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Navigating Prairie State College This Fall

Welcome

 

Welcome to the fall semester at Prairie State College!

We are looking forward to a great semester at Prairie State College, and hope you are ready for an excellent online learning experience.

Online learning may or may not be your preferred way of taking college classes, and we understand that. We also know that you are resilient and can conquer any obstacle that comes your way. Push yourself this semester and tackle these classes with vigor and vitality. Whether this is your first year of college, or your last semester of college, we want to encourage you to give it your all, and remember, we are here for you every step of the way!

We are Strong. We are Proud. We Are PSC.

Online Learning

 

Log into Desire to Learn (D2L):


Desire2Learn, D2L, is Prairie State College’s learning management system. D2L allows faculty to share resources, collect assignments and provide feedback to students. Watch the following tutorial, D2L Overview, to learn about how to navigate D2L, get 24/7/365 help, get the tools to access documents and information, submit assignments, participate in discussions, take quizzes and check your progress.

Navigating WebAdvisor:


Visit prairiestate.edu, and click on the WebAdvisor logo.

  • View class schedule
  • Search schedule online
  • Receive grades
  • View real-time seat count
  • View financial aid award
  • Register for courses
  • Check account balance
  • Print unofficial transcripts

Understanding Meeting Patterns for Online Classes:


All PSC courses will be held primarily online this fall and offered in one of three ways: online with no meeting pattern, online with a meeting pattern, and a blended option.

Online courses with no meeting pattern: Students learn independently through readings, videos, exams, written work, and online exercises. Although there are no meeting times, and students can access lectures and lessons at their convenience, these classes are not entirely self-paced—students will be required to complete assignments and sit for exams according to given deadlines.

Online with a meeting pattern: Although entirely online, students attend these classes as they would a traditional course. Connected by webcam and microphone, students and their professors will engage in lectures and class discussions. As with other online classes, coursework will not be self-paced, and deadlines for assignments and exams will apply.

Blended pattern: Lab-based and practicum courses will be carried out in a blended format in which students attend online lectures and on-campus labs. Labs will be conducted with strict safety measures, including fewer than ten students per lab, physical distancing, personal protective equipment, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation.

Courses for the fall semester are listed on WebAdvisor and marked to identify how the class will be delivered. “IN” indicates online courses with no meeting pattern, and “INMP” signifies online with a meeting pattern. Blended courses are classified as those that require labs or practicum. Instructors will notify students of their lab schedule.

Online Resources

 

Need a laptop this semester?


https://prairiestate.edu/technologylendingprogram.aspx

Students in need of technology can borrow a laptop from the College for the entire fall semester. Students should fill out an online request form. If you require specific software, additional options are available upon request. The form will be routed to the Bursar to ensure that you meet the qualifications and you are in good financial standing at the College.

Get Technology Support (Help Desk):


The Help Desk provides PSC students with a single point of contact for PSC computer related problems or questions with PSC equipment or software. The ITR Help Desk is also your point of contact for all password or login issues. If you need assistance, contact helpdesk@prairiestate.edu.

Request for Call or Virtual Meeting:


Students can now complete a Virtual Campus Student Support Form to request a return call or a virtual meeting from individual departments. This will provide additional options for our students to engage with our staff.

Building Access Guidelines:


Prairie State College looks forward to the day when we can open our campus to the community without the limitations and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until then, the college has established Building Access Guidelines to provide a framework for employees, students, community members, and guests to enter PSC campuses and facilities safely.

Rapid Registration/in-person services:


Prairie State College is operating virtually this fall, and we welcome you to enroll online or in-person at Rapid Registration. Before you register, you must complete an online application. Even those who are already registered, can make an appointment to meet with Financial Aid, the Business Office, and Academic Advising. Click here to take the next step in becoming or continuing on as a PSC Pioneer.

PSC Foundation


The PSC Foundation awards need-based scholarships to students to help bridge the gap between what students receive from financial aid and what they can actually afford. Learn more or apply for a scholarship online now.


The Barnes & Noble College Bookstore is offering free shipping on online orders, as well as FREE ebook access for the fall 2020 semester. (Due to a recent power outage, the Barnes and Noble Bookstore is backlogged on textbook orders for fall. We ask for your patience as we work to get you your textbooks as soon as possible.)

Reminders

 

Check your Email:


Students, your Prairie State College email is the official and primary method of communication between you and the College. Be sure to check it daily for important messages regarding your registration, payment deadlines, account/financial aid information, and College updates/events. We also encourage you to forward your PSC email to your personal account. (If you cannot access your PSC email account, contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@prairiestate.edu.)

New Student Orientation:


Eliminate the “I didn’t know” factor by exploring and discovering valuable information about PSC, including what you need to do to succeed and the resources that you can use. The First-Year Online Student Orientation is open to all students, but first-time college students under the age of 24 are required to attend. Visit the First Year Experience page to learn more.

Payment Deadline Extended:


If you have yet to secure your payment for the fall semester, you have until August 20, 2020 to do so. Payment arrangements not made by the 20th could result in your courses being dropped.


A new five-month payment plan has been established via NelNet. Students pay only 15% down. The remaining five equal payments are not scheduled to begin until September 2020. The deadline to sign-up is October 15.