Additional ECC Information and Remote Teaching Resources

Additional ECC Information and External Resources

This page includes 1) Links to ECC Sites Related to the Spring 2020 ECC Campus Closure 2) ECC Announcements from Academic and Student Support Offices and 3) Links to Additional External Resources on Remote Teaching.

ECC Remote Teaching and Teaching Continuity Links

ECC Emergency Management: includes campus-wide announcements

Instructional Technology and Distance Learning Teaching Continuity Strategies Page: provides resources on using D2L to facilitate learning

Content Accessibility Resource Guide for Elgin Community College: provides an overview of accessibility in higher education and includes detailed instructions for 1) Creating accessible documents (Begins on page 29) 2) Creating accessible videos (Begins on page 30) and includes Additional accessibility resources (Begins on page 31)

Academic, Financial, and Student Support Services

The Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Dean of Students has compiled information on student services during campus closure due to COVID-19. The document below includes information regarding access and hours for the following student support services

  • Distance Learning (D2L) Support; Tutoring; Academic & Transfer Advising; Admissions; Athletics; Career Development Services; Disability Support; Financial Aid; Food Pantry; International Education and Programs; Library Services; Records; Registration; Spartan Alert; Student Accounts; Office of Student Life and First Year Programs; Testing Services; TRiO Programs (Student Support Services, Student Support Services ESL, and Upward Bound); TRiO Talent Search; Wellness Services;

Academic, Financial and Student Support Services Information

Library Information

Hours

In the event of a campus closing, the library will be available via email and chat during its regular times:

Mon-Thurs 7:45 am – 10 pmFriday – 7:45 pm – 5 pmSaturday – 9 am – 2 pm

Faculty and Student Support Resources

The article databases, e-books and streaming video resources will be available off-campus the library website (https://library.elgin.edu). Students and faculty can reach out to a reference librarian for help from our website (https://library.elgin.edu) via chat and can email librarians at libref@elgin.edu. Librarians will also be offering support in the online classes as embedded librarians.

Any faculty doing a research assignment are encouraged to contact Stacey Shah at sshah@elgin.edu. Stacey and other library faculty can assist students doing research, can create library tutorials and put an embedded library in D2L courses. Additional resources can be found on the Library Services: Faculty Resources page of the ECC library website.

Borrowing

Requests for books and articles from other colleges will be suspended until ECC is open. Faculty can also ask for assistance with finding online materials for assignments. If an item, such as a Chromebook, book, or DVD, is due, while ECC is closed, the Library will be extending the due dates until after campus opens so no fines or fees will occur.

Technology Access for Students

District 300 compiled a list of internet options on this page.

The message below was sent to ECC students on March 18, 2020

Elgin Community College (ECC) is committed to supporting students who will be transitioning to alternative modes of instruction, particularly online, and to addressing the technology needs of ECC students to the greatest extent possible. As a result, this past Monday, March 16, the college began distributing Chromebooks and graphing calculators to students who do not have access to technology at home. The college will continue to check out Chromebooks tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, March 20, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As mentioned in the previous email, if you have access to online technology at home, the college’s priority is to distribute Chromebooks to your fellow students who do not have access to online technology at home. Please only utilize this service if you do not have access to a Chromebook or similar device.

If you need a Chromebook for online instruction, please come to the library tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or Friday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to obtain one. The Chromebooks will be available for students to check out from ECC’s Library (Building C) at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. Students will need to present their ECC photo ID card at the Circulation Desk to have the library barcode activated to check out items. You can also present a picture ID if you don’t have an ECC ID. You will be responsible for the cost of any items you borrow if they are not returned or damaged. All items will be due at the end of the semester. Please check out this link for more information on borrowing privileges and fines and fees.

Additionally, for those students requiring WiFi access, Comcast is offering new customers 60 days of FREE Internet Essentials service for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area.

  1. Please call the phone numbers provided (855-846-8376 English or 855-765-6995 Spanish)
  2. When you call the number, you will be asked for the following information:
    • Parent contact information (Name, address, etc)
    • School name, address and student ID#
    • And you will need to confirm that you are part of one of any of the following programs by simply saying YES (No documentation needed)
      • The National School Lunch Program (Free or reduced lunch)
      • MEDICAID
      • Public housing assistance
      • SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
      • TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
      • SSI: Supplemental Security Income
      • Head Start
      • LIHEAP: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
      • WIC: Women, Infants, and Children program.
      • FEDERAL PELL GRANT
      • VA PENSION
      • Tribal assistance
  3. If you can answer YES to any of the above programs, you will be given two options to receive the equipment for the FREE 60 day internet
    • Pick up equipment from a local Comcast provider to set up on your own (quickest way to get access)
    • Set up an appointment to have a representative come out and set up the equipment for you.

If you are in need of a Chromebook or WiFi access, do not have these resources at home, and were unable to check out a Chromebook on Thursday, March 19 or Friday, March 20, please send an email to deanofstudentservices@elgin.edu. Please include your full name and student ID number as well as the resources you require, and we will see what we can do to help. Additionally, if you are aware of any students who are in need of this technology and may not have read this email, please immediately let them know about the availability of Chromebooks, graphing calculators, and WiFi access.

Lastly, it’s imperative that students regularly check their student.elgin.edu email for updates from the college. If you need assistance in accessing your ECC student email, directions are provided on the Elgin Community College Email Services web page or you can contact First Stop at 847-214-7570 or accessecc@elgin.edu.

Links to External Remote Teaching Resources