How can I get help with advising?
The College of Education Student Advising Office is closed. However, advisors are available to take appointments with students by phone or Zoom. Please call (517) 353-9680 or schedule an appointment online. Student Affairs Office.
How do I meet field-based requirements for my course or program?
Most field placements in the College of Education, such as teaching internships and practicum experiences, have also been suspended. Faculty members are working to identify alternative means for students to meet learning objectives as well as requirements set by professional accrediting bodies.
Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs at (517) 353-9680, or your regular MSU field placement coordinator.
How are things changing for graduate students?
For information about changes affecting graduate students, such as time to degree extensions, testing and graduate assistant responsibilities, please refer to the MSU Gradute School page being updated regularly.
I'm a graduate student, and I'd still like to connect with fellow college Spartans! How can I do that?
Join us for our Virtual Coffeeshop, offered twice per day Monday - Friday!
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Join our (relatively) quiet working time alongside other Spartans
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Unwind with us! Here are topics we will cove during the evening sessions:
- Mondays: Time with the TAs (gathering time for TAs)
- Tuesdays: Wellness Challenge participants
- Wednesdays: Two Truths & a Lie
- Thursdays: Crowdsourcing (share helpful apps or online resources for fitness, relaxation! Be sure to email Kristine Bowman so we can add the resources to this site)
- Fridays: What are you most proud that you did during this week?
Meet with us on Zoom.
What is the graduate student Wellness Challenge?
WHO: MSU graduate students, grad program directors and staff in teams of any size (including one!). Come up with a team name!
WHAT: The team with the greatest total number of steps (calculated by adding the daily average of team members' steps) wins MSU Education or MSU Kinesiology T-shirts
WHERE: Outdoors (in Michigan and other states where shelter-in-place orders permit outdoor exercise, with appropriate physical distance)
WHEN: The challenge runs from Friday, April 3 - Monday, April 13. Sign up before then.
WHY: Stay healthy and connected to one another!
HOW: Through a fitness tracker/app of your choice and the Challenge Runner app. The challenge code is 9416eq-257r.
Questions? Email Isla Frazier (firstname.lastname@example.org).
And don't forget to tag the college (@msucollegeofed) on social media when you're out and about!
How will course grading change?
For spring semester 2020, Michigan State University students may request to have their grades recorded in a binary grading system of Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS) for each eligible course in which they are enrolled.
Students taking courses in the Kinesiology, Elementary Education and Special Education majors and the Secondary Education program that have a minimum grade requirement will still be held to that minimum grade requirement, even if the course is taken as S/NS.
For information on how numerical grades will be assigned, insight for those interested in applying to graduate school and other notable updates regarding this process, visit the Ed-Connect or KIN-nections blogs. These blogs, intended for students in Education and Kinesiology majors, have up-to-date information regarding these grading policies and other pertinent information for students. Consider subscribing to the blog(s), if you have not already done so.
For information from MSU, refer to the list of frequently asked questions about the policy and process.
I may need counseling. What do I do?
MSU Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) staff are working remotely to serve students. Go to the website or call (517) 355-8270.
I want to speak to the University Ombudsperson. What do I do?
The Office of the University Ombudsperson sent the following note to the MSU community on April 6, 2020:
We ... recognize these uncertain times at the university as faculty move to teaching online, students adapt to being virtual learners and many of us practice social distancing through new resources. These transitions increase the potential for conflic as our needs for stability, connection and understanding are not met. The Office of the University Ombudsperson can address these needs in the following ways:
- Stability: The Office of the University Ombudsperson has been part of the campus community for more than 50 years, assisting students, faculty and staff in resolving confliect, as well as in understanding student rights and universituy policy. While our methods of interaction have changed, we remain available to help in these spaces via email, phone or Zoom.
- Connection: Conflict often escalates when individuals are distanced from one another. We encourage our community members to find ways to engage in conflict through healthy means and, upon request, we offer virtual training in this aspect. A list of the offerings can be found on our website.
- Understanding: Listening continues to be core to our work in offering a confidential, independent, neutral and informal ear for individuals to share their concerns, conflicts and fears.
If you need to contact the Office of the University Ombudsperson to be heard, set up a training or schedule an appointment via phone or Zoom, please e-mail us at email@example.com. You also can share concerns via our Problem/Concern form on our new updated website. We encourage you to visit and see the resources available to you during this time through the Office of the University Ombudsperson.
