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August 4, 2020: Changes to Veterinary Technology Hands-on Skills Acquisition for 2020/2021

Dear Veterinary Technology students,

As we enter the fall semester under the ever-changing climate of COVID-19, the faculty and staff of the Animal Studies Department are working hard to prepare for all possible scenarios. Seeking the most appropriate and safest options for students to insure progress towards meaningful educational goals is essential.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) are the governing bodies for the essential skills that are required for graduation from an accredited veterinary technology program such as the one offered at Becker College. These requirements guide our curriculum in preparing students for their professional careers as veterinary technicians. Under normal circumstances, most hands-on skills acquisition for veterinary technology programs would take place during scheduled in-person lab time on campus. Due to the continued risks of COVID-19 to the Becker community and the high probability that hands-on learning will need to pivot to remote-only learning, some changes are being implemented.

The very difficult decision has been made to not bring live animals to campus this semester. Having live animals on campus poses additional exposure risks. Safely implementing physical distancing requirements while performing animal husbandry, restraint or many medical procedures is not feasible in large numbers. Safety is our number one priority. The Lenfest Animal Health Clinic will not be open to the public, however the facilities will still be used for lecture and hands-on labs that do not involve live animals and where physical distancing is still possible.

The AVMA/CVTEA made recent temporary accommodations to its requirements that allow some students to acquire hands-on learning outside of the Becker College campus. This accommodation means that students can work/volunteer/externship in veterinary clinics/laboratories/shelters/farms that meet certain requirements under the supervision of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or a Credential Veterinary Technician. This would be instead of acquiring all the skills during on-campus labs when COVID-19 prevents on campus activity. Externships have always been a graduation requirement from the Veterinary Technology programs at Becker and this flexibility allows students to get started on placement right away. Becker Clinical instructors would still provide the final assessment for students.

We are recommending that ALL veterinary technology students begin the search at this time to find a facility/facilities close to their residence where essential hands-on skills can be performed.

Some students may already work/volunteer in a facility that can accommodate some skills acquisition. A form letter will be available soon for students to present to sites/facilities that explains the circumstances. Students should focus on skills needed for the semester they are currently enrolled, although other skills may be documented as well. A list of required skills will be provided. Student support will be available to assist with placement in facilities. Clinical instructors will be available throughout the semester as a contact point. They will monitor your progress in practicing off-campus skills and be ready to answer your questions. Final assessments will be administered by your clinical instructors, so they will be an integral part of the process.

This update to the Veterinary Technology programs now gives students the opportunity to choose an entirely remote option if they would like to do so for FA2020. With the remote option, didactic learning will still take place on-line. For students who choose to be on campus or commute to campus, labs and lectures will continue to run in a hybrid fashion. In person labs will include as many skills as can be safely performed and the remainder will take place at sites off-campus.

Although live animals will not reside at the college as in semesters past, please note that we are actively exploring opportunities for small groups of students at a time to acquire some hands-on skills in areas such as farm animal and lab animal where it is deemed safe to do so. If available, this opportunity would be for students that are on campus or commuting to campus for labs.

Please reach out to your advisor as soon as possible if this program change will affect your campus living choice or your decision to be entirely online for the semester.

As we all navigate this upcoming school year with its many challenges and opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. We look forward to a safe and productive school year.

Kind regards,

Roda L. Motta, B.S.Ed., CVT

Director of Veterinary Technology Programs

Clinical Instructor

 

 

July, 27 2020:

To: Becker College Community—Please be advised that this email was sent out to Traditional Undergraduate Returning and First-Year & Transfer students, and will be posted in the Student Portal and Canvas.

Dear Students: Please read ALL OF THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS MESSAGE!

REMINDER: Housing Selection Form

  • Returning students: Residence Life is working to ensure our students are housed in the most efficient way possible. To do so, they need to understand your preferences through this survey.  The survey must be completed no later than Thursday, July 30, at 5pm
  • First-year students and transfers: If you did not fill out your housing preference form, please contact Admissions at admissions@becker.edu.

IMPORTANT! Fall 2020 Options: If you haven’t filled out the survey for your living and learning options, please go here: SURVEY    Students will receive a revised bill based on their selection.

 

COVID-19 continues to create a fluid situation, and the College’s reopening plans continue to evolve, based on mandates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the CDC, and public health authorities.

As we wait for students to complete their surveys, it is important to note that the Governor of Massachusetts signed an executive order on Friday, which is effective August 1. The order requires all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents who do not meet an exemption, to either quarantine or provide a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to your arrival.

In direct response to the governor’s order, Becker is requiring the following for students traveling to Massachusetts from states that are not cleared as lower-risk states:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form and submit it. Please be sure to print the submitted form (or take a screen shot) and carry with you as proof of submission. You will need it to be allowed on campus.
    • Produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in the state. You will need to provide proof of a negative test result to be allowed on campus. You have the following options to schedule a COVID-19 test:
      • Search, select, and make an appointment at a testing facility within your state OR
      • Make an appointment at a testing facility within Massachusetts. Please know that you must quarantine away from campus until you receive your test results.
  • If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to your arrival, you must quarantine in the state, away from campus, until you receive a negative test result.

Every student planning to live on campus will receive their housing assignment and instructions for their specific move-in/arrival date (for new students, the two potential move-in dates are Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21) and assigned move-in time block. The College anticipates communicating housing assignments, move-in dates, and time block assignments and check-in instructions to students via their Becker email during early August.

On the date of move-in/arrival to campus, every student from a non-exempt state will be required to provide proof of their Massachusetts Travel Form and proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in order to move onto campus. You will be asked to provide this information at check-in. Failure to submit these documents means you will not be allowed on campus until the required information is furnished to us.

As the College continues to monitor updates, advisories, and mandates from the Commonwealth, please understand that plans for Fall 2020 will be subject to change as needed.

