Online Learning Resources
Tips For Helping You and Your Student Transition to Online Learning
Help your student create a workspace. Encourage them to work from a desk or a counter and not their bed. Choose a space that is well lit and somewhere quiet so they can hear their professors.
Support them during this process, but don’t do their work for them. Instruct them to contact their professor or classmates for help. Remind them that WVU is still offering tutoring services online.
Remember, your student is still in school. While they should help with tasks around the house, they shouldn’t be expected to babysit younger siblings or run to the grocery store during instructional time.
Be mindful that your student may be studying at odd times of the day or sleeping during the day. They have developed their own college routine. Trust their process.
Right now, your student may be under a lot of stress. It’s important to recognize that your student’s entire life just changed. They are likely nervous, sad, and possibly scared. Help them remain positive and patient through this time, especially as our entire University learns in an online-only environment for the first time.
Help them develop a new routine. Going online can be difficult for some students. Take some time to help them map out their days to include study times, snack breaks, and time to relax and recharge. Remember, your student is still in school and this should be their priority. While they may have other tasks they need to accomplish, this should be their first focus or “job” for the next few weeks.
To ensure your student is succeeding, ask them for their daily schedule. This way, you know when to have the dog out of their room or when you need to tell siblings to keep it down in order for them to hear their classes.
Encourage breaks that stay within the social distancing realm. We recommend exercising, watching some Netflix, or FaceTiming a friend. We do not encourage students to gather in-person with their local friends – even if six feet away.
We don’t want your student to lose focus of their goals. While they may be home and working from their room, they should still spend time looking for summer jobs and internships. Our Career Services and Career Counselors are available to talk with your student and conduct over-the-phone resume reviews, mock interviews, and preparing for jobs.
Don’t get caught on up in everything you read online. While social media and other various apps are a wonderful tool to keep connected, they also come with some negatives. Remind your student that not everything they read online is true and just because their friends won’t respect the self-quarantine period, doesn’t mean they should follow suite.
If at any time you are wondering about updates at WVU, check our coronavirus.wvu.edu site. This site is regularly updated. Follow the Mountaineer Parents Club on Facebook for up-to-date information, too.
Beware of phishing scams during this time. If you receive anything suspicious during this time, you should contact our ITS team at 304-293-4444. Be careful sharing information or spreading false information.
- Finally, remind your student that this isn’t a permanent situation and will only last a few months. Mental health is crucial during this time. Remind your student that you are around to listen and offer guidance. If they need to talk to someone else, we recommend they contact our Carruth Center to set-up a virtual call.
Academics and Student Life
Our Student Success Coaching is Now Online
Students are able to schedule appointments with coaches to help stay on track academically. Student Success Coaches work individually with students to enhance their academic success in time management, note taking, reading, and study skills. Coaches will be able to help students make the transition to online learning. To schedule an appointment and learn more, please visit our Student Success site.
Tutoring Services Are Available Online
Students needing additional help in a subject should consider our online tutoring services. To view subjects and book and appointment, please visit our Tutoring Services website.
Adobe Creative Cloud is Temporarily Free
Students needing the Adobe Creative Cloud can access the free software for a limited time. More information and how to gain access can be found here.
WVU Libraries Are Now Online
We have put together a LibGuide with information related to online classes, accessing library materials, and more here. We recommend bookmarking it for quick reference. Library fines are being waived, so don’t worry if your materials are overdue!
We offer assistance through a variety of channels, including chat, email, and audio- or video-conferencing.
You can find the relevant librarian for your subject here.
Chat help is available during the following times:
Sunday: 1 p.m.-midnight
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m.-midnight
Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 1-5 p.m.
You can contact librarians for help with collections and services through westvirginia.libanswers.com or by texting questions to 304-220-0919.
For information regarding ETD submission, visit the ETD website. You can attend a special Zoom session Monday, April 6 from 4-5 p.m. Full details available at the ETD website; for further assistance, contact Debby Borrelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Services Offering Online Options
Career Services is still fully operational and offering their services online. Career Counselors are available to help with resume review, mock-interviews, and other career-related issues. Handshake is still working for students who are looking for jobs via that platform. Students can contact Career Services and schedule an appointment by emailing careerservices.wvu.edu.
Your Student’s Mental Health Is Important
Our Carruth Center has moved online, and students are encouraged to reach out the Center’s staff. Information on how to set up an appointment can be found here. Out-of-state students needing to use Morneau Shepell can go here.
Students who need immediate assistance should text our Crisis Text Line at 741741 to reach a live, trained counselor.
FriYAY at 4
WVU’s Student Life and Carruth Center are hosting FriYAY at 4. Students can log in and meet with other WVU students. The topics and activities will change on a weekly basis. Learn more here.
Adventure WV is offering virtual programming. Students can participate in online group activities that can last up to an hour.