What do I need to know as an international student?
Summary information for international students and scholars is available at the MSU COVID-19 website under the International Programs.
International students, scholars and visitors:
- Deadline for undergraduate international students is now March 31st.
- MSU is temporarily accepting the Duolingo test for English proficiency.
- Admissions questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information related to international graduate student admissions is on the Graduate School COVID website.
What's the plan for study abroad?
All MSU education abroad programs, including freshman seminars abroad, are cancelled for spring and summer 2020. Detailed information on how global health risk is assessed and monitored, as well as the program withdrawal process can be found at the Education Abroad’s COVID-19 site. Education Abroad has also transitioned to online advising for students.
Faculty may continue to plan study abroad programs for the future and are welcome to meet with the Office of International Studies in Education to discuss this.
What resources are available from the library?
Elizabeth Webber, education librarian, is eager to be of help. Her contact information is: email@example.com or (517) 884-5929.
Here are a few things from the library that may be helpful:
- Online & Distance Resources (including getting books at home, remote access to the library, how to access Google Scholar, finding materials, or chat/email reference)
- Interlibrary Loan is in flux based on partner library situations, but you can still suggest purchases and we can still get articles.
- Course Reserves: Some books are available in e-format (I've purchased those already) and the rest can be scanned and emailed to students.
- Specific Resources for Field Experiences include Education in Video (steaming video for training/developing teachers). If there are other streaming or electronic resources that may be helpful, now is a great time to ask!
Are there options to continue volunteering?
Yes! The MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning has developed a list of virtual volunteer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
I am supposed to graduate. Will there be a ceremony?
The university has decided to postpone spring commencement ceremonies. This includes the College of Education doctoral hooding ceremonies in the Erickson Kiva that were scheduled for May 1, 2020. We share MSU’s commitment to making every effort to reschedule these events. We also want to think about additional ways to celebrate your graduation and we need your help in doing so. Please share your creative ideas with Jenn Brown in the Dean's Office; her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am an MSU faculty member or graduate student. How can I learn more about teaching remotely?
Staff at the Hub for Innovation and Learning and MSU IT continue to develop resources for teaching MSU courses remotely. See the latest information at keepteaching.msu.edu.
Various virtual support communities are holding daily sessions and can be accessed through this site. Go to Remote Scheduled Events to see the planned guest speakers and topics.
9:00 AM-10:00AM every day (M-F)
Join Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching Learning and Technology, Mark Largent, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and others from across MSU for an opportunity to discuss issues around teaching and other aspects of supporting learning in a virtual content. Those who drop in can raise ideas, questions and needs. Open to all MSU faculty, students and staff.
The Teachers’ Lounge
11:00 AM-12:00PM every day (M-F)
Join others teaching online to discuss ideas, questions and needs. Open to all MSU educators.
3:00PM-5:00PM every day (M-F)
These open, drop-in hours provide the opportunity to raise specific questions about moving to remote teaching. Open to all MSU educators.
In addition, video recordings and slides from two sessions by College of Education faculty members, “Resource Sharing for Online Instruction: Virtual Conversations,” are available:
Resources from College Librarian
I am a PreK-12 educator. Where can I find resources to keep teaching and leading?
Free mini-MOOC on remote teaching:
Sign up for a self-paced online learning experience from the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program covering a range of strategies related to remote teaching.
In order to support the transition to remote learning, the faculty, students and alumni of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program have created a series of blog posts focused on general considerations, challenges and specific strategies at the PreK-12 level.
Office of K-12 Outreach:
The MSU Office of K-12 Outreach is available to support schools and districts in strengthening leadership and instructional practices. The office has created a list of resources for educators and families.
Podcast on remote teaching:
Associate Professor Christine Greenhow discusses the opportunities and challenges of teaching in digital settings on this podcast with WKAR.
How can I get help working remotely?
For the most up-to-date information on employment status and directions for working at MSU, check the HR FAQs page.
The WorkLife Office is sharing many resources to help people adjust, if you are looking for support and ideas concerning working at home, handling work and family issues, and managing stress, among other issues. Ask questions to the office at email@example.com.
Here are some additional links.
