Virtual Learning Tools for Students
Below are links to a variety of resources that may be helpful to you as you do your coursework remotely. We will be updating it as more resources become available.
If you have any technical problems or questions that aren't answered here, please submit a trouble ticket to our Help Desk at https://helpdesk.vsc.edu. IT and EdTech Services can also be contacted via at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at (802) 468-1221.
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Technology Checklist for Remote Learning
Do a technology check up to make sure you're ready to complete your course work virtually. Click HERE for the list of requirements at the end of this page.
Links to Castleton Online Services
Canvas Guides for Students
REMINDER: Use computer audio whenever possible when joining a Zoom meeting.
Tools from the Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center (ASC) has compiled some resources to help you stay organized and access ASC services if you need them.
One of the biggest differences between traditional classroom learning and virtual learning is the lack of a set schedule. Personalize the Virtual Learning Sample Schedule to create some structure in your week and help with the transition.
To assist with advising via Zoom and email, there is now a modifiable blank version of the Weekly Schedule available. It includes space at the bottom to list online courses and courses like Soundings that do not have a meeting time, along with back-up courses.
If you have both Word and the Course Listing open on your desktop, you can easily copy and paste from the Course Listing to the schedule. Students are encouraged to use this tool to plan for next semester and share it with their advisor. (See the Weekly Schedule Sample for an example.)
Wellness Center Services & Support
The Wellness Center counselors and Amy Bremel, our violence prevention educator and advocate, are available to all students for individual meetings and for group meetings and chats. We are using Zoom or phone calls (your choice) for all services. All services are free for Castleton students
For students experiencing mental health emergencies: NEED HELP NOW? 24/7 ASSISTANCE HERE
Wellness Center FAQ
Wellness Center Staff will be holding drop-in chats each week
- Please check your email to learn about the times of these chats.
- You can join these Zoom meetings anonymously by turning off video and using a name of your choice
Want a group chat about a particular topic?
Please let us know and we’ll arrange for one!
PLEASE Like, Share, and Follow the Wellness Center’s social media posts with helpful information and great links for your health and wellness!
Microsoft Office for Castleton Students - How to download and install from your CU Office 365 account. For Windows and Mac OS.
Chromebook users can download Office apps from the Google Play store.
WiFi Hotspots Map
When using public WiFi, always adhere to social distancing guidelines. Preferably, access the sites from within a parked vehicle.
A WiFi hotspot for CU students only has been set up in the Hoff Hall lot. Park near the Pavilion.
Public WiFi Hotspots in Vermont - Provided by the Vermont Department of Public Service.
Discounts on Internet Access at Home
Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are currently providing free or discounted Internet services to households for a limited period of time. Some ISPs may have requirements for free or discounted access.
Castleton University is not affiliated with and does not endorse any individual ISP. Individuals taking advantage of free or discounted services should carefully read the ISP's terms of agreement.
Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting
Technology Check List
Is your laptop or desktop OS up to date? We recommend the following:
- PCs - Windows 10 (if you have an older version, we strongly recommend upgrading)
- Apple - Mac OS X 10.11 or later
- Chromebooks will work, but may have issues with software
- Linux (a recent distribution that is fully updated
Is your mobile device up to date?
Canvas makes a mobile app for both iOS and Android, which you can get from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. We definitely recommend it. They are compatible with:
- iPhone or iPad with iOS 12.0 or later
- Android phone or tablet with version 5.0 or later
Are your browsers compatible?
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
Acceptable, but will have some issues
Is your Internet connection reliable?
DSL or cable modem is highly recommended. Area wireless and satellite may also work, just be aware of speed issues or bad weather that may impact performance.
Are you checking your Castleton email?
Your professors will be communicating regularly with you via your CU Office 365 email account. Make sure you check it often! You can access it here: Castleton O365 Email
Do you have Microsoft Office?
If you don't already have a copy installed, VSC students and faculty have access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint online. You can also install the full Office suite on up to five devices for free. Here are instructions on how to do that: Installing Office