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Keep Learning!

There are many things that can happen in any given semester that require a university to make a shift in how courses and support are provided to students. Marymount cares about you as a member of our student community, and we’ve developed this page so we can help you be your best academic self while navigating this transition to online learning and support. We're here for you.

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Virtual front desk hours:
Monday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm



 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 


General Questions about the Semester

Are all spring and summer classes going to be online-only?

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Yes. In President Becerra's recent COVID-19 update emails to the Marymount community, she has announced that classes for the remainder of the spring semester and the summer semester will be online-only. 

Marymount is offering all summer courses online so that we can meet your educational needs wherever you plan to be this summer. If you are interested in registering for a summer course, please email your academic advisor.

When can I register for fall classes?

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Registration for the fall 2020 semester is now open for all Marymount students.

If your academic advisor is part of the Student Success Center, please refer to the "Accessing Academic Support" section of this FAQ below for more information about how to meet virtually with your advisor to get advisor approval on your semester plan.


Succeeding in online classes

What can I do to succeed in an online learning environment?

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  1. Find or create a productive working environment. Don't do work in bed or lounging on the couch because that triggers "rest" in your brain. Find a desk or table with proper lighting and space for you to lay out your materials. 
  2. Minimize distractions.  While studying, turn off your phone, notifications, and text messages especially if using your phone to access Canvas or course materials. 
  3. Set boundaries. Inform those around you that you will be doing coursework and ask them not to interrupt.
  4. Maintain your routine and manage your time. Treat your course the same as if it was not online. If your class started at 11, log into Canvas for that course at 11. Maintaining your routine will help with your time management. Continue to use your time management tool as you normally do (planner, scheduler, alert system, Google Cal, etc.). If you don't have a tool that works for you, try this weekly interval planner
  5. Read carefully and follow instructions. Whether it’s a lecture, slides, or reading, be sure to read the instructions provided by your instructor so you understand everything that is being asked of you. 
  6. Ask for assistance. If you're unsure of something related to your coursework, ask your instructor or a colleague in your class. Chances are someone else had the same question!
  7. Breathe. You are not alone. This is not impossible. Stress can impact you mentally and physically. If you follow the steps listed above you will be well-equipped to become a good online learner. 
  8. Use your resources. We're here to help!  Academic support such as tutoring, academic coaching, academic advising, student access services (SAS), Library and Learning Services are all available remotely. See below (the next FAQ item) for how to access all of these great resources.

Are there any helpful resources for succeeding in online learning environments?

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The internet can be a wonderful source of information. However, it can also be overwhelming to try to find reliable resources. Below are some helpful resources vetted by the Center for Teaching and Learning:

What if I don't know how to use Zoom?

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Some of your professors may choose to hold class meetings online via Zoom. If so, they will provide you with a link to join the Zoom meeting. Here’s a one-minute guide to joining a Zoom meeting.

Marymount students can use Zoom meetings to stay connected with friends and classmates. Just go to the MU Portal and find Zoom under "Sign On Links." You can also go directly to https://marymountuniversity.zoom.us/profile. Here's a one-minute video on how to schedule a Zoom meeting, add it to your Google Calendar, and copy/paste the meeting link so you can invite others. 

For a more detailed guide to Zoom, including information on break out rooms and Zoom's chat feature, check out this guide created by UNC.

If you are having technical difficulties with Zoom, contact Marymount’s IT Services via email at its@marymount.edu.

What do I do if I need help from IT?

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Email its@marymount.edu from your MU email account and describe the issue you are having. Marymount’s IT Services will help you as quickly as they can.

What if I don't have a computer or internet access at home?

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If you need assistance with access to a computer or internet service, please email Marymount IT Services at its@marymount.edu.

Stay Organized In Your Online Classes

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Staying Organized
In Your Online Classes


With all of the changes and unknowns surrounding this time, you may feel stressed and anxious. Remember to be patient with yourself, colleagues and instructors as we are all experiencing this together. It is important that you take care of yourself first. Making a plan and adjusting your study habits may help you feel more in control.
 
