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BORO Weekly
April 6 - 12, 2020
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GIVEAWAY: Show us your workspace!

Maybe you’re working in a corner office with a view of a nearby creek. Or maybe you’re at your kitchen table with you puppy friend trying to sneak in a few pets. Or if you have a reliable laptop and WiFi, you’re on a hammock – taking notes for your sociology class.

As Edinboro University shifts to remote learning for spring 2020, we want to see your setup. Send us a photo of you and your workspace for a chance to win an Edinboro shirt, sunglasses and coffee mug. Upload you images to Office Space – Edinboro or email communications@edinboro.edu by Thursday at 10 a.m. to be considered. Make sure your first and last name are included in the notes.

We will announce the winner at noon on Thursday – National Unicorn Day. Contact us at communications@edinboro.edu with any questions or comments.

7 tips for successful online learning

Our world, our country and our University have experienced many disruptions and a great deal of uncertainty in the face of this global pandemic. As we all adjust to a new and unexpected academic life, here are some tips for successful online learning.

  1. Establish a workspace. Choose a quiet, comfortable and well-lit place that is free of distractions. Consider turning your cell phone off or leaving it in another room, and ask your family members or roommates not to bother you while you’re studying. Ergonomic workspaces allow you to focus on your coursework, and adequate lighting can help reduce eye strain and fatigue.
  2. Stay organized. Make a written schedule and prioritize your assignments. Establish a routine and set daily goals. Keep your workspace free of clutter, and manage time wisely by sticking to your study plan.
  3. Stay engaged. Attend virtual class sessions and take active notes. Preview lesson topics, complete all required and recommended reading and be prepared to participate in online discussions. Communicate effectively and build rapport with your classmates.
  4. Ask for help. Take advantage of Edinboro University’s academic support services, and ask questions of your instructor during virtual office hours. Reach out to your academic success coordinator or a peer ambassador if you need help adjusting to online learning. Schedule tutoring sessions in Starfish or access 24/7 tutoring through Smarthinking.
  5. Take care of yourself. Schedule regular study breaks. Leave your workspace and get away from your screen to recharge your batteries. Go for a walk or join an online yoga session. Exercise regularly, get plenty of rest and keep healthy snacks near your study area. Remember that you are not alone. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to provide teletherapy by phone or Zoom for Edinboro students currently in Pennsylvania. Facilitation of referrals for students currently located out of state is available through CAPS by calling 814-732-2252.
  6. Stay motivated. Stay positive. Decorate your workspace with inspirational quotes or pictures. Review your goals and remember why you set them. Self-discipline is key to successful online learning.
  7. Reward yourself for completing your daily to-do list. Schedule a Zoom session with your family members or friends. Catch a virtual concert, learn a new language or try a new recipe.

You’ve got this, Fighting Scots.

Academic support services available online

Starfish

Seize the opportunity to get ahead in your classwork and realize your academic goals by utilizing the academic support services available from the Academic Success Center.

The Academic Success Center provides individualized attention to students, fostering holistic growth in a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment. To schedule a meeting with your academic success coordinator, use the Starfish icon on the myEdinboro launchpad.

Virtual peer tutoring is now available through the Starfish and Tutoring icons. All tutoring services are listed by subject under "Your Services." For detailed instructions, please see this video.

tutoring

Edinboro University continues to provide 24/7 online tutoring through the professional tutoring service company Smarthinking. This service is accessible through the Tutoring icon in the portal.

The Student Success Ambassadors – a group of upper-level students who assist their peers with academic and social transitions – are available via Zoom to answer general questions, provide study tips and offer guidance through the transition to online classes. You can schedule a virtual appointment with the Student Success Ambassadors under the STRIVE service in Starfish.

Get ahead with EU Summer Sessions

Summer sessions

Today is the final day to request S/U grading

Under normal circumstances, students have the option to choose Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading during the first week of the semester. Given the unusual nature of the current situation, the deadline for undergraduate classes has been extended to today at 11:59 p.m.

Requesting an S/U grade in a current course does not mean that you are done with the course. Students must continue to complete coursework for the remainder of the semester as they would with the traditional grading system. For additional information about S/U grading, visit the University's COVID-19 page.

Withdrawal period ends today

Today is the last day for students to withdraw from a class. Students who withdraw from their classes will receive a W on their academic record for the courses from which they withdrew.

If you wish to withdraw from a class, you may do so through your SCOTS account, using the alternate PIN you used to register for your spring classes. If you forgot this alternate PIN or need assistance, please contact Records and Registration.

EU celebrates fabled Scottish creature on Unicorn Day

Unicorn Day

The unicorn. A mythical creature and symbol of morality across the globe.

It also happens to be the national animal of Scotland. Really, it is.

To celebrate the Scottish national Unicorn Day on Thursday and Edinboro’s own Scottish heritage, the University has planned several unicorn-themed activities and virtual events. Full details will be available soon on Edinboro University's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Library resources available remotely

Library

Did you know that many of the resources available through Baron-Forness Library are also accessible online?

Although the building is closed due to COVID-19, you can access ebooks and other online resources through the Baron-Forness Library COVID-19 page.

Houla Entertainment sponsors virtual programming

Houla Entertainment has organized a series of virtual performances to keep you entertained while you’re practicing social distancing.

Additional information about Houla Entertainment's virtual programming is available in EngagEU.

Access virtual recruitment events on TartanEdge

Tartan Edge

Students, faculty, staff and alumni have access to dynamic career information and resources through the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning.

Edinboro offers a broad range of experiential learning and technology-based resources such as career assessments, customized job boards, interview preparation and more that students can utilize for career exploration and preparedness.

Virtual recruitment events are being added to TartanEdge daily.

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In case you missed it: EU in the news

The achievements of Edinboro University’s students, faculty and staff are always making headlines. Here are several recent news stories about excellence at EU:

Edinboro releases 2020 football schedule [ErieNewsNow (WSEE/WICU-TV) ]

Fordson grad Rana Elhusseini named PSAC West Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year [Dearborn Press & Guide]

Mover of the week, March 29 [GoErie.com (Erie Times-News)]

Edinboro University Appoints New Chief Administrative and Financial Officer [ErieNewsNow (WSEE/WICU-TV)]

Edinboro athlete wins PSAC honor [GoErie.com (Erie Times-News)]

Edinboro softball seniors have bittersweet send-off [GoErie.com (Erie Times-News)]

The Insider - Edinboro University’s master of fine arts program [ErieNewsNow (WSEE/WICU-TV)]

Edinboro University launches honors college [Tribune-Review (Greensburg/Pittsburgh)]

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