Remote Instruction

The University has moved to remote instruction and is practicing social distancing for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. During this time, the Learning Centers will be offering services remotely. Our staff remain dedicated to students' success and are still here to support you.

Please do not hesitate to call (848) 932-0561 or send an email using our contact form.

Please visit our guide on How to Succeed in an Online Course for strategies to help you learn effectively in the virtual classroom environment.

TUTORING

The Learning Centers will be using the Webex platform to provide Online Tutoring beginning Monday, March 23rd through the remainder of the semester. Webex is available for free to all students at Rutgers – http://webex.rutgers.edu.

Here’s what you will need to access the Online Tutoring: 

  1. A laptop or desktop computer with webcam and microphone.
  2. An active Webex account through Rutgers – http://webex.rutgers.edu.

To access the Online Tutoring Schedule beginning, Monday, March 23rd:

  1. Click on the following link: Online Tutoring Schedule
  2.  Find the session you wish to join and click on the link up to ten minutes before, and any time during, the scheduled time slot.

Any questions, please email: macancio@rutgers.edu

ACADEMIC COACHING

The Learning Centers will be using the Webex platform to provide Academic Coaching beginning Monday, March 23rd through the remainder of the semester. Webex is available for free to all students at Rutgers – http://webex.rutgers.edu.

Here’s what you will need to access Online Academic Coaching:

  1. A laptop or desktop computer with webcam and microphone.
  2. An active Webex account through Rutgers – http://webex.rutgers.edu.

To access the Online Academic Coaching schedule beginning on Monday, March 23rd:

  1. Click on the following link:  Schedule an academic coaching appointment
  2. Select the date, time, and coach for your appointment.
  3. You will receive an email with a webex link to join the meeting before your scheduled appointment.

Questions? Please email Lucille Leung at llu@echo.rutgers.edu 

WRITING COACHING

The Learning Centers will be using Webex for online writing coaching, from Monday, March 23rd through the remainder of the semester.

Here's what you'll need to access Online Writing Coaching:

  1. A laptop or PC with webcam and microphone.
  2. An active Webex account through Rutgers – http://webex.rutgers.edu.

To schedule an Online Writing Appointment beginning Monday, March 23rd:

  1. Click on the following link:  Online Writing Coaching
  2. Select the week or month from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select the date, time, and writing coach for your appointment.
  4. You will receive an email with a calendar invite before your scheduled appointment.
  5. Questions? Please email Shawn Taylor at sktaylor@echo.rutgers.edu

STUDY GROUPS

Online study groups begin on Monday, March 23rd during their scheduled times.

The Learning Centers will be using Canvas and Big Blue Button for online study groups, which are offered through our Learning Assistant (LA) Program. If you are registered for a study group, you will be invited in advance to join a Canvas page through which you can access Big Blue Button for your online study group sessions.

To participate in the online study groups, you will need:

  1. To be registered for a study group. If you are currently not registered for a study group, you can register for one here: https://webapps.rutgers.edu/rlcstudygroup/login.aspx. (If you were already registered for a study group before the switch to online instruction, you need NOT register again.)
  2. To accept the invitation to the Canvas site specifically for the online study group sessions (all Canvas sites will be labeled as "[Course Name] Online Study Groups"). Students registered for study groups will receive an invitation for this from the LA Program.
  3. A laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone
  4. It is best to have Adobe Flash and Java installed on your computer to access screen sharing.

Questions? Please email the LA Program staff at learningassistants@echo.rutgers.edu.

PEER LEADER TRAINING

Our peer leaders who will be offering services online for the remainder of the semester are required to complete the Online Academic Support training module in Canvas. Peer Leaders will be given access to it by March 20th. If you are a peer leader and have not gained access to the module by March 20th, please contact your supervisor or email us at pltraining@echo.rutgers.edu.

All in-person professional development workshops have been cancelled and will be replaced with both synchronous and asynchronous online options. More details will be shared soon through email and our Peer Leader Training Calendar.

SUPPORT FOR FACULTY

We know that reworking your entire course to fit into an online format is a daunting task and it is difficult to translate the active learning components of your course online.  The LAs and the LA Program are here to help you achieve your active learning goals during this time. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see an attached document containing some recommendations for ways LAs can support your course if it moves online. 

LA study groups will continue to be offered at the same times but will also be moved to an online format. If you feel that you will not be able to utilize your LAs in an online setting for your lecture, lab or recitation and would like to have your LA run online study groups instead please reach out so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Over Spring Break we will be offering the Learning assistants training on running online study groups using conferencing tools in canvas, as well as facilitating discussion boards and question feeds through canvas. 

The LA program and the learning centers are committed to maintaining high quality academic supports no matter what actions the University takes in regards to COVID-19.  Please reach out to us if there is any assistance we can give your course during this hectic time by contacting Dr. Corey Ptak at corey.ptak@rutgers.edu.