Web Resources – Technology & Educational Tools

Technology 

We know that some students may lack access to either devices or high speed internet. 

Devices

The library has a limited number of Chromebooks and iPads available to check out so you can participate in your classes remotely. The Library will be open on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and Friday, March 20, 2020, both days from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact the library by emailing library@caldwell.edu.

High Speed Internet

Below is a sampling of opportunities for people to obtain high speed internet during this crisis, we encourage you to check with the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in your area for the latest offers and opportunities: 

Optimum, a subsidiary of Altice in parts of Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic counties, and Spectrum, a division of Charter Communications, will provide broadband service for free to qualifying homes with children in Grades K-12 or college students.To enroll in Optimum’s free service, call 866-200-9522, ask for the sales department and let them know you wish to qualify for the free service. To enroll in Spectrum’s, call 844-488-8395. The companies, once they approve the free service, will deliver the equipment needed to access the internet and Wi-Fi.

Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It’s also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can’t pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.

AT&T: The cable, phone and media giant is suspending the termination of wireless, home phone or broadband service when customers can’t pay their bills because of coronavirus disruptions. The company is also waiving related late fees. Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hot spots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data. 

T-Mobile: The mobile phone service provider is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.

Charter Communications: The telecommunications company is providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don’t already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it’s also offering its Wi-Fi hot spots for free to the public.

T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Comcast are all lifting their unlimited data caps for cell phone subscribers for at least 60 days

Course Materials

Barnes and Noble, Caldwell University’s Bookstore partner, is offering the opportunity to participate in the VitalSource Helps Program.  Barnes and Noble and the publishers are offering free access to ebooks through May 25, 2020 to ensure affected students are able to use required learning materials through final exams. Once the free access period ends, students will maintain access to their Bookshelf account. However, ebooks provided during the VitalSource Helps program will no longer appear.

Students meeting the following criteria are eligible to access free ebooks as part of VitalSource Helps:

  1. Attend a 2-year or 4-year institution on a semester academic calendar. A complete list of eligible institutions is available here:  https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044512214
  2. Enrolled in course(s) that began prior to March 16, 2020
  3. Use an institution-provided email address

How do students access VitalSource Helps content?

To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before students can begin searching for and reading ebooks, they will need to log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address.

It is important to note, while students at your institution may use Bookshelf today as part of an Inclusive Access program, they may access content via an LMS integration that does not require an email address, or their account may be linked to their personal email address. To access VitalSource Helps content, students must use their institution-provided email address.

For students accessing Bookshelf for the first time:

Instructions on creating a Bookshelf account that you can share with students and instructors is available here:  https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020563694-Create-an-Account

Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should login and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen.

For students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address:

Students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore” when they login. This tab provides access to the freely-available ebooks.

For students with existing Bookshelf accounts NOT linked to their institution-provided email address, an article explaining how a student can check the email account associated with their Bookshelf account, and how to change it to an institution-provided email account to access VitalSource Helps ebooks is available here:  https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/201957733/

How many titles may be accessed for free as part of the VitalSource Helps ebook program?

Users may add up to seven titles to their account for free. There is a “counter” in the lower left corner of the Bookshelf screen to help users keep track of the number of books accessed.

What type of content is available as part of the VitalSource Helps ebook program?

VitalSource, publishers, and resellers have worked together to make tens of thousands of ebooks available to allow students to find their required learning materials. Students may access up to seven titles.

Custom content, interactive content, and content used for assessment are not included. Commonly assigned materials from publishers, often referred to as “courseware” (like Pearson’s MyLab, Cengage MindTap, WileyPlus, etc.) are not included in this program.

Education Tools

Many tools are available at Caldwell that instructors might use to ensure continuity of your studies. Instructors will make every effort to use tools that you are already familiar with including the technologies described below. The most effective use of these web-based tools requires a device with a good internet connection, headphones, a microphone, and a webcam. You can use these tools on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

  • Blackboard (https://caldwell.Blackboard.com/)- Blackboard allows for your instructor to distribute materials and handouts, provide links to videos and lectures, collect assignments, and engage in discussion boards. Blackboard is also one method instructors may use to have you take quizzes and tests. 
  • Email (https://www.google.com/a/caldwell.edu/acs)- Your instructor may use email to communicate with you individually or with the whole class. Your instructor may also send you materials as email attachments.
  • Google Apps (https://gsuite.google.com/u/1/dashboard)- As a Caldwell student, you have access to the entire suite of google apps and your instructor may use some or all of these tools to provide instruction:
    • Google Drive– is a cloud-based file storage system that allows you to upload and access files from anywhere. Your instructor may ask you to submit a file by sharing it, and/or they may share a file with you using Google Drive.
    • Google Hangouts Meet– allows for synchronous videoconferencing. Your instructor may ask you to log-on to Google Hangouts Meet (using a personalized link) to attend class. Using Google Hangouts Meet, your instructor may present materials or provide a class lecture.
    • Google Docs/Sheets/Slides– is the google version of word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. These tools allow you to collaborate with others on the same document and your instructor may ask you to use these tools for assignments.
    • Google Classroom– is a Google version of Blackboard. Just like Blackboard, it allows for your instructor to distribute materials and handouts, provide links to videos and lectures, collect assignments, and engage in discussion boards.