Virtual Learning Student Resources
Nya:wen – miigwetch – thank you for all of your patience as we mobilize the delivery of our final courses for the Spring 2020 academic term through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your cohort’s unique virtual learning plan is grounded in the importance of continued engagement between you, your instructors, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and each other. Even though the way in which we will be delivering is different from our last contact, our approach is still centred in maintaining relationships and how they support teaching, learning and healing in the ways you’ve come to know at FNTI.
Listed below are some resources that you may need to access frequently as you work in your virtual learning environment:
What is virtual learning?
All of your academic classes and interactions with instructors, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and/or FNTI employees will be conducted remotely via online platforms, requiring computer and internet access (access to technical requirements can be facilitated through your student success facilitator).
Virtual classroom management will be led by your assigned student success facilitator, from sign-on, class times, access to recordings, resource sharing and discussion coordination. Some cohorts may be temporarily assigned a new SSF. You can still access/chat with them through this new delivery.
FNTI will be using the digital video conference platform Zoom in order to create an online community for your cohort to connect regularly.
o The platform is enabled to accommodate the presence and engagement of all of your peers, your instructor, cultural advisor and student success facilitator in real time and through recorded sessions.
o Zoom is free to students – you simply join a virtual classroom meeting as created by your student success facilitator. Please consult FNTI’s Zoom User Guide.
o Online videoconferencing allows us an amazing opportunity to connect, but it can be different than working face to face. Please consult FNTI’s Virtual Learning Etiquette Guide to set the foundation for respect and consideration in this new learning environment.
o You will be fully supported in learning how to use this new technology – your assigned SSF has become an expert! The IT help desk is also available to assist you, they even have after hours support! Further information will be provided by your SSF.
Further details surrounding scheduled Zoom participation times will be sent to you by your designated student success facilitator. Please note that your designated SSF may not be the same one as before the pandemic outbreak – it is important that you refer to the communications you will be receiving beginning this week.
While we hope that you will be able to join the scheduled participation times, we recognize that our new reality is not without challenges – child care, community commitments, work schedules, access to technology, etc. We encourage you to connect with your designated student success facilitator to discuss these issues and be reassured of alternate options that will keep you engaged with your classes, and able to complete mandatory assignments, evaluations, etc.
This is a time of learning. We are learning how to manage uncertainties, a new way of life, new realities in our families and communities. Together, we are also learning how to learn virtually. We have taken every step that we can to complete this academic term as seamlessly as possible, without compromising the quality of your education, or the credential that you are earning.
Our programs meet criteria set out by various accrediting bodies, partnering institutions and governmental directives -- we are very proud to say that our virtual learning plans are fully compliant. But, we do recognize that there will be bumps in the road to this new delivery. We are here to support you and your success. Please discuss any concerns directly with your designated student success facilitator. We’d also love to hear of best practices that might also enrich the delivery of our programs for your cohorts and others.
Quick Guide: Student Success Facilitators Course Designations (full details in your FNTI inbox)
Child and Youth Worker
Child and Youth Worker – Peterborough
CAYW 225 & GENE 123
Community Justice Services
Community Justice Services – London
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education Year 1 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Walpole Island
SOC 100 & GED 105
Early Childhood Education – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
ECE 110 & HUM 200
Social Services Worker
Social Services Worker Year 1 – Rama and Sarnia
SSW 103 & HUM 219
Social Service Worker Year 1 – Rama and Oneida
Social Service Worker Year 2 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Orillia
Social Service Worker Year 2 – Cochrane and Sarnia
Mental Health and Addiction Worker
Mental Health and Addiction Worker Year 1 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and London
MHA 113 & MHA 213
Mental Health and Addiction Worker Year 2 – Cochrane and Walpole Island