As Becker College works on its plans for Fall 2020, the living and learning experience on campus will be different, and a number of guidelines and protocols will be in place. Healthy Hawk Nation is a commitment made by each member of the Becker College community—called Hawk Nation collectively—to abide by all state, local, and Becker College guidelines to ensure not just their personal safety, but also the health and safety of the entire community.

In support of the Becker College mission and core values, the guiding principles of the Healthy Hawk Nation are:

  • The health and welfare of our entire community—students, faculty, and staff—are of primary concern and importance.
  • By necessity, our decisions will be guided by policies and information from our local, state, and federal officials. We will not set off on a course that deviates from this guidance.
  • We will have contingency plans in place so we can pivot quickly should there be a resurgence of COVID-19.
  • We are committed to ensuring students make meaningful progress towards their educational goals.


Fall Living and Learning Options: Traditional Undergraduate Students

**Students will receive the survey for selecting their options the week of July 20. Students will be able to access the survey through campus email notification, Canvas, and the Student Portal.**

Please know that because the College must make commitments to move forward, changes cannot be made after July 27, 2020.

We are excited to announce that our plan for Fall 2020 provides you, the student, with the choice of determining which educational option best meets your needs for the fall 2020 semester.

The College will be open and teaching in the fall. Becker faculty and staff are committed to supporting you in your learning experience, whether you chose to study on-campus or online. As you start or continue making progress towards earning your Becker degree, you will have access to the following:

  • Academic Support
  • Academic & Career Advising
  • Student Counseling Services
  • Other student services typically provided by Becker personnel

The President and Board of Trustees have authorized a freeze on tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year; therefore, there will be no increase. Tuition pricing for all learning options is the same, and students will be able to maintain their current financial aid. Fees will vary based on the learning option you select.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the College will monitor and adhere to guidelines set by the Commonwealth, the CDC, and public health authorities. Coronavirus remains an active and serious concern, so please know that all plans are subject to change.

FALL 2020 Living and Learning Options  (Traditional Undergraduate Students)

The following applies to all options:

  1. To help inform your decision, please refer to the documents listed at the top of this “Important Information about Fall 2020” page.
  2. Students should not plan on the College shuttle system while making their selection. At this time, we are unable to promise shuttles will be running between campuses. Students who have their own car may travel between campuses.
  3. Your course schedule has been updated in MyBecker. Please refer to your schedule before making your selection. Depending upon which option you select, you may have to contact your advisor to make changes. Please note that meeting times for lab classes are still in the process of being updated to reduce class sizes and increase safety for all. Students taking lab courses may see additional changes to those course meeting times over the next two weeks.
  4. All courses on your schedule are marked either “online” or “hybrid.” Courses marked hybrid will take place in-person, with some course activities being done online. Courses which were changed to “online” have times listed to allow for in-person remote instruction/activities at specific course times.
  5. Most classrooms on campus will have cameras installed to allow for in-person and real-time remote learning to take place at the same time.
  6. Read about “Technology and Online Learning Upgrades” on this page that have been made to ensure the quality of all courses this semester and to help prepare all faculty to teach online and hybrid courses.
  7. Should the College be required to shut down due to issues with COVID-19, all coursework will be remote through the end of the semester. Please refer to the refund policy here.

Below is an explanation of each of the options available to you. Please read them carefully to help inform the decision you will make on the survey.

Option 1: Residential/On Campus

If you choose this option, and you are a returning student:

• Residence Life is working to ensure our students are housed in the most efficient way possible. Students will complete a housing preference form from Residence Life asking your preferences. The housing preference form will be linked in the correspondence that the students will receive and must be completed no later than Thursday, July 30th at 5pm. Students who do not complete the housing preference form will be placed into housing as space allows. Please understand these assignments will be completed very close to the College’s move in date, so please be patient!

If you are a new first year or transfer student:

• You should have already filled out a housing preference form. If you have not done so, please contact admissions@becker.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: The campus shuttle will NOT run the normal schedule at the beginning of the fall semester. Students with cars can move between the campuses. Please take this into consideration when selecting the residence option and in your housing preference request.
Worcester Majors:
Nursing
Business
Applied Computer Science
Interactive Media Design
Graphic Design
Esports Management
Criminal Justice
Legal Studies
Forensic Science
Psychology
Integrated Studies
Sports Management
Leicester Majors:
Exercise Science
Health Science
Animal Studies and all related programs
Biology
Equine Studies

In addition, residence students will:

  • Have access to dining facilities/meal options
  • Have access to campus learning and academic support facilities.
  • Have classes that may be offered face-to-face, online, or as hybrid courses. Based on your class schedule, you may have a mix of the different formats or, in some cases, all your courses may be completely online.
  • Enjoy student activities and social programs in a variety of formats.

Please click here for Student Account information.

If you choose this option, you agree to abide by all College “Health and Safety Protocols” on this page.   

Option 2: Commuter Option

If you choose this option, you will:
• Commute to campus to attend classes.
• Have access to dining facilities/meal options.
• Have access to campus learning and academic support facilities.
• Have classes that may be offered face-to-face, online, or as hybrid courses. Based on your class schedule, you may have a mix of the different formats or, in some cases, all your courses may be completely online.
• Enjoy student activities and social programs in a variety of formats.

Please click here for Student Account information.

If you choose this option, you agree to abide by all College “Health and Safety Protocols” on this page.
Option 3: Online Option

NOTE: While many courses have been made available online for the Fall 2020 semester, some courses in certain academic programs, including Nursing and Veterinary Technology, will not be available online. Students should check their schedules in MyBecker to see if courses they need are offered online and work with their advisor to make the necessary adjustments to their schedules.

If you choose this option, you will:
• Live off campus.
• Take all your classes online.
• Have virtual access to campus learning, academic advising, and academic support services.
• Enjoy student activities and social programs virtually.

Please click here for Student Account information.

To NOTE: Online students are not allowed on campus at any time. Every interaction must be through electronic and phone communication.

For questions or more information, please contact the following:

• New first year and transfer students, Contact Admissions at admissions@becker.edu
• Returning students: Contact your advisor.

