Online Learning Resources

Transitioning to online learning is a challenge, but the EVSS Office is here to help! Below we have attached some helpful links. We have included some tips and tricks under certain platforms. Do not hesitate to ask us questions that cannot be answered by the information provided here or anywhere else by CofC. Our priority is to ensure our students are receiving the necessary resources to excel. We are here to help!

Office Hours
Marine Resources Library Trainings

Technology Help

Laptop Requirement for Fall 2020
Adobe
  • Adobe Acrobat Signature

Doodlepoll
Dropbox
Google Scholar
Google Suite (Drive, Sheets, Docs, etc.)
NVivo
Mendeley
Microsoft Teams
OAKS
Voicethread
Zoom
  • FAQs
  • Defending Your Thesis or Internship via Zoom

Other Tips

Evaluating Journals for Publication
Federal Grant Proposal Writing
Tips for Working from Home
Using Images from the Web
CofC Resources

Office Hours

The EVSS Office recognizes that we are living in unprecedented times and wants to be available for students in any way possible. As a result, we've set up open office hours for students to drop in and ask questions via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting Information:

Dr. Annette Watson: Thursdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 123 021 264
    Password: 494571
  • Ask questions about your graduation timeline, classes, navigating online teaching/learning, research challenges, etc.

Lucy Davis by appointment

  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 937 5881 8007
    Password: 649480
  • Ask questions about your graduation timeline, classes, navigating online teaching/learning, research challenges, etc.

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Marine Resources Library Training Sessions

Geoff Timms, MRL Librarian, is offering regular training opportunities through the Marine Resources Library. All sessions will be held online with Zoom. Session details are found on each session’s Eventbrite page. Sign up with the Eventbrite link and add the event to your calendar. Please do cancel your registration if you cannot attend.

  • Getting Familiar with the Library’s New Discovery Platform – one hour session.
    On June 1, 2020, the library replaced its old Discovery platform, catalog, e-journal finder, and link resolver tools with a new fully integrated system called Discovery. This session will help you get started using these essential research tools.
    Fri., 9/4/2020, 2-3 PM;  Wed., 9/9/2020, 3-4 PM;  Fri., 9/18/2020, 2-3 PM;  Wed., 9/23/2020, 2-3 PM;  Wed., 9/30/2020, 2-3 PM
  • Master Citation Management with Mendeley – 90-minute session. *Note, Mendeley requires the installation of free desktop software and browser & Word add-ons that are not permitted on Federal computers.
    Thurs., 9/10/2020, 2-3:30 PM;  Wed., 9/16/2020, 3:30-5:00 PM;  Mon., 9/21/2020, 10-11:30 AM
  • Getting the Most from Google Scholar – one hour session.
    Wed., 9/2/2020, 2-3 PM; Mon., 9/28/2020, 10-11 AM

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As of the start of fall semester 2020, the College is implementing a laptop requirement policy for all students, which means that all students must have regular access to a laptop.

More information about the laptop requirement and other technologies to support your learning can be found at https://go.cofc.edu/laptop

Laptop Requirement

  • Already own or have access to a laptop?
    • If a student already owns or have access to a laptop, they need to sure that it meets the minimum requirements to run the basic software requirements for your program.
      • Microsoft Windows 10 or Mac OS x 10.15 or higher
      • Must have a web camera and microphone (newer models have them built-in).
  • Need a laptop?
    • Financial Aid
      • By adding an institutional policy for every student to own a laptop, it can now be part of the Cost of Attendance as it relates to Financial Aid.
      • This requirement allows students who do not already have a laptop to apply for additional financial aid so that they can purchase one. 
  • Purchasing a laptop
    • Minimum Standard
      • Any laptop that can run Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.15 or higher. 
      • Google Chromebooks may not work for connecting remotely and may not be sufficient in many academic programs, therefore are not recommended.
    • The College has partnerships with Dell and Apple to purchase a laptop at a reduced price. 
      • Warranty repair service is available for Dell and Apple Laptops.
      • We recommend purchasing extended warranties for Dell and Apple computers to better facilitate repairs in the event of problems.
  • Can’t afford a laptop?
    • If a student cannot afford to purchase a laptop and/or do not qualify for additional financial aid, please see the Technology Loan web page for more information.
    • After applying for the laptop, we will verify their financial need and then will loan them a used laptop. The form to apply is located on the Technology Loan web page.

Owning or having fulltime access to your own laptop:

  1. Provides students with mobility and continuity to work from the same machine whenever they are on or off campus.  
  2. Mitigates any health risks because they would be the only person using the computer.  
  3. Increases the technology availability for all students and as we’ll be depending upon technology to foster social distancing. Those without a computer will be at a disadvantage. 
  4. Ensures students have adequate and timely access to CofC electronic resources.

