APSU This Week: Classes resume online at Austin Peay
(Posted March 23, 2020)
Monday is here, and we wanted to provide you with some tools to help you succeed in Austin Peay’s new online format.
It’s OK – everything might not run smoothly at first today, so please be patient and flexible as we all work through this together.
What do you need to do on today? First, you should log into your OneStop account and click on the D2L tile. This will take you to the online shell for all your classes. If you have specific questions about your class, reach out to your instructor.
We understand that this might be your first time joining the online learning environment. The faculty know this is a challenging time for everyone, and they will help you through this. So, here are some resources to empower your academic success!
- Student information page – https://www.apsu.edu/coronavirus/students.php.
- Introduction to online learning – https://www.apsu.edu/online/current-students/index.php.
- FAQ for online learning – https://www.apsu.edu/online/introduction/online-faq.php.
- How to use D2L BrightSpace – https://www.apsu.edu/online/technology/d2l.php.
- How to use ZOOM – https://www.apsu.edu/online/technology/zoom.php.
- Do you have a laptop or know someone who needs one? – Laptop Loan Program https://govstech.apsu.edu/TDClient/2071/Portal/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=14868.
- Tutoring – https://www.apsu.edu/student-success/peer-tutoring.php
- Technical Support – https://www.apsu.edu/online/technology/tech-support.php.
- D2L Technical Support – https://www.apsu.edu/online/technology/tech-support.php.
Some of you may have issues connecting to your classes because the entire campus will now be online. If you have issues accessing your classes, please try again later.
APSU partners with local agencies to provide computer/internet access to students
Because some APSU students have limited or no access to computers or the internet, the University recently made arrangements with partner sites in Middle Tennessee to provide this access.
Those partner sites include:
- The American Job Center in Ashland City. APSU students can use their laptops, tablets or other devices to connect to the center’s internet. The center also offers computers for public use.
- The Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center in Dickson County. Students can use their laptops, tablets or other devices to connect to the center’s internet. The center also offers four computers for public use in the library. To use the computers, students will need to get a library card, which is free.
- Highland Crest in Springfield. Austin Peay’s High Crest campus remains open, and students can use the facility to use their laptops, tablets and other devices.
The Tennessee Secretary of State website, https://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/tennessee-public-library-directory, also provides a directory of all public libraries in Tennessee with addresses, contact information, hours of operation and technical services. Local libraries across the state often provide internet and computer access, making them great resources for Austin Peay students.
We’ve also posted all the updates to www.apsu.edu/coronavirus.
And now for some good news …
One of Austin Peay’s strengths exists in the stories of its students and employees. We love to share those stories. Here are a few we thought you’d like, including one in which APSU students took the lead in solving a COVID-19 mapping problem.
APSU GIS Center develops statewide coronavirus map
On Jan. 22, Johns Hopkins University unveiled a COVID-19 map that tracked confirmed cases of the new coronavirus from all over the world. The map, which provided updated information for each country, quickly became an important resource for this pandemic, with major media outlets like ABC News, Forbes and The Guardian linking to the map in their stories.
Now, Tennesseans can get this type of information for their home state, thanks to a new map developed by Austin Peay State University’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center. The map is available at https://Covid19.apsugis.org.
“After looking at the John Hopkins map, we thought it would be a good way of keeping the local area informed of the number of cases that are being reported here in Tennessee,” Doug Catellier, APSU GIS project manager, said. “The map itself highlights the counties that have reported confirmed cases of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).”
Using the Johns Hopkins map as a template, GIS data analyst Mason Cordell and APSU student Bryndon Rhoton developed an online tool that pulls data from the Tennessee Department of Health’s website. That website is updated every day at 2 p.m.
“The overall dashboard is there to show a little more detail of the number of cases that are being reported in each county,” Catellier said. “As the Department of Health updates their website, we may add more data to the overall dashboard just to keep people informed.
For more information on APSU’s GIS Center, visit https://www.apsugis.org/.
Meet Amanda McNair, whose Instagram photos evoked ‘Love it!’ from Pillsbury
On St. Patrick’s Day last year, Austin Peay student Amanda McNair posted an Instagram photo of her dressed in green – from neon green wig atop her head to the green that lined her Chuck Taylor soles.
The green held a gentle presence, though, compared to the orange splashes in the photo – her Chucks, earrings, scarf and sunglasses all screamed bright orange.
“I love art and creativity, so I try to bring that into my life,” said McNair, who is set to graduate with two computer science degrees in May. “I like doing themes whether it’s Valentine’s Day or Christmas.
That means her St. Patrick’s Day post was a typical holiday post for her. But her other 2019 posts were not. A friend challenged McNair to post a story every day for her New Year’s resolution.
“I’m more of a picture person, so I came up with the idea to post a photo every day, then I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh! That’s 365 different posts,” she said. “If you check it out, I switched out the wigs every single day, but I actually completed it, my New Year’s resolution.”
- Student Leader of the Month Nominations. The Office of Student Life & Engagement will continue with awarding Student Leader of the Month for March, April and May. Please use this form to submit your nomination: https://peaylink.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/31082.
- and Madam Governor Application Deadline Extended. The application deadline for the Mr. and Madam Governor Award has been extended to 4:30 p.m.Monday, March 30, and all submissions should be sent electronically to Singletong@apsu.edu. Applications are online at http://www.apsu.edu/sga.
- Creative Writing CECA Scholarship Application Deadline Extended. The Creative Writing Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 14, 2020. Email creative writing applications to Amy Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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