd’s online tools can also be accessed from an iPhone or Android smartphone.
Learning Management with Moodle
Eckerd’s Learning Management System (LMS) is Moodle. You should already be familiar with this website because it is where your instructors post their course syllabi. Faculty will make greater use of this system as we teach from a distance. Depending on the course, this site could be used for online discussions, posting course materials, taking online quizzes, and submitting written assignments.
Video conferencing with Google Meet
Google Meet will be the preferred platform for live interaction with instructors and your fellow students. It is available for Windows, MAC OS, Android, and iOS. Learn more about Google Meet here. ITS has prepared a training video for faculty, but students may find it helpful as well. Note: You can join a Meet if you were added to the calendar event, or if you have an @eckerd.edu email address; if an external participant tries to join a Meet, the organizer will be asked whether to admit this person.
Google G Suite Apps
Eckerd College provides students access to Google’s G Suite tools such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. You can use these applications to type papers, create presentations, and generate spreadsheets. The documents can be shared directly with your instructors or can be downloaded in Microsoft Office or PDF formats so that they can be submitted to your Moodle course.
- Google Docs training and help
- Google Slides training and help
- Google Sheets training and help
- Google Drive training and help
- Google Forms training and help
Need technical support?
Student support services
Outreach Services, Health Promotion and Counseling Services
We’re still here for you. Outreach Services stands ready to support students remotely through video or phone appointments. If you are experiencing any emotional or academic stress, have a question or concern, or need connected to resources, please fill out this form and we will be in touch. If it’s an Eckerd friend you’re worried about, submit a referral here. And don’t forget about these national resources:
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 or for students of color text STEVE to the same number.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
- The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Crisis Line): 1.866.488.7386
Counseling Services will continue to virtually support your mental health needs If you are in need of mental health counseling, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be scheduled with a counselor to consult about your mental health needs. Counseling Services highly recommends that if you are in need of mental health support you can physically visit that you locate a therapy provider in your area by searching the online database provided by your health insurance provider, utilizing Psychology Today, or calling your local hospital for suggestions.
Check out these resources to address coronavirus anxiety:
- Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19
- 7 Science-based Strategies to cope with COVID-19 anxiety
- Taking care of your mental health during a time of uncertainty
- Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety
- Free Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty
Center for Academic Excellence
Your success remains our top priority! Find resources for academic coaching and tutoring, information on scholarship, fellowship, and grant opportunities, and assistance with graduate school or Peace Corps preparation.
Student academic accommodations
We want to assure you that if you have established accommodations through the Office of Accessibility, we are still here to help you access your academic program no matter how it is delivered.
Online volunteering for Reflective Service Learning hours
Don’t let remaining off-campus keep you from earning your required RSL volunteer hours! Online volunteering is a great way to get involved without leaving your home, and this article gives a great description of virtual volunteering. Examples include:
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
- Red Cross Digital Volunteers
- United Nations Volunteers Online
- Missing Maps
The following websites are broad volunteer databases, which may include digital options:
Visit the RSL website to learn more and find contact information for RSL staff.
Students may contact the team by writing to email@example.com with any questions. In your spare time, take the Strong Interest Inventory and “What Can I Do With This Major?” to understand your interests and refine your professional path.
Find info about any upcoming virtual events, on their Virtual Events page.
The offices of Advocacy Services, Community Standards and Title IX continues to accept reports from on and off-campus students, including reports of online abuse or harassment. Email the appropriate office to schedule a virtual appointment.
Photo: Jasmine Mariaca ’20
Center for Spiritual Life
The College chaplains are only a call or email message away! Eckerd College chaplains are available for support and guidance in times of crisis—especially as you continue your studies remotely—and we are also available to you as you think about life goals or ask the big questions while away from campus. All of our chaplains are here for you even if you’re not religious. Contact chaplains at 727.864.8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org or CSL Student Coordinators at email@example.com.
Online meditations, spiritual exercises, and links to online religious services are provided at our Spiritual Life internal site—available to all with an Eckerd email account.
The Eckerd Everywhere calendar lists all Campus Activities events with a virtual component. Stay connected to fitness and other fun throughout the semester by checking the calendar at the start of each week!
Diversity and Inclusion
Belonging doesn’t stop when you leave campus. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion continues to support Eckerd students—no matter where they reside—with connecting to one another and making their voices heard.
Eckerd Safe Zone (LGBTQ+ awareness) training will be made available online to students via webinar.