Commencement Update


Massachusetts Travel Advisory

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued an Executive Order for individuals traveling to Massachusetts. Starting on August 1, anyone arriving or returning to Massachusetts must quarantine for 14 days unless they:

  • Are coming from a lower-risk state. This currently includes New England states (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont), New York, New Jersey, or Hawaii. Please be advised to check this list frequently for updates should you be traveling out of or into Massachusetts.

OR

  • Can produce, on request, proof of negative viral RT-PCR SARSCoV2 test* result from a test administered on a sample taken within 72 hours before arrival in Massachusetts.

OR

Additionally, travelers must fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form. This form will help contact tracing efforts in the event you or a close contact contract COVID-19.

*About the PCR Molecular Test: After consulting with local public health authorities, Becker College learned that the required test for travelers, as set by the Governor’s office and the Commonwealth, is the PCR molecular test.  Rapid antigen testing will not replace the PCR. Rapid testing is not an acceptable format due to lower test reliability and accuracy, according to the Department of Public Health.

Travelers Who Meet the 72-Hour COVID Test Rule

Travelers are exempt from the quarantine requirement if they have received a negative result from a COVID-19 test based on a sample obtained not longer than 72 hours before their arrival in Massachusetts.  A traveler relying on the 72-hour test rule must be prepared to provide proof of the negative test result on request.  Each student’s test needs to be verified by Becker during check in to campus, to be sure it is a PCR test result. Rapid testing is not a substitute for the PCR.

Individuals who receive a positive COVID-19 test result from an antigen test or an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test are instructed to isolate in their home state.

Tests that are acceptable to satisfy the 72-hour test rule are limited to a negative result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts. Results of antibody (serology) tests are not accepted for this exemption. The current list of FDA EUA approved tests can be found here and here.

Certification of Quarantine

Becker College has developed a Certification of Quarantine form, which families are required to complete. This certifies they have quarantined in a low-risk (low-risk state as defined by and listed at www.mass.gov/traveler) for 14 days prior to arriving on campus. This will allow any families who cannot test, but who can get to a low-risk state for 14 days to self-quarantine, to complete this form—along with the MA travel form—and submit both to us upon arrival on campus. The form will be retained in their student record.

Click here for the Certification of Quarantine form.

A student who cannot quarantine the 14 days and provide the certification form and travel form, or who cannot provide a negative COVID-19 test result on the approved test, will need to select the “all online” learning option. Please contact your advisor to make this change.  

For additional information please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order


Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols

The key components of the Healthy Hawk Nation Plan include, but are not limited to:

  • Wearing a mask/face covering: On May 6, Massachusetts issued an order requiring face coverings in all public places and common areas—both indoors and outdoors—where social distancing is not possible. This includes all College facilities (classrooms, dining halls, residence halls outside the students’ rooms, labs, libraries, and so on) as well as in outdoor common areas. This order applies to everyone. The wearing of mask/face covering will be strictly enforced. In the rare instances for those who cannot wear a mask/face covering due to a medical or psychiatric condition, please contact Student Health Services at nurse@becker.edu. The College will give each student two face masks upon arrival to campus at the start of the semester. Students are expected to obtain and properly care for their own additional face coverings as needed throughout the semester.
  • Social distancing: Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means keeping space between you and other people outside your home, in residence halls and classrooms, and in common areas. Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In addition, universal social distancing is critical to protecting everyone. Masks/face coverings DO NOT eliminate the need for social distancing. Always remain a minimum of 6 feet (approximately two arms’ length) from other people. Avoid large gatherings, respect physical distancing from those who are older, and modify interpersonal interactions. This includes all indoor and outdoor spaces, including walkways. Please observe all directional and physical distancing signage on campus at all times.
  • De-densification: Classrooms, labs, and residence hall occupancy will be limited to ensure social distancing protocols can be followed.
  • Practicing good hygiene: Good, basic hygiene is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 as well as other viruses. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cough/sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve. Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Protecting others: Please review the symptoms of COVID-19: Symptoms of COVID-19.
    • The College is reviewing several apps which will help students, faculty, and staff complete a daily wellness check, and include important information about COVID-19 and campus resources and policies. More information will follow.
    • If you feel sick, or experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT come to campus—stay home—or stay in your residence hall room and call Student Health Services immediately.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms began or after a positive test result. In addition, you must remain fever-free for three days without fever-reducing medications and demonstrate symptom resolution. Consult Student Health Services for a telehealth visit to clear you to return to classes. All students who can return home will be required to do so. If a student has a valid reason for not returning home because of high family risk or home is too far away, Becker will provide the appropriate accommodations on campus.
    • If you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will have to quarantine for two weeks. All students who can return home will be required to do so. If a student has a valid reason for not returning home because of high family risk or home is too far away, Becker will provide the appropriate accommodations on campus.

Students who isolate or quarantine on campus will receive a daily telehealth check-in and delivered meals. All courses will be online for the duration of the student’s isolation or quarantine.

  • Flu vaccine: We encourage and highly recommend all members of the Becker community receive a flu vaccine in mid-September and no later than the end of October. Symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 can be very similar. We are hopeful the health and safety protocols put in place for COVID-19 will help minimize the instances of seasonal influenza on campus, although unfortunately that is not guaranteed. The vaccine will be available through the campus flu clinic, local pharmacies, and your physician.
  • Testing and contact tracing: The College is exploring options for testing and contact tracing. More information to follow.
  • Re-entry to campus: We ask that students be mindful that every re-entry to campus raises the risk level for the entire community. Whenever you venture off-campus, both as a commuter and resident student, it is vital to follow the above health and safety guidelines.
  • Compliance: Students, faculty, and staff will be expected to comply with all policies and protocols and to follow the guidelines on all posted campus signage. It is essential that we work together to reduce the spread of COVID19 infection and promote the health and safety of the Becker community. Those who refuse to comply with the guidelines above may be subject to loss of on campus privileges immediately and will not be granted any type of credit or refund.

