Forsyth Technical Community College is here for you! Many offices are currently operating remotely. Your Library has created this guide to help you transition into the online classroom. Interact with our poll to let us know what your needs are. Then scroll down to see specific resources for each topic area. Need more? Scroll to the bottom of the page to chat with a Librarian!
View this excellent Youtube playlist by Lakeland Community College! In just over 30 minutes you will learn great time management practices.
Differences at Forsyth Tech: Instead of using Google Calendar we recommend using Outlook Calendar or your calendar within Blackboard. Since you already visit Outlook to check your email and Blackboard to complete your classwork, there is no reason to use a third website unless you prefer Google Calendar features. Also, view our list of Services Open now to view support available from the Forsyth Tech Student Success Center, Information Technology Services, Tutoring, and more!
Expect to use these types of online communication at Forsyth Tech. Keep in mind the best web browser to use for most of these options is going to be Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you do not have these browsers installed, install them. If you need help installing them contact the ITS department.
You may be asked to regularly communicate using the following platforms:
Other Forsyth Tech announcement locations you should check regularly:
If you need to learn more about how to effectively take an online course contact the Center for Teaching and Learning by calling 336.757.3716 Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm or Friday 8am-2pm.
Without the structure of a traditional classroom, you may find it difficult to focus in an online course. Top distractions for students include social media, texting, television, and family, which can pull one's attention away from the task at hand and diminish productivity. It is important for all students to maintain a healthy school-life balance so their responsibilities aren't neglected, but online students in particular need to create structured plan to ensure they stay on track to achieve their academic goals. View the Youtube playlist below for recommendations you can use to minimize distractions.
Understand what stress is, how to recognize it, and know when you need to take a break or take action. Check out this article, Stress in College Students for 2019 (How to Cope) by the Student Success office at Western Governors University. I have included a short excerpt from the article here:
- Confront the stressor - Perhaps one of the best ways to manage your stress is to simply deal with the cause of it directly. If your busy schedule is making you anxious, sit down and see what you can change.
- Spend time with loved ones - Surround yourself with people who you like to spend time with and enjoy their company. Being around someone who makes you feel comfortable can relieve a great deal of stress, even if you don’t talk about what’s troubling you.
- Take a break - Between your classes, homework, and other obligations, you may find most of your days booked solid with plans, activities, and tasks that need to be done. If you feel overwhelmed by all that you need to do, take a break. Schedule an afternoon where you don’t have to do anything but read your favorite book or watch a movie. You may not be able to drop everything on your to-do list at once, but don’t hesitate to spend some time not doing anything.
- Get professional support - You may find yourself needing more support than your loved ones can offer or grappling with stressors that are too much for you to deal with. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help from a professional. Your school likely has many support resources available to help, even if you are an online student.
If you feel like you need support for stress, please contact the Forsyth Tech Student Success Center at 336-734-7156 to discuss resources available.
Need to boost your computer skills? Check out this free online course all about Basic Computer Skills.
This Basic Computer Skills course has a lot of lessons, but I highly recommend these for Forsyth Tech students:
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Your First Computer
Lesson 5: Downloading and Uploading
Lesson 9: How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Network
Lesson 14: How to Power Cycle a Device
Lesson 16: How to Keep an Old Computer Running Smoothly
View this Youtube playlist! This playlist is a little longer, so you probably can't watch them all in one sitting, but by viewing a few videos at a time you can learn strategies to improve your study skills.
Check out this resource from Michigan State University (Techlink log-in may be required): Study_Habits_for_Online_Learning.pdf
View this amazing learning modules from Red Rock's Community College, Learning Skills for Students. All the modules available are incredibly helpful, however, to focus specifically on test-taking skills I recommend:
Online Testing Tips
by Erica McMahon (Forsyth Tech Disability Services Office)
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We want to help you navigate and remove barriers to your success. We want to help.
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Unsure which service or resource you need? Reach out to Forsyth Tech Cares and a college representative will point you in the right direction.
A Quick Tip from Erica McMahon in the Disability Services Office (DSO):
If you feel you are not getting an accommodation for which you are approved or have technology issues, immediately contact your instructor. They may be new to online instruction and are trying to figure this out as they go. If the issue cannot be resolved, please contact the Disability Services Office.
Visit DSO on Techlink | Call DSO in the Student Success Center at (336) 734-7156 | Email: email@example.com
For help conducting online research please view the following documents/guides created by our Dean of Learning Resources and Librarians (Forsyth Tech log-in may be required):
Sleuthing the Internet by J. Randel Candelaria
Alternative Search Engines by J. Randel Candelaria
Unreliable News by J. Randel Candelaria
Selecting a Research Topic by J. Randel Candelaria & Ted Labosky
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