COVID-19 Resources

As the IT Department becomes aware of resources that may be of benefit to students during this crisis we will post that information to this page.

Preparing for online classes

To prepare for fully online classes students may want to review the items below.

  • If you have never used Zoom before visit their tutorial page and check out the first tutorial Join a Meeting.
  • If you are not familiar with the operation of Canvas visit the Canvas Student Tour created for ULS Students.

Internet Access for Students

Added 3/27/20 from the City of Philadelphia : Information on Staying connected during COVID-19


Added 3/16/20, Updated 4/2/20

To fully engage in Online Learning, students need access to the internet. Some students may struggle with affording access once they leave campus. A member of our community has provided a list of providers and their assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Altice USA  is offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their  footprint.
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • Cox COVID-19 response: New plans include offering a low-income internet tier with no annual contract and relaxing data usage overage charges for all tiers.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.

source: https://library.educause.edu/topics/teaching-and-learning/online-learning