 

The following CDC resources provide important information:

 


Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: Should there be a resurgence of COVID-19, Becker College will respond immediately—as we did in the spring—by moving to remote learning and asking students to move out of residence halls. Accommodations will be made for those who cannot leave campus.

Academics

Q: Where can I find the academic calendar?

A: Click here for the academic calendar.

Q: Can I make changes to my course schedule? Who do I contact? When is the last day I can make changes?

A: You may make changes to your course schedule by contacting your advisor. Changes can be made to your schedule until the end of the Add/Drop period (August 31). However, once you have selected if you will be a residential, commuter, or online student, you may not change that selection, and your course selections will need to be appropriate for the type of student you are this semester.

Exception: Veterinary Technology and Nursing students may change their previous selection to online only until August 14, given recent changes in how those programs will run for the fall. Contact your advisor to change your selection.

Q: What if I want online and some of my classes are listed as on campus?

A: While many more courses are offered online than usual this semester, not all courses will be taught online. Changes have been made in Veterinary Technology and Nursing programs that will help to accommodate more online options. Fully online students will need to adjust their schedule and may not be able to take all the same courses they originally planned to take. Questions about how this impacts your plan and timeline to graduation should be discussed with your advisor.

Q: How will Nursing students do their clinical placements in the fall?

A: Nursing will be utilizing an online simulation product, vClinical NurseThink, https://nursethink.com/vclinical, which is approved by both ACEN and BORN (our accrediting and regulatory bodies) to supplement clinical. Because of this, Nursing students who need or want to be fully online now may do so. If you are a Nursing student interested in online only, you should contact your advisor and Lindsay Guertin, Clinical Liaison, at Lindsay.guertin@becker.edu.

Q: Will Becker College house program animals on campus for the animal studies majors?

A: The very difficult decision has been made not to house program animals on campus this semester. Having live animals on campus poses additional exposure risks. Safely implementing physical distancing requirements while performing animal husbandry, restraint, or many medical procedures is not feasible in large numbers. Safety is our number one priority.

Q: Will the Becker Veterinary Clinic be operating in the Fall 2020 semester?

A: The Lenfest Animal Health Clinic will not be open to the public after August 14. However, the facilities will still be used for lecture and hands-on labs that do not involve live animals and where physical distancing is still possible.

Q: Will live animals be used in any labs on campus this semester?

A: Although live animals will not reside at the College as in past semesters, please note that we are actively exploring opportunities for small groups of students at a time to acquire some hands-on skills in areas such as farm animal and lab animal, where it is deemed safe to do so. If available, this opportunity would be for students who are on campus or commuting to campus for labs.

Q:  If a student chooses to be a resident student in the survey and now all classes are online or are available online, will they need to change their selection to online only and lose resident housing?

A: No, they can keep their choice as a resident student, and keep their housing. They should contact the Business Office regarding differences in fees.

Q: I want to live on campus, but my schedule says all my classes will be online. Can I change classes?

A: Yes, you can change your schedule if course sections are available that are appropriate for your program of study. Students with all online courses may still choose to live on campus.

Q: How will the online experience be different in the fall than it was in the spring?

A: Many preparations have been made to provide students with a high-quality online learning experience in the fall semester. (Please refer to the “Technology and Online Upgrades” on this page). The College received a grant that has allowed us to purchase new software tools that will help make online courses more engaging and interactive and make greater use of multimedia. Faculty are receiving training this summer to help prepare them to use these new tools as well as to ensure they are knowledgeable in the best practices associated with teaching online.

Q: There was a letter that said that I could be entirely remote as a vet tech student. Is this the best option?

A: The option to be entirely remote is available to vet tech students. However, this option should only be used if absolutely needed, due to the inability to come to campus due to COVID-19. If you are not on campus, there will not be the same opportunities to acquire hands-on skills that will still be provided by our staff on campus. Labs will still be run on campus and will focus on knowledge as well as required hands-on skills that are needed for graduation. On- campus learning is still the best option for students who are able to attend.

Q: How can I reach my advisor?

A: You can reach your advisor by signing into Starfish to schedule an appointment or, after classes begin, go to Bullock/CCEA (Center for Career Education & Advising, Worcester Campus) or the Fuller Campus Center/CCEA, Leicester Campus as a drop-in to meet with an advisor, or you can email your advisor to schedule a meeting.

Q: How do I know who my advisor is?

A: Your advisor should have already reached out to you at some point during the summer. Should your appointed advisor change, or you decide on a change of major, your new advisor will reach out to schedule a time so that the two of you can become acquainted.

Q: What if I don’t know who my advisor is?

A: If you are unclear as to who your advisor is, please email the Center for Career Education & Advising at: ccea@becker.edu.

Q: How do I access accommodations through the CLC for disability services?

A: If you require access to academic accommodations, please contact Brenda Hackett at brenda.hackett@becker.edu. You can also access information regarding Disability Services on our web page or by calling 774-354-0654 or 508-373-9704.

Q: Will I be able to access CLC tutoring and other services with any option?

A: Yes, we will be providing in person and online tutoring sessions throughout the semester. You can sign up for tutoring by contacting the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) at clc@becker.edu. You can also call 508-373-9704 to make an appointment, come to the tutoring center in person at 64 William St. (Linden Hall, Worcester Campus), or go to the student portal or CLC web page and find an appointment by using TutorTrac. We also have 24-hour access to Tutor.com for all students, which can also be found in the Student Portal and on Canvas.
Bookstore

Q: Will the bookstore be open on campus? Will all books be ordered online?

A: The Bookstore will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm, and Friday 10 am-1 pm. It will be closed on Monday, Sept 7, for Labor Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a very limited number of students are allowed in the store at one time. If you must come to the store, please plan for up to a 15-20 minute wait. All customers entering the store must wear a mask/face covering.
In order to minimize the risk to students and to reduce wait times, we are encouraging all students to place book orders through our website. All books and course-related supplies can be purchased through the site. We have made financial aid available as a payment method online to make the ordering process easier for all students. If you are a Leicester Campus student, you can choose to pick up your books in the Leicester mailroom (you will be notified when they are available for pickup). If you are a Worcester Campus student, you can skip the line and pick up your books at the pick-up table located behind the bookstore at 30 Roxbury St. Details on pick-up will be provided in your email once you place an order. Students can also choose to have books shipped to their homes.