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Adobe

  • Need to scan documents? Try out the Adobe Scan Mobile App. Visit their website or view the informational flyer.
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Creative Suite are available at no cost for CofC students, faculty, and staff for temporary use on personal computers through May 31, 2020. If you would like to request either software, complete a ticket using this link.
    • Adobe Acrobat allows for you to do digital signatures, see below
Instructions on how to use Adobe Acrobat Signature:
  • Using current version of Acrobat (2017/2020)
    • Open toolbar on right-hand side of document by expanding the arrow/triangle
    • Click on “Fill & Sign”
    • A “sign” button should appear at the top of the document
    • Click “add signature”
      • If signature already exists, place it where appropriate and save the document
      • If signature does not yet exist click the plus sign and follow the steps to draw your signature to the best of your ability with your mouse
    • Do not use the “type” function
    • You can also use the “image” function if you already have your signature saved as a jpg file
      • Place the signature where appropriate and save the document
  • Using prior versions of Acrobat
    • Click on “tools” tab at the top of the document
    • Under “forms & signatures,” click open under “fill & sign”
      • A light blue box will appear in the top left of the document with “fill & sign” options tool bar now across the top of the document
    • Select “sign” at the far right of the toolbar and choose “add signature”
      • Choose “draw” or “insert image”
      • You can draw your signature to the best of your ability with your mouse
    • Place the signature where appropriate and save the document

Please note there is a difference between the electronic signature and digital signature.  Please make sure you and your committee use the electronic signature and do not use the digital signature as that places the Adobe logo and IP address stamp alongside the signature.

The thesis release form:
    • An editable PDF that should handle e-signatures without issue 
    • Not to be completed until you have successfully defended
The thesis title page:
    • You are responsible for generating your title page
    • You must use the format outlined in the Graduate School thesis manual
      • Make sure to save it as PDF so it can be used for e-signatures
    • Note that there is a difference between the title page that is uploaded with your thesis submission to ProQuest and the title page that is submitted to the Graduate School

The Graduate School will not accept title pages with mistakes so please be attentive to the formatting requirements.  Both of these forms should be submitted to me after you have uploaded your thesis to ProQuest.

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Doodlepoll

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Dropbox

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Google Scholar

View this flyer to learn some suggestions on how to use Google Scholar effectively to find the publications you are looking for.

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Google (Drive, Sheets, Docs, Chat)

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NVivo

 

The College of Charleston has licensed NVivo software to support qualitative and mixed-methods research. You are entitled to a copy for either Mac or Windows platform.

This license covers faculty and students in:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Environmental & Sustainable Studies

Faculty and students in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance:

  • Department of Teacher Education

It’s time to get you up and running with NVivo. This license does NOT NVivo Transcription or NVivo Collaboration Cloud

Getting Started Is Easy

The first step is to complete your myNVivo profile

This will provide you with access to the myNVivo customer portal, where you can download NVivo.

In order to receive a license key, you must register and create a profile account, using your CofC email address with NVivo, through their web portal: NVivo Portal.


Mendeley

Mendeley is a citation management software that is very useful when writing using scientific articles. Geoff Timms from the Marine Resources Library held a useful webinar on how to use Mendeley. If you missed the webinar or want a refresher on how Mendeley works, click here for an overview. 

Click here to watch zoom tutorial with Geoff. 

Passcode: $mesQ45N 

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Microsoft Teams

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OAKS

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Voicethread

  • Video: How to add voice thread to an OAKS discussion board
  • Video: Adding voice thread to PowerPoint
  • Website 
  • Can access through Oaks class page

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Zoom

FAQ's:

Q: How do I create a Zoom account?

A: Visit https://zoom.us/ and use your CofC email to create a free account.

Q: I have created a Zoom account, but it is showing up as the basic version where I am limited to 40-minute, 3-person meetings. How do I connect my account to CofC's so that I have access to the premium version?

A: Visit https://cofc.zoom.us/ and click "Sign In: Configure My Account". This should link your account (that uses your CofC email) to the CofC subscription that does not have the limitations of the basic version. If the option to configure your account does not appear when you visit the site, try signing out of your Zoom account and re-signing in upon visiting the CofC Zoom page.

Q: I frequently have back-to-back Zoom meetings. What do I do if a meeting runs long and an attendee for my next meeting shows up early?

A: Zoom has a waiting room feature that allows you to place new attendees there instead of just having them appear in your meeting room. This is a good option for virtual office hours or back-to-back meetings. To set up a waiting room, log on to your Zoom account, select Preferences, and scroll down to Meeting (advanced). Here you can toggle the waiting room on or off.

Defending Your Thesis or Internship via Zoom

Students planning to defend their proposal or thesis/internship defense January 2021 should acknowledge that they may have to hold their defense online. Click here to learn some tips suggested by Geoff Timms from CofC's Marine Resources Library. If you have further questions about an online defense or meeting with your committee in an online format, please contact the EVSS office. 

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Evaluating Journals for Publication

If you're considering publishing your thesis or internship manuscript (or any other research), here are some tips for identifying the right journal(s) to seek out for publication. 

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Federal Grant Proposal Writing

Check out this webinar, hosted by the American Geosciences Institute, to learn about several federal fellowships available for master's and doctoral students. View this flyer for an overview of each fellowship discussed in the webinar. (Fellowships discussed include the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the USGS Mendenhall Fellowship, the NOAA Knauss Fellowship, and the NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship.)


Tips for Working From Home

Check out this flyer to learn some great tips for working from home as well as some ways to navigate online classes, projects, and conducting thesis/internship research.

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Using Images from the Web

Properly using and citing images from the web can be a daunting task. Geoff Timms from the Marine Resources Library held a useful webinar on how to ethically use images from the web. If you missed the webinar or want a refresher, click here for an overview of what he discussed. 

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CofC Resources

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