Online Student Resources
With our quick change to online classes, we want to make sure you're comfortable with your new learning environment.
If you've never taken an online class, or if your looking for some tips and tricks to keep you on track, you'll find resources to help you here.
Blackboard Learning Guide [PDF]
This guide is designed to help you navigate some of the technical concerns you may have with Blackboard.
Online Student Training Materials
Complementary access to online student training materials for the next 30 days. Includes orientation for online learners and workshops.
Online Tutoring & Writing Resources
Through June 15, you'll have access to 10 free step by steps solutions and tutoring, per month, as well as free premium access to a 24/7 virtual writing center.
Free Access to eTextbooks
For the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, students at Barnes & Noble College campuses that have closed due to COVID-19 will have free access to eTextbooks for through a partnership with VitalSource.
Training & Learning Center (TLC)
The TLC is your one-stop shop to find information and assistance for all the systems and solutions you use every day. From Blackboard eLearning tips and training, to Student Self Service best practices, to help with Microsoft Office 365 tools.
Here is a quick start to Blackboard:
As a KCTCS Student, you get a full featured version of Microsoft Office to use for free as long as you are a student. You can download and install this on your computer to use to help complete assignments.
Infobase Academic Virtual Classroom
As we move into this new form of remote teaching due to the closure of many schools and libraries because of the COVID-19 virus, Infobase would like to help in the scramble to find online learning materials by offering a free trial access to our Academic Virtual Classroom through 4/30/20. Below are the links and username and password for online access for any faculty, staff or student from anywhere. Feel free to use these resources as needed in any distance learning courses.
Be well and stay safe through this crisis.
Academic Virtual Classroom with FOD
User Name: distancelearning2 Password: trial
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World News Digest https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=280529&pid=WE56
Bloom’s Literature https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=280529&pid=WE54
Issues & Controversies https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=280529&pid=WE57
Ferguson’s Career Guidance https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=280529&pid=WE34
Today’s Science https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=280529&pid=WE59
Writer’s Reference http://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=280529&pid=WE03
Films On Demand Master Collection https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlayLists.aspx?wid=280529
VitalSource, our partner for digital content delivery, along with more than 100 publishers announced a program today to provide free access to more than 55,000 titles used in higher education for displaced students and faculty. Access will remain in place through 5/25/20.
A college email address is all that is needed to gain access and students can download up to 7 titles at no cost. Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf.
Main info page is: get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps.
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Gateway Center for eLearning
Contact the Gateway Center for eLearning or Gateway IT Support for further assistance.
Blackboard Collaborate Support
Some of our face to face classes will be using the same shell as a fully online class, Here is a course tour video that may be of assistance to you: