Faculty: Remote Learning
Welcome to the NVC Remote Learning for faculty webpage. Below you will find valuable resources and information to help facilitate your online teaching experience. Please make sure to monitor your ACES email for updates from the college.
Current Northwest Vista College Employees who are working or teaching this summer or fall semester qualify for loaner laptops and device checkout of other technology equipment.
To obtain an NVC laptop or other device, employees need to fill out the following form and wait to receive notification from Information Technology. An appointment will be set up for technology pick up. Please allow 2 - 3 business days for your request to be processed.
The following form must be filled out BEFORE a laptop loaner or other device is is granted:
Please don't come to the college until you hear back with approval.
You can reach our NVC IT Help Desk line at: (210) 486-4777.
Affordable internet solutions are available.
Programs are available to bridge the digital divide by providing students and employees low-cost internet service.
Alamo Colleges District Police
Non-Emergency / Emergency Numbers
Remote Faculty Toolkit
These are faculty resources for transitioning to remote instruction.
- Teach with Technology Resources
- Creating Videos (Zoom, Power Point, Screencasting)
- Keep Teaching
- Faculty FAQs
Assistance for Students
(Form for Faculty/Staff)
Please use the form linked below for students you identify who may need assistance outside of classroom such as emergency aid, mental health support, case management, etc. This form is for faculty/staff referrals and is not intended for students to self report.
Remote Employee Toolkit
Below are links, documents, and guides to help you as we transition to working remotely. For overall information about COVID-19 go to alamo.edu/coronavirus.
You can find this information also on AlamoShare. Go to the Employee Portal for other available employee services.
NVC Tutors Online
NVC tutors are available to help students through the Brainfuse platform. Students can access Brainfuse from any Canvas course with Brainfuse enabled. Click here to see how to enable Brainfuse in your Canvas course.
If you have questions or would like instructions to post in your Canvas courses, contact Deborah Font at firstname.lastname@example.org
Netiquette, simply defined, means etiquette on the Internet. In an online course, you will be speaking through writing both to fellow students and instructors. It is imperative to communicate well and professionally. The golden rule of netiquette in an online class or environment is, do not do or say online what you would not do or say offline.
- Be friendly, positive and self-reflective. When people cannot see you, and do not know you, feelings can be hurt if you are not careful how you express yourself. Think before you write. Do not respond when you feel angry. Wait. Write it down somewhere and come back to it. When you do, you may find that you no longer feel the same way, after you have had time to reflect. If you still feel the need to be heard, then take time to reread and rewrite it in terms that are easily embraced. When you feel a critique is necessary, express yourself in a positive tone.
- Use proper language and titles. Do not use “text” slang or even profane words in an online education environments they will likely sound offensive to the reader. Leave the characters like smiley faces, and instant message abbreviations out. They may be interpreted as childish or too casual for the online education environment. Do not refer to your professor as "Doc" or by his or her first name, unless it is acceptable with him or her to do so. Do not use caps lock when writing, as it insinuates yelling. Always say please and thank you.
- Use effective communication. This takes practice and thoughtful writing. Try to speak and write clearly at all times. Reread before you respond. Define and restate your words when necessary. Correct a misunderstanding right away. Be mindful of chosen words and joking.
- Ask for clarification. If you are unsure of what was said, or the instructor's directions, or are trying to interpret a person's expressions, then ask again. Do not sit in silence feeling confused or offended. A simple way to do this is to say (or write), "I did not understand...", always keeping the sense of the misunderstanding on yourself.
Zoom Blog Articles
- How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event
- Best Practices for Securing Your Virtual Classroom
The coronavirus outbreak has seen an unprecedented number of people working and learning from home, and one of the tools that is making that possible is Zoom. But if you don't take care, you could find your meetings being gate-crashed or Zoom-bombed, potentially causing havoc and mayhem. (zdnet.com)
UC Berkeley Information Security Office
Frequently Asked Questions
No, classes are not cancelled. They are being conducted remotely.
All classes and services are being held remotely until further notice.
A Flex class should still be able to operate remotely. We recommend students monitor their alamo.edu email for communications from their instructor.
No, all college faculty and staff are working remotely.
We are working with the faculty directly to ensure a seamless transition for students to continue to achieve success in their coursework.
Yes. It currently applies to all of the Alamo Colleges District's locations, including campuses and off-site centers.
Until further notice students should not return to campuses for classes and will be instructed on how to continue classes and receive support remotely.
Yes, the following changes have been made to the commencement:
- Conferring of degrees and certificates WILL NOT be affected. Degrees and certificates will be awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed all requirements of their respective degrees and/or certificates.
- Your Advisor is the main point of contact as you progress through your degree and prepare for graduation (refer to the Advising section of this page for information on how to contact your advisor). Career Services can help you develop a resume and provide tips for interviewing.
- Visit Career Coach to research careers and local jobs that align with your certificate or degree program. You can also access our transfer advising guides to ensure your courses transfer and apply.
- All five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District will be postponing their spring commencement ceremonies until December. Please note that commencement is the actual ceremony rather than degree/certificate earned.
Yes, advisors are available remotely. Please refer to the Advising section of this page for instructions on how to contact your advisor.