Q: How will I purchase my textbooks online?

A: To order books online, go to https://www.bkstr.com/beckerworcesterstore

  • Find the “Get Your Textbooks” section on our homepage. Select “Fall 2020,” and click on “Find Courses.”
  • Select your courses by clicking in the boxes. You can search all your courses at once, or one at a time. When you’ve added your courses, click on “Find Materials.” The site will display any books or supplies needed for your classes. For textbooks, you’ll often have the option to buy and rent print books or purchase a digital copy. Check the box next to the option you want, and click “Add to Cart.”
  • Continue to add your books and supplies to your cart. When you’re done, click the cart icon in the top right corner, and check out. Remember, financial aid is now available as a payment option. You can choose to pickup your packages in Worcester or Leicester by simply checking the appropriate location during checkout.

Q: How do I use financial aid in the Bookstore?

A: Students who have eligible aid will be sent an email the first day that their credit can be used. This email will let you know your available credit balance, and provide a direct link to our website. You may use this link, or simply type our URL right into your browser: https://www.bkstr.com/beckerworcesterstore

Financial aid can be used on books, supplies, and technology.

  • Once you’ve added your books and supplies to your cart, start the checkout process. Log in/create an account and select your delivery method. On the payment tab, you’ll select “Financial Aid.”
  • Enter your student ID number. This is a seven-digit number starting with a “0”.
  • Click “Find Accounts.” It will show your balance and the last day you can make a purchase online. If the site does not bring up an account, please contact the Financial Aid Office to verify or update your balance. Updates will typically be applied within 24 hours.
  • Financial aid can only be used to buy/rent textbooks or purchase course supplies and laptops/tablets. If you put something restricted in the cart, the site will display the “restrictions in bag” message. Click on the “restrictions in bag” link to see which items are not allowed to be purchased with financial aid. At that point, you can choose to pay for the restricted items with a credit card/Paypal, or remove them from the cart.
  • If there are no restrictions, simply check the box next to “Please agree to Financial Aid Terms/Conditions,” and click on “Pay with this.” Follow the prompts to complete the checkout process.

 

Athletics
Q: Will there be intercollegiate athletics in the fall?

A: Following the decision by the NECC and maintaining our commitment to the health and safety of our community, there will be no intercollegiate athletic competition in the fall semester. You can read this update here.

Q: If there aren’t intercollegiate athletics, how will I stay connected to my coach and team?

A: There will be team practices, strength and conditioning sessions, and community service opportunities.

 

Dining Services

Q: What will dining options be for the fall?

A: The dining halls will be open serving all meals in “to go” disposable containers. Stations include the Grill, Pizza, Entrée, Vegan, or Vegetarian options. The salad bar will consist of pre-packaged garden salads and special salads of the day. Desserts and deli options will also be pre-packaged and feature specials of the day. Seating in the dining halls will be limited at the beginning of the semester and until indoor gathering limits change. Residence students are encouraged to return to their hall to dine.

In addition, The Hawks Nest and Coffee Shop will offer the most popular items, including sandwiches, salads, snacks, candy, and beverages. Students will be able to order online through an app called BOOST. It is highly encouraged that orders be placed through the BOOST app so orders can be assembled and ready for pick up to minimize wait times. There will be no entry into the Hawks Nest serving area—only a pick-up point.

Q: Do I have to have a meal plan if I am a residence student?

A: All residence students are required to be on a meal plan. Accommodations can be made on a case-by-case basis. The accommodation request information can be found here.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Q: Why is tuition the same for all three options?

A: Becker College is traditionally a campus-based learning institution with online options. Institutions that are always completely online or have a large online presence have different systems in place for instructional design and technology that impact their pricing differently than a college such as Becker. Despite what many assume, it is not less expensive or involve less work to deliver online instruction. The costs of teaching remain the same and with added levels of complexity as we prepare for all courses to be online and hybrid. Please note: Becker College did not raise tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year, and the annual Comprehensive Fee has been cut 76% for residence and commuter students.

Q: Why is the Comprehensive Fee different for the online option?

A: As a residence or commuter student, you have access to in-person services and activities that our online students will not. Virtual experiences for online students will be available and can be just as effective; however, we recognize that there are distinct differences and have taken that into account with the pricing for the Comprehensive Fee. Please note: Becker College did not raise tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year and the annual Comprehensive Fee has been cut 87% for online students.

Q: Will I lose my aid, grants, or scholarships with any of the options?

A: No. Merit and need-based financial aid are grants provided by Becker College and will remain the same. Any differences may be due to changes in circumstances as documented in the student’s FASFA form. As long as the student remains full-time, they will receive their full PELL, Direct loans, and state grants.

Q: What if the College has to shut down and move to completely online. Will I get my money back?

A: The College will still be open and faculty will be teaching, so there will not be any refunds of tuition. The College will follow established policies regarding refunds which correspond to Federal Financial Aid guidelines. For more information, go to this page.

 

Counseling

Q. Will there be mental health counseling and psychiatric medication management services counseling available? How do I get an appointment or access the clinicians?

A: Mental health counseling and psychiatric medication management services will be available through telehealth using the HIPAA compliant platform of DOXY.ME. To make an appointment, we prefer that you go online to https://www.becker.edu/student-life/student-support/counseling/. This will provide you with an opportunity to let us know your best availability.

Students can always call the Counseling Services office directly, at 508-373-9551.

If you are attending Becker College solely online, and are living out of state, this may affect your ability to access Becker College Counseling Services due to licensing and regulatory requirements and standards. In this instance, consultation to obtain other appropriate services will be provided.

Health and Safety

Q: Will I have to be tested before I arrive for housing or classes?

