Online Services and Support
I’m writing with some resources that may help you in your temporary transition to online learning.
Needs survey: Please respond to the survey that was announced by Dean Benson if you haven’t done so already. It’s meant to help us figure out how best to meet your needs. It’s important to hear from all Engineering students, so please respond right away! It should only take 60 seconds.
Tutoring: We will soon continue our free tutoring services By Friday you can expect our tutoring page to update with the Zoom URLs of our peer tutors. Just schedule your tutoring sessions as usual, and join your tutor at the provided URL. Don’t schedule until your tutor’s Zoom URL appears.
Academic coaching: Our Directors of Undergraduate Success, Lisa Lampe and Blake Calhoun are available to help you as always! They may be of particular help as you transition to online learning. Write to them to schedule appointments, which will all be held remotely.
Free services from third parties: Every day we hear about vendors who are offering their services for free during this difficult time. They range from free online textbook access, to free broadband. While we are not in a position to recommend or vouch all of these, we do want to make you aware of some of them. Please be cautious, as always, when accepting “free” third-party services.
- Vitalsource Bookshelf has textbooks from a number of publishers, and they are making those books free to students through the end of May.
- Charter Cable is offering free broadband for the next 60 days to college and K-12 students.
- Comcast is offering free broadband for 60 days for new low-income customers, and increased speeds for existing low-income customers.
We will pass along more updates as they become available, and will reach out to some of you directly based on your survey responses.
William H. Guilford, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia, School of Engineering