For Students

A message from Allan Coyle, Interim Vice President, Students

While many of you may have taken courses online before (or through means other than face-to-face), we appreciate that it will be entirely new for some, and that this change has come unexpectedly and quickly.

In addition to your instructors, who will help to guide you through this process and answer questions, there are many people working behind the scenes to support you. Above all, we are committed to providing you with the instruction you need for success during this transition to alternate delivery of your education. We hope you find the below information helpful for a successful completion of your courses this term.

Current status

Okanagan College is transitioning all classes to alternative modes of delivery until further notice. Any classes that have not been transitioned will be cancelled or postponed until the transition is complete. Students will receive communication from their instructors on the status of each class.

Online Learning – Getting Started 

The transition to online learning can take some adjustment for students who are new to the delivery method. Okanagan College offers resources below to help you successfully master the tools available.

Technical help

IT Services is here to help. 

 

Online learning tools 

MyOkanagan

MyOkanagan is the main portal to access web-based College services like student records, course schedule, the OC wireless network and email. You can connect to Moodle through this portal.

Moodle

Moodle is the College’s software packaged designed to help teachers easily create online courses – and students can access course materials from anywhere at any time.  

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing/webinar platform designed for use in online teaching. This tool uses audio, video and chat tools to create virtual classrooms and meeting spaces where learning material can be shared and discussed. Webinar rooms include a collaborative whiteboard tool that allows you to interact with your peers and instructor in real time. 

Virtual Desktop

IT Services has created a new service for students to access software they may not have available to them at home. This is done through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Students can watch this how-to video for more information about how to log in to access software while learning remotely. The service allows students to access software listed in the general pool here.

Contact the Helpdesk at 250-762-5445 ext. 4444 (toll-free: 1-866-839-4032) or email support@okanagan.bc.ca if you have any questions.

 

Top 5 Tips for Success with Online Learning

  1. Plan your time. Set aside specific times to be on the digital platforms like Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate, in addition to regular time spent studying and reading. Use the time you would normally be in class to connect online with your instructor and peers.
  2. Avoid distractions. This is a tough one, but you want to create space for concentration. Can you close the door to the room you will study in? Does music help you block out noises? Should your phone be in the other room? Explore different things to find what works for you.
  3. Reach out for help. Just because your studying at home does not mean you’re on your own. Email your instructor with questions or concerns, ask fellow students for phone study sessions, engage in online group discussions, and contact the Learning Centre/Student Success Centre in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm for online support. Your OC community is just a click away.
  4. Set mini-deadlines. Classes can keep us accountable, so studying from home means it will be important that you incrementally complete your coursework to stay on schedule.
  5. Take a break. This is important if you are learning online or in-person. Studies show that people perform better when they can rest and eat healthy food. Take care of yourself during this time to prevent burnout.

Accessibility

Students who require accommodations and/or adaptive technology during this time should contact Accessibility Services.

Dealing with change

Personal, emotional and academic problems can be a normal part of student life – and this can be compounded during an intense period such as this. Okanagan College Counselling Services provides professionally trained counsellors and other resources to assist students in coping with problem areas that may interfere with maximizing academic and social potential. Indigenous students seeking culturally relevant support can contact Aboriginal Services about spaces and resources available on each campus. 

There are also several resources available at OC and in the community:

FAQs about OC’s response to COVID-19

There is a lot of information (and mis-information) available about COVID-19. Read the Frequently Asked Questions section posted online of what this will mean to you as an OC student. There are also specific details and instructions for International Students, as well as the latest updates on this emerging health concern.

Okanagan College is committed to keeping its community informed with accurate information from authoritative sources in government and public health. Please note: we are doing our best to keep all links up-to-date as much as possible.

Internet access

Telus and Shaw are offering support to families in need when it comes to internet access. View the links below to learn more.