A: We are continuing to investigate options for testing and will update this section accordingly.

Q: Will testing be offered on campus?

A: We are continuing to investigate options for testing and will update this section accordingly.

Q: Who do I call if I feel sick?

A: Students should contact Student Health Services if they feel sick or if they suspect they have symptoms related to COVID 19.

Q; Will there be a health services office in Worcester?

A: Yes, we are working on preparing that location.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

A: The CDC webpage provides additional information. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC continues to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.

Q: What precautions will be in place on campus?

A: We will require that everyone on campus—students, faculty, staff, and vendors and contractors—follow the safety protocols we have established. These protocols include, but are not limited to, the following: wearing masks/face coverings at all times when you are outside your room; maintaining a safe physical distance of at least six feet; never congregating in groups larger than a specified number, as determined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, not receiving guests on campus, not moving furniture arrangements that have been set up in common areas, and ensuring others follow these protocols. It is vital to follow these guidelines to ensure the safety and welfare of all.

Q: What happens if I test positive?

A: If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms began or after a positive test result. In addition, you must remain fever-free for three days without fever-reducing medications and demonstrate symptom resolution. Consult Student Health Services for a telehealth visit to clear you to return to classes. NOTE: All students who can return home will be required to do so. If a student has a valid reason for not returning home because of high family risk or if their home is too far away, Becker will provide the appropriate accommodations on campus.

Q: What happens if I am exposed to a person who tests positive?

A: If you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the student will have to quarantine for two weeks. All students who can return home will be required to do so. If a student has a valid reason for not returning home because of high family risk or home is too far away, Becker will provide the appropriate accommodations on campus.

Students who isolate or quarantine on campus will receive a daily telehealth check-in and delivered meals. All courses will be online for the duration of the student’s isolation or quarantine.

Q: What precautions will be taken in the classrooms?

A: Classroom density will be reduced according to physical distancing guidelines. Masks will be required in every classroom and lab. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be available in the classrooms. Classrooms will be cleaned according to a schedule set up by our facilities provider, SSC. All SSC personnel are trained in appropriate protocols for COVID-19 specific cleaning.

Q: What are the cleaning protocols on campus? Are the facilities staff trained in how to clean for COVID-19?

A: Housekeeping and facilities will be performing daily cleaning and increased frequency cleaning of all high touch surfaces. Cleaning staff will use antiviral cleaning supplies that meet CDC regulations.

Q: Is the College’s contracted facilities cleaning provider validated by a third-party industrial hygiene service?

A: SSC is a member of the Compass Group North America family of support service companies. This sector has over $1 billion in annual revenue and supports its own subject matter experts in safety, work processes, and industrial hygiene. All standard operating procedures (SOPs) go through a rigorous review process before being rolled out to the field. Extensive recordkeeping is part of normal site operations, in compliance with state and federal regulations. They are audited on a regular basis by Ecosure, an Ecolab company. This audit covers topics including the use of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), proper labeling, use of PPE, SOPs, cleanliness, emergency exit signs, and more. Results of these audits are shared with senior management, and any recommended corrective action is taken immediately.

Q: What MEP measures are being taken campus-wide?

A: In consultation with Becker College, SSC has created a more aggressive schedule of filter changes while increasing the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) filtration rating to the maximum specification of the manufacturer. They have also adjusted certain HVAC systems to provide greater air exchange (up to 100% make-up air) where possible. Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization technology is present on both the Leicester and Worcester campuses in areas where students may be quarantined. For buildings where installed technologies are not feasible, SSC has increased cleaning frequencies, particularly in high-touch areas. These cleaning frequencies, using EPA-approved disinfectants, are based on CDC guidelines, risk, and other considerations. They have introduced the use of daily electrostatic sprayers in all classrooms, restrooms, and high-touch areas (electrostatic sprayers work by positively charging liquids that actively seek out and stick to environmental surfaces. This results in disinfecting hard-to-reach areas that manual cleaning can miss or be hard to reach). Current cleaning and disinfecting operations continue as currently scheduled with additional “day portering” to wipe down high-touch surfaces. SSC also provides disinfectant and wipes/paper towels in each classroom if students prefer supplemental disinfection.

 

Q: What PPE and cleaning supplies will Becker provide?

A: Becker will provide every student, faculty, and staff member with two cloth masks to begin the academic year. Everyone is expected to obtain and properly care for their own additional mask/face coverings as needed throughout the semester.

Shuttle Service

Q: Will there be shuttle service on campus?

A: The shuttle will not run the normal schedule at the beginning of the fall semester. Students are urged to limit travel between campuses. Exceptions may be made for coursework/fieldwork which requires transportation and will be arranged through the faculty and the transportation coordinator. Should circumstances with COVID 19 improve, we may be able to accommodate adding trips between the campuses; however, we cannot guarantee that will be the case. Students can move between the two campuses in their personal vehicles.

Fitness Centers, Gymnasium, and Athletic Field

Q: Will students be able to use the fitness centers on campus?

A: Yes, the plan is for students to use the fitness centers on campus with appropriate cleaning protocols. Hours will be posted at the fitness center.

Q: Will the gym be open for recreation? 

A: The gym may be used for large group instruction, activities, and programs which are sponsored by faculty or staff and by reserving the space accordingly. At this time, we do not anticipate leaving the gym open for informal play.

Q: What health and fitness activities will be available on campus and virtually?

A: There will be opportunities for health and fitness classes in appropriately sized spaces and with cleaning protocols.

Library (Learning Commons)

Q: Will I be able to use the libraries on both campuses?

A: Yes, both the Ruska Learning Commons (Worcester Campus) and Swan Learning Commons (Leicester Campus) will be open. For hours of operation, please visit https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-resources/libraries/ The wearing of masks/face coverings and social distancing protocols will be in place, which will limit the number of students allowed in the libraries at any given time and serve to de-densify study carrels and common areas.

Gathering Spaces/Common Areas

Q: Will groups be able to gather on campus? How many people? Inside or outside?