Things to find out for each class:
Are in-person parts of the class changing?
  • What happens in person for this course? (lecture, lab, etc.
  • Where can you find it or how do you Access it? (Zoom, Canvas, etc)
  • What time does it start? Or, is it always available?
Are Assignments changing?
  • Are there new due dates?
  • How should you submit your assignments?
  • How will you take your quizzes or exams?
What should you do if you need help?
  • Are there virtual office hours?
  • When and on what platform? (Zoom, Panopto, etc.)
  • Is there an online forum for asking questions?
Example of how to track your class changes:
  MA 121 EN 200 PSY 200
Important Dates Quiz on Monday 3/23   Analysis due Friday 3/27
Changes Open note quiz Discussion required No group project
Important Links Office hours Zoom link Lecture Zoom link  

This piece of information has been reused and modified from “Adjusting your study habits during COVID”, of which the content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Stay Calm and Keep Learning

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Click this link for audio tracks to help you stay calm and support your mental and emotional wellness.


Accessing Academic Support

How do I connect with my academic advisor (if my advisor is part of the Student Success Center)?

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Your academic success is always important to us. Academic Advisors are available for you to discuss your academic progress, guide in course planning for the summer/fall 2020 semesters, and to answer your important academic questions.

Advisors will “meet” virtually with you, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Continue to schedule your advising appointments in Starfish. Your appointment will take place using Zoom, which you can access using a phone or computer. You can select whether to connect with audio only or with video so you and your advisor can virtually meet “face-to-face.”

Email your advisor with specific questions about your schedule or degree plan, or email advising@marymount.edu with general questions. Please allow us 2 business days to reply to your messages.

Summer and fall semester plans can still be reviewed in MY MU Plan.

How do I connect with an academic coach?

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Students who are interested in academic coaching (strategies for time management, becoming a better online learner, getting organized, prioritizing, study skills, etc.) can “meet” virtually with an academic coach. Continue to schedule your coaching appointments in Starfish.  Your appointment will take place using Zoom, which you can access using a phone or computer. You can select whether to connect with audio only or with video so you and your academic coach can virtually meet “face-to-face.” 

If you have questions about academic coaching, please email Kaylynn Peralta at kperalta@marymount.edu.

Library & Learning Services

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While classes are online, research, reference, and limited circulation services* will be provided virtually:

Virtual library services will be available:

  • Monday - Thursday, 10am - 8pm

  • Friday, 10am - 4pm

​For assistance outside of these hours please visit the FAQ or for in-depth research assistance contact your library liaison via email and your request will be addressed the following business day. 

All of our databases and eBooks are available 24 hours a day and requests for articles and chapters from other institutions will be processed daily (note that delays from loaning institutions cannot be anticipated). 

*Limited virtual circulation services include access to articles through interlibrary loan and assistance with your MyLibrary account, renewals on checked out resources, and fines and fees. We apologize that there is no access to print resources for students at this time; please contact us via email, and we will try to accommodate your needs.

How do I connect with Student Access Services (SAS)?

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To connect with staff in Student Access Services (SAS), you can make appointments through Starfish, by emailing access@marymount.edu, or by calling the Student Success Center at 703-284-1538.

Your appointment will take place using Zoom, which you can access using a phone or computer. You can select whether to connect with audio only or with video so you and SAS staff can virtually meet “face-to-face.”

How do I connect with tutors/writing consultants?

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Peer tutors and writing consultants are available virtually to help you during this transition. To make an appointment, click on the link to TutorTrac in the “Sign On Links” section of the Portal. 

When you receive your appointment confirmation, you will also receive a follow-up email from your peer tutor with information about meeting with them virtually in Zoom, along with any necessary links to access the platform.

Brainfuse, our online tutoring provider, is still available through your courses’ Canvas sites. Brainfuse offers 24-7 assistance from professional tutors in various content areas and for academic writing.

You can send an email with questions about tutoring to tutorbiz@marymount.edu.

 

 

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