Resources for Students in Online Courses
Austin Peay State University began fully online instruction on Monday, March 23 and all courses will remain online for the rest of the spring semester. Below are a number of resources to help students with this transition as well as tips to support student success in online courses.
Online Classroom Tutorials
Austin Peay State University uses D2L Brightspace, often referred to as simply D2L, as the Learning Management System for our online classroom. D2L is designed to be clean, streamlined, and mobile-friendly to provide a user-friendly experience for students. Students can learn more about navigating the D2L online learning system here.
ZOOM web conferencing is free for all APSU students. Students should become familiar with ZOOM and make sure they can log in to ZOOM as it may be used in their online courses. Learn more about Zoom here.
Virtual Peer Tutoring
Peer Tutors are ready to meet with students virtually through a program called Meeting Spaces that is also accessed through Tutor.com. To schedule a virtual meeting with an APSU Peer Tutor students should email firstname.lastname@example.org and allow 24 hours for a meeting to be scheduled. There will not be in-person tutoring sessions at the Learning Resource Center for the remainder of the spring semester.
Austin Peay State University offers an online tutoring service for current students through Tutor.com. This service supports students in a number of courses. Students can access Tutor.com through their D2L account by visiting the individual course, selecting "Resources" on the navigation bar and then "Subject-Specific Tutoring." Learn more about Tutor.com here.
APSU Woodward Library Online Services
The library has a number of resources available online including online article databases, research guides and video tutorials. Students can also ask a librarian for assistance by email, online chat, text or phone. Learn more about online library services here.
LinkedIn Learning is free for all APSU students and provides on-demand, online, byte-sized training videos, courses, and learning paths to gain new skills based on your goals and interests. Learn more about LinkedIn Learning here.
Computer and Internet Access
Students will need regular access to a computer and reliable internet in order to be successful in online courses. This list provides information about how students can get access computers and/or the internet.
Students should be sure they have the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). APSU students can download Microsoft Office for free!
The APSU Woodward Library remains open for student use. Students must have their student ID to access the library. Students can check the hours of operation here.
The APSU COVID-19 Laptop Loan Program provides laptops to students without computer access on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of computers are available. Students can request a loaner laptop here. Students must have an APSU student ID, a valid driver’s license, a state-issued ID card or a passport to participate. Students will be notified via email when their laptop is available for pickup at the library. The laptop loan is planned to expire at the end of the spring semester.
If students need internet access, Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
The Tennessee Secretary of State website, https://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/tennessee-public-library-directory, provides a directory of all public libraries in Tennessee with addresses, contact information, hours of operation and technical services. Local libraries often provide internet and computer access. Students should contact the library in advance to check hours as some libraries have limited hours or are closed.
Tips for Student Success
As your student transitions to online coursework, they will need to establish a new routine. You can help your student develop positive habits by encouraging them to practice these tips for success.
- Log in daily. Students should check D2L and their APSU email every day to receive updates from their professors. D2L and APSU email are accessed through AP OneStop.
- Use available resources. There are many virtual resources available to APSU students including D2L tutorials, Tutor.com, Zoom, LinkedIn Learning, and the APSU Woodward Library online.
- Create a workspace. Students need a comfortable space where they can focus on classwork. As a family member, you can help reduce interruptions and distractions if your student is completing coursework at home.
- Schedule class time. Students should set aside a certain amount of time each day to complete coursework and stick to that schedule. In a household with multiple students or parents working from home, this may require some communication and planning ahead.
- Plan ahead and stay organized. Staying organized is important for students in online courses as they will have to keep track of due dates and plan ahead to complete assignments and tests/quizzes. Students can use a calendar or planner to help them manage deadlines.
- Ask for help. Professors are still available to help students even though classes will not meet in person. Students should reach out to professors when they have questions about coursework.
- Review work. Even though students will turn in assignments online, they should still proofread written work and make sure it is free of errors before submitting it.
- Take breaks. It is important for students to take breaks from classwork and studying. Going for a walk or having a healthy snack are great options for taking a break.
- Stay positive. You can help your student stay positive by offering your support and encouragement throughout this transition.
GOVSTECH Help Desk
Students should contact the GOVSTECH Help Desk by submitting a ticket below if they are unable to log in to OneStop, D2L, or AP Email.
Contact information: email@example.com or 931-221-4357
Distance Education Support
Students should contact Distance Education Support by submitting a ticket below if they experience technical issues with the D2L online classroom, Tutor.com online tutoring, LinkedIn Learning micro learning videos or Zoom web conferencing.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-221-6625