A: The College will follow the Commonwealth of Massachusetts re-opening guidelines for occupancy, indoors and outdoors, for gatherings. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

Q: What spaces have changed because of distancing requirements?

A: All common area spaces, including in dining halls, the Hawks Nest, lounges, and residence hall common areas have been reconfigured or the furniture removed to accommodate for Massachusetts regulations on social and physical distancing.

Q: What will be allowed in the residence halls?

A: One person may be in the kitchen at a time. Each student must clean up after themselves and wash their dishes immediately after use. Common areas will not be in use at the beginning of the Fall semester. This may change if the Commonwealth’s guidance is updated.

 

Social Programs/Clubs and Organizations

Q: Will Registered Student Organizations and clubs be allowed to function in the fall?

A: Yes, clubs and Registered Student Organizations will be allowed to meet in appropriately sized groups, with proper social distancing and mask protocols, and encouraged to continue with small in- person and virtual meetings and programs.

Q: Can social activities and programs happen on campus? In the residence halls? Campus Center?

A: Any social program must be approved ahead of time by the appropriate manager on campus and include social and physical distancing, wearing mask/facial covering, and cleaning protocols. Staff must be present at activities on campus. Residence Life will manage programming within the halls and will follow all guidelines.

 

Residence Halls

Q: When will I get my housing assignment?

A: Students will receive housing assignments at the beginning of August.

Q: Can I change rooms during the semester?

A: No, room changes will not be allowed during the fall semester.

Q: What kinds of spaces are there on campus? Can I have a roommate?

A: Housing options have been reconfigured into single and double rooms. Apartments will be standard capacity of three students. Students should discuss their requests for roommates with Residence Life.

Q: When will we be able to move in?

A: Returning students will move in on August 18 and August 19. New students will move in on August 20 and August 21. Residence Life will send students their assigned move-in date and time.

Q: Can I have guests in the residence halls?

A: No guests will be allowed. We are working on a plan for scheduled family visits.

Q: What are the cleaning protocols for the residence halls?

A: Common areas will be cleaned daily. Students living in apartments are responsible for cleaning their own spaces, including bathrooms.

Q: Can we gather in the common areas and kitchens?

A: One person may be in the kitchen at a time. Each student must clean up after themselves and wash their dishes immediately after use. Common areas will not be in use at the beginning of the Fall semester. However, this may shift if state guidance changes.

Q: Will I get a refund if the College must move to remote teaching due to COVID challenges?

A: The College will follow the established policies and process for refunds which correspond to Financial Aid guidelines and can be located here.


FAQ, School of Graduate & Professional Studies

NOTE: Should there be a resurgence of COVID-19, Becker College will respond immediately—as we did in the spring—by moving to remote learning.

Q:  Will classes for students in the School of Graduate & Professional Studies be offered on campus this fall?

A:  Undergraduate/Professional Studies courses will be offered on campus and online in the fall. You can discuss what options work best for you with your academic advisors. Advisors are available to you by email, phone or Zoom sessions.

Graduate classes will be held on campus.  Please contact your graduate advisor if you have any questions.

Q: When will the fall semester start?

A:  The fall semester classes will begin on Monday, August 24, 2020, and end on December 5, 2020. The MA in Mental Health Counseling New Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 12, from 5:30-7:30 pm. The MFA in Interactive Media students will have residency week from August 17-21, 2020.

Q: What precautions will be in place on campus? 

A:  As Becker College works on its plans for Fall 2020, the living and learning experience on campus will be different, and a number of guidelines and protocols will be in place. Healthy Hawk Nation is a commitment made by each member of the Becker College community to abide by all state, local, and Becker College guidelines to ensure not just their personal safety, but also the health and safety of the entire community.

We will require that everyone on campus—students, faculty, staff, and vendors and contractors—follow the safety protocols we have established. These protocols include, but are not limited to, the following: wearing masks/face coverings at all times; maintaining a safe physical distance of at least six feet; never congregating in groups larger than a specified number, as determined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, not receiving guests on campus, not moving furniture arrangements that have been set up in common areas, and ensuring others follow these protocols. It is vital to follow these guidelines to ensure the safety and welfare of all.

Q: What happens if I test positive? 

A: If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate for two weeks and until you test negative before returning to campus.

Q: What precautions will be taken in the classrooms?

A: Classroom density will be reduced according to physical distancing guidelines. Masks will be required in every classroom and lab. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be available in the classrooms. Classrooms will be cleaned according to a schedule set up by our facilities provider, SSC. All SSC personnel are trained in appropriate protocols for COVID-19 specific cleaning.

Q: What are the cleaning protocols on campus? Are the facilities staff trained in how to clean for COVID-19.? 

A: Housekeeping and facilities will be performing daily cleaning and increased frequency cleaning of all high-touch surfaces. Cleaning staff will use antiviral cleaning supplies that meet CDC regulations.

Q: What PPE and cleaning supplies will Becker provide?  

A: Becker will provide every student, faculty, and staff with two cloth masks to begin the academic year. Everyone is expected to obtain and properly care for their own additional mask/face covering as needed throughout the semester.

Q: Will the bookstore be open on campus?

A: The Bookstore will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm, and Friday 10 am-1 pm. It will be closed on Monday, Sept 7, for Labor Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a very limited number of students are allowed in the store at one time. If you must come to the store, please plan for up to a 15-20 minute wait. All customers entering the store must wear a mask/face covering.

Q: How can I purchase my textbooks online?

A: To order books online, go to https://www.bkstr.com/beckerworcesterstore

  • Find the “Get Your Textbooks” section on our homepage. Select “Fall 2020,” and click on “Find Courses.”
  • Select your courses by clicking in the boxes. You can search all your courses at once, or one at a time. When you’ve added your courses, click on “Find Materials.” The site will display any books or supplies needed for your classes. For textbooks, you’ll often have the option to buy and rent print books or purchase a digital copy. Check the box next to the option you want, and click “Add to Cart.”
  • Continue to add your books and supplies to your cart. When you’re done, click the cart icon in the top right corner, and check out. Remember, financial aid is now available as a payment option. You can choose to pickup your packages in Worcester or Leicester by simply checking the appropriate location during checkout.

