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Remote Education

As George Fox moves to remote learning, please know this: You are not alone! Here are some resources and strategies to help you be successful during this transition.

General Tips

  • Check email frequently for communication from professors. We recommend turning “on” email notifications on phones and computers to stay up to date.
  • Confirm you have sufficient access to internet services to participate in course learning activities. Here is a list of technical requirements to complete your coursework. Technical Support FAQ
  • Choose your preferred tool for keeping track of your to-do list, due dates and schedule
  • Review each of your original syllabi and watch for communications from your faculty. on changes to due dates, assignments and exams. Update your calendar accordingly.
  • Follow your typical weekly schedule as much as possible. For example, if you have a class that meets MWF from 9 to 9:50 a.m., use that time for learning activities related to that course.
  • If you are unable to complete an assignment, test, or other course activity, email your professor as soon as possible. Explain your situation if household disruptions prevent you from completing your work on time despite your best efforts to plan ahead.
Here is a list of university offices, their phone numbers and links to their web pages.
  • Whether you are living at home with your family or with other students in a house or apartment, you should sit down and have a discussion about how you can help each other with this adjustment.
  • Prepare for this discussion by constructing an outline of the amount of time that you will need to devote to coursework and the types of tasks you will be doing. For example, will you sometimes need quiet space so that you can engage in online class discussions using a speaker and microphone? Your family or roommates will be better able to support your learning if they are aware of your needs.
  • If you are living at home with family members who work or are also in school, consider working during the same hours that they do to help remove the temptation to socialize when you intended to be studying.
  • If you are living in a household with young children or others who require care, be sure to clarify with the rest of your family who will be responsible for providing that care and at what times.

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  • Keep your learning materials handy. Make it easy for yourself to attend class or complete assignments. Keep paper, pens, chargers and other materials all together to make work convenient. If possible, keep a dedicated space in your home set up with these materials ready to go. If it’s not possible to keep a dedicated space, then keep everything together in a box or backpack, and treat that at your mobile home office.
  • Do you need quiet space to engage in online classes? If you cannot escape background noise in your home, remember to mute the microphone as needed. Keep a notecard handy stating that class is in session, and make it visible to others in your living space.
  • You should develop habits around your state of mind as well. Get dressed for an online class just as you would for an in-person class.
  • Take a few minutes before each class session to think about what material will be covered that day and what questions you may have.
  • If you have trouble shifting your focus away from goings-on in your apartment or with your family, try quiet breathing exercises as you sit down to study.

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  • Find ways to stay connected with friends and classmates. If you always eat meals with the same group when you’re on campus, try having a regular group call while you eat so that you can catch up and support each other. Lean on your friends for social support, but also work to keep each other accountable to your goals and priorities.
  • Check with your faculty about whether they encourage similar online interactions for class study groups. They may be open to ideas about how to engage students in their coursework and support their success during this time.
  • While it may take some time – especially at first – for offices to be able to return every email or find out the answer to every question, be encouraged to reach out and ask for help when you need it.
  • Be patient with your faculty as they work to reformat their courses and address any unforeseen issues that are likely to arise, but be sure to email or call when you need clarification or feel that you are missing information.
  • Contact your professors, academic advisors, CAP coaches, area coordinators/residence life/university housing, athletic coaches, spiritual life staff, learning support staff, student life office, registrar’s office, librarians, or others if you need assistance of any kind. If you’re not sure who to contact, start with the student life office (studentlife@georgefox.edu, 503-554-2310) and we will have someone connect with you.

Distance Learning Questions

Each of your courses has a page in FoxTALE. You should find resources and activities there. In addition, your faculty members may provide links to Google or other resources within FoxTALE.

That is to be determined by individual faculty members. Some may choose to have the whole class log in together during class time for some courses. You should receive information from your faculty members by email. Please read your George Fox email daily.

It will most likely be done through your course site in FoxTALE, but your professor will communicate other expectations for you if they have them.

Faculty will provide links in emails or posted in FoxTALE. They have been encouraged to post longer lectures on YouTube, so be sure you have access.
Likely in many of the same ways you do now! You can use email, FaceTime, Google Hangout, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, online forums in FoxTALE, etc. Please do not meet in person due to social distancing requirements set by public health officials.
You will not have access to those spaces and your faculty will be making other arrangements to complete equivalent work for the remainder of this semester.
Now that the last day to withdraw from spring semester 2020 classes has passed, all you need to do is petition for a late withdrawal and it will be approved. The deadline to submit your petition is Sunday, April 26.