To restrict unauthorized access to Zoom meetings, effective April 1, all new Zoom meetings will require passwords in order to gain access to the meeting room.
Passwords will be required by default when a new meeting is created (which can be edited), and the passwords will appear in meeting invitations. Users joining the meeting will be prompted to enter the password.
Follow instructions from Zoom to set or change a password.
- When creating Zoom passwords, do not use personal login or authentication passwords
- Keep passwords unique to your meeting or meeting series
- This change also will apply to meetings hosted at msuhipaa.zoom.us, which comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Questions? Contact MSU IT Services at (517) 432-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flexible Work & Telecommuting
The blog covers topics including Working Remotely, Working at Home with Children, Mental Health Matters, Taking Care in Times of Uncertainty and Culture of Trust. The most requested is "The Importance of NOT Socially Isolating While Simultaneously Practicing Social Distancing."
These are recorded live and posted back to the website. New webinars are posted daily at 10:00 a.m. View the complete schedule or suggest other topic areas.
Separately from MSU, the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs), a part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education, is hosting a webinar on April 14.
The spread of COVID-19 has caused schools and districts across the country to shutter their doors. States, districts, and schools must suddenly and unexpectedly grapple with the new reality of providing quality education to every student remotely.
Join REL Mid-Atlantic for a free webinar on remote learning with researchers and educators who will cover these important topics:
- Felicia Hurwitz and Steve Malick, researchers with REL Mid-Atlantic, will provide an overview of the context of school closures in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond and discuss evidence-based practices to support remote learning.
- Heather Bennett, director of school equity services at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, will discuss strategies to promote educational equity during remote learning.
This webinar is intended for administrators from state education agencies, districts, and schools; teachers; school board members; and others interested in effective distance learning. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com. You will also be able to ask questions during the webinar.
Register for "Learning Remotely in the Age of COVID-19: Lessons from Evidence and Concerns for Equity," a free webinar on April 14, 2020 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST.
Running Virtual Meetings
Quick Tips for Leading Meetings in a Virtual Space
I want to speak to the University Ombudsperson. What do I do?
Orders & Deliveries
All future order deliveries should route through University Services. Only essential things should be ordered at this time. This will ensure UPS and FedEx deliveries are not returned to sender.
If you must place an order, please change the delivery address as follows:
(Attn: Room#, Building)
Michigan State University
116 Service Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Undergraduate Assistants Available
The MSU Libraries are happy to offer undergraduate assistants for MSU teaching staff, who could utilize help for research or preparing content for courses. Some examples of ways the students could be helpful:
- Identifying relevant library resources
- Providing bibliographic assistance
- Assessing readability of text materials
- Helping with PowerPoints or graphics
A faculty member could expect approximately 10 hours of work per week for the remainder of the semester.
There are 120 potential assistants who were employed by the Libraries, but now have no work because the Libraries are closed. If faculty could help the Libraries by continuing to employ them, the Library will pay their salaries.
Contact Mat Schueller at email@example.com if interested. Because of the limited number of students available, the Libraries may not be able to fulfill every request.
Research activities at MSU have been discontinued as of March 24, 2020, unless they are considered essential to basic operations. However, human subject research can be done using technology instead of direct in-person interactions; there is no reason to stop such work. Note, though, that if you wish to switch to collection of data using technology (such as using telephone or Zoom interviews), and if your original IRB approval did not include such approaches, you must request a modification to your IRB approval (which would be done by going to the IRB website or contacting the IRB Office and following their process for modifications). Visit the Research Continuity page for further updates.
The Office of Research Administration in the College of Education is continuing to support scholars in the college.
- For current travel policies and information, go to the MSU Travel website.
- All university-sponsored international and non-essential domestic travel is currently suspended until May 15th.
- Up-to-date travel advisories, including international travel, is available at the MSU COVID-19 website. This site also has links to the current CDC and Department of State travel advisories and risk levels.
- The Office of International Health and Safety has information about the support their staff provide.
Student Emergency Fund
The College of Education has established a Student Emergency Fund to support students who are challenged with necessities such as housing, food, medical care or being able to access required resources for remote learning. Go to the Crowdpower page to make a donation.
Here are a few MSU resources offering learning materials, content and advice. Check back for more updates as we receive them.