Q: How do I use financial aid in the bookstore?

A: Students who have eligible aid will be sent an email the first day that their credit can be used. This email will let you know your available credit balance, and provide a direct link to our website. You may use this link, or simply type our URL right into your browser: https://www.bkstr.com/beckerworcesterstore

Financial aid can be used on books, supplies, and technology.

  • Once you’ve added your books and supplies to your cart, start the checkout process. Log in/create an account and select your delivery method. On the payment tab, you’ll select “FinancialAid.”
  • Enter your student ID number. This is a seven-digit number starting with a “0”.
  • Click “Find Accounts.” It will show your balance and the last day you can make a purchase online. If the site does not bring up an account, please contact the Financial Aid Office to verify or update your balance. Updates will typically be applied within 24 hours.
  • Financial aid can only be used to buy/rent textbooks or purchase course supplies and laptops/tablets. If you put something restricted in the cart, the site will display the “restrictions in bag” message. Click on the “restrictions in bag” link to see which items are not allowed to be purchased with financial aid. At that point, you can choose to pay for the restricted items with a credit card/Paypal, or remove them from the cart.
  • If there are no restrictions, simply check the box next to “Please agree to FinancialAid Terms/Conditions,” and click on “Pay with this.” Follow the prompts to complete the checkout process.
  • If you are a Leicester Campus student, you can choose to pick up your books in the Leicester mailroom (you will be notified when they are available for pickup). If you are a Worcester Campus student, you can skip the line and pick up your books at the pick-up table located behind the bookstore at 30 Roxbury St. Details on pick-up will be provided in your email once you place an order. Students can also choose to have books shipped to their homes.

Q:  Will tutoring support be available?

A: Yes, you can access 24/7 live help through Tutor.com, which can be found in Canvas for every course or on the Student Portal.  The Collaborative Learning Center will also continue to provide in-person and online tutoring sessions throughout the semester. You can sign up for tutoring by contacting the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) at clc@becker.edu. You can also call 508-373-9704 to make an appointment, come to the tutoring center in person at 64 William St. (Linden Hall), or go to the student portal or CLC web page and find an appointment by using TutorTrac.

Q:  Will I be able to use computers on campus?

A:  Yes, computer labs for student use will be available on both the Worcester and Leicester campuses.

Q: Will I be able to use the libraries on both campuses? 

A: Yes, both the Ruska Learning Commons (Worcester Campus) and Swan Learning Commons (Leicester Campus) will be open. For hours of operation, please isit https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-resources/libraries/ The wearing of masks/face coverings and social distancing protocols will be in place, which will limit the number of students allowed in the libraries at any given time and serve to de-densify study carrels and common areas.

Q: Will the Hawks Nest be open?

A: The Hawks Nest will offer the most popular items, including sandwiches, salads, snacks, candy and beverages.  Students will be able to order online through an app called BOOST.  It is highly encouraged that orders be placed through the BOOST app so orders can be assembled and ready for pick up to minimize wait times.  There will be no entry into the Hawks Nest serving area-only a pick-up point.

 


Technology and Online Learning Updates

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the spring and the abrupt transition to remote learning, the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (TLT) at Becker College has spent the summer with faculty to enhance remote teaching and learning in preparation for the fall.

The TLT has been implementing changes to accommodate faculty and students taking part in online and hybrid learning experiences, and has created and beginning to implement pedagogical training on the following topics:

  • Leveraging the Canvas LMS
  • Maximizing Learning Strategies for Instructional Success
  • Engaging Students in Course Content
  • Teacher Presence Online
  • Planning & Facilitating Effective Discussions and Course Assessment Online
  • Accessibility, Equity, and Inclusion

The TLT has developed these faculty training courses to help faculty make their courses more interactive and engaging, as well as to provide assistance in adhering to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to ensure accessibility, equity, and inclusion in courses. Faculty training courses are being held online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. The TLT is working with faculty to train some to be faculty peer mentors so they may assist their colleagues with new teaching strategies and tools.

In addition to Becker-designed and delivered trainings, TLT has partnered with Microsoft Education Group (Natick, MA) to facilitate training for all Becker faculty and students through the summer and fall on all of its platforms. Current technology platforms are being leveraged to their fullest potential. This will help ensure Microsoft 365 is fully leveraged and faculty are prepared to use the various capabilities of Microsoft Teams, especially video conferencing.

Traditionally, online learning can be very text heavy. Students often must do a lot more reading and writing than if they were to take a face-to-face course. This is why it was important to adopt new technologies that would allow the College to bring all types of media into online classrooms. New technology tools have been implemented to make online courses more interactive and engaging.

  • Harmonize is asynchronous discussion tool that allows for embedded pictures, video, and audio recording in the discussion itself. Students and instructors will have the ability to utilize this option. In addition, there are many other options when posting, including writing computer code within an online discussion, which can be very useful for Interactive Media and Computer Science students.
  • Canvas Studio is an embedded screencast tool in Canvas. Students and instructors will be able to record, upload, post, edit, etc., all of their videos with this tool. This tool will allow for seamless video interactions with important capabilities such as auto-captioning while simplifying the video upload process.
  • Portfolium is an eportfolio community integrated into Canvas that will connect Becker students, past and present, with faculty, staff, and potential employers for networking. It also has features that will assist the College with assessment efforts.
  • Kahoot! is a quizzing platform intended to increase student participation through gamification. It enables faculty to “see” that all students are actively participating in live online class sessions. By stopping the lecture to ask questions using Kahoot!, faculty can use the data analytics to get a sense of how all students are doing understanding the material. This allows a faculty member to intervene at earlier stage if it doesn’t look like students are understanding the course material.

Amber L. Vaill, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs

Therese Ajtum-Roberts, Ed.D., Director of Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Download the Technology and Online Learning Updates PDF

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