To request a late withdrawal from one class, simply complete the Academic Petition Form and select the “Withdraw from a class after the withdrawal deadline” option. To request a late withdrawal from all of your classes this semester, log in to MyGeorgefox and follow the instructions here for Withdrawal/Leave of Absence.
Faculty may approve to move a student’s grading protocol to Pass/No Pass at the student’s request. This can be requested through Sunday, April 26. Grades that would have been A, B, C, or D can be recorded as a Pass. Only F grades would be recorded as a No Pass for spring 2020 semester only. There is a limit of 2 classes per student and major requirement classes are ineligible.

Technical Support

Get started with Zoom video conferencing (How some lectures will be delivered)

Get started with google hangouts (A great collaboration and study tool)

FoxTALE

Technical Support Questions

The IT Service Desk is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone 503-554-2569 or email servicedesk@georgefox.edu

The Digital Learning team is also available to help you seven days a week by email (digitallearning@georgefox.edu) or phone (503-554-6128). You can expect a response within 24 hours.

Campus has a limited number of Chromebooks or other basic laptops to check out. Here is an additional resource to borrow a laptop temporarily.Please email circadmin@georgefox.edu to make arrangements for pickup. If you do not have internet access, please contact your faculty members directly to make other arrangements to complete coursework.

Many internet companies are offering free home internet setup and service for 60 days. Comcast/Xfinity has given free access to all hot spots for any user (not just Xfinity customers). Enter an address or ZIP code to see Xfinity hotspots . Some mobile phone companies are providing increased or unlimited data; check with your carrier for details about your data plan.

Video Conferencing Tips

  • To get started, connect your laptop to a power adapter, be as close to the wireless router as possible, or try to connect to your internet router by cable rather than WiFiI. Keep the device in the same location because moving around might cause the video to cut out. 
  • If you have others using your internet connection, you might recommend they limit intensive activity for the duration of the Zoom call. Surfing the internet is probably OK, but if they are streaming videos, your Zoom session may be negatively impacted.
  • If your internet connection is having a difficult time handling the load, you can try turning off your video. You don’t need to have your own video turned on in order to join a video call and see what your professor is presenting.
  • Click the meeting link several minutes before your meeting, as you may be prompted to download a program or app to your phone or laptop.
  • Follow the instructions to join and mute yourself if that isn’t default. That will limit sounds of talking and typing in the background.
  • If you don’t want to be on camera, turn off your camera by selecting the video camera button. Remember that if your video is on, everyone is able to see you.

Additional Resources

Health and Counseling Services

The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is shifting to using telemedicine for the remainder of the semester after spring break. More details are available on the University’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page.

Libraries

The University Libraries are now fully online. Your librarian is ready to support you (email, Zoom, or phone) with research help and getting access to the resources you need.

The ARC and Tutoring Services

Take advantage of academic coaching during this transition to remote learning. An academic coaching meeting provides an opportunity to talk through your academic responsibilities in light of everything else that is going on; consultants can provide support, a listening ear, and strategies for navigating the remaining weeks of the semester.

Consultants at the ARC are available for remote writing and academic coaching consultations. Follow the instructions for Scheduling through TutorTrac or email the_arc@georgefox.edu for help scheduling appointments.

Open Study Table tutors are available for subject-specific tutoring support. Peer tutors are available for biology, anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, Bible, theology, mechanical engineering, business, communication and Spanish. Contact Julia James ( jjames@georgefox.edu) to be connected with an OST tutor.

Disability Services Office

Students who currently receive accommodations should check the DSO Accommodation FAQs page for information about accommodations during remote learning. Students are also encouraged to communicate directly with instructors about their accommodation needs in a remote environment.

Current George Fox students who have not received accommodations in the past and would like to request them should complete a “New Student Application” in the AIM system and schedule a phone/video meeting with Rick Muthiah using this calendar link. Email rmuthiah@georgefox.edu if none of the appointment slots in Rick’s calendar work for your schedule.

Bruin Community Pantry Food Bank

The Bruin Community Pantry Food Bank will be open throughout the year. For the rest of the spring 2020 semester, the hours are listed on the website. If you have any needs or concerns, please email bruincommunitypantry@georgefox.edu.

The George Fox Student Emergency Fund

The George Fox Student Emergency Fund will provide one-time financial assistance to students who have experienced an unexpected financial hardship due to the coronavirus and its impact on the university. Financial assistance may be available for expenses related to housing, distance learning, or loss of an off-campus job. To apply, please fill out this form. Questions can be directed to studentlife@georgefox.edu.