Information Technology

In the event of a campus closure due to weather, or some other emergency, such as COVID-19, Academic Technology curated the resources below for students to assist them in continuing their coursework remotely. It is recommended to review computer and browser specifications for Canvas.

Activate your Office 365 Account for Canvas Access

All students must activate their Office 365 account first in order to access their Canvas courses. Students sign in to Canvas with their MyColumbiaID@colum.edu and Office 365 password. This is the same login information used to access Office 365. 
 
If you haven’t already, activate your Office 365 account by following these instructions or watching this video. If you need help, please contact Client Services at 312-369-7001 or clientservices@colum.edu. 
 
Note: you will also use your Office 365 username and password to check your email and for other learning-at-home apps, such as Zoom and Adobe Creative Cloud.  
 
Please note: The college sends important updates to your Office 365 email. Please check your @colum.edu email regularly to receive important college updates. Note: With the switch to Office 365 during the Fall 2019 semester, the college no longer sends communications to loopmail, the former email address that ended in @loop.colum.edu. 

Quick Links to Remote Resources Below

Student Checklist for Remote Learning

Students may use the checklist below to ensure they are ready for remote learning. 

Student Checklist for Remote Learning.

Access Free Xfinity Wireless Hotspots

Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Download the Canvas Student Application on Mobile Devices

In addition to working on Canvas through laptop and desktop computers, it is encouraged to download the Canvas Student Application from a mobile device to provide access to courses remotely. Students can communicate with their instructors, submit assignments, post to discussion forums, view course content, and check their grades from the app. Students can also receive help for Canvas through Canvas Support, which is available 24/7 through the help icon within Canvas. Academic Technology may also be reached for assistance at canvaslms@colum.edu.

Receive Communications from Instructors

Canvas offers multiple channels to for students and instructors to communicate. Instructors may use announcements to post important updates or course information. The Canvas Inbox tool may also be used by an instructor to send students messages. Students may also use this tool to reach their instructors or fellow classmates.  All Canvas courses have a built-in chat tool that will allow students to chat with their whole class and instructors. Please note that chats cannot be limited to specific students and that all students can also access the chat history. 

Students should check their notification preferences to ensure that they receive course announcements and messages to their email address. 

Microsoft Teams can also be used to video chat with instructors and fellow students. Microsoft Teams is available within your Office 365 account with the college. To learn more about Teams, you may view a Teams training page as well as a LinkedIn Learning course. 

Submit Assignments and Discussions 

Instructors may use discussion forums as a way for the class to interact with each other and submit work on Canvas. Course Assignments may also be submitted online through Canvas. 

Canvas Groups

Canvas has a “Groups” feature available within each course. Instructors may assign students to a group within their course. Groups allows students a space to share files and resources, communicate through announcements, hold discussions, collaborate on documents, and video conference together through Conferences amongst fellow group members. Students may also be submitting assignments as a group or holding group discussions. When submitting group assignments, it is important to know that only one member of the group will need to submit work to the assignment. All students within a given group will share a submission for the group assignment.  

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Access Conferences and Lecture Recordings

Columbia College Chicago has made Zoom Pro accounts available to all faculty, staff, and students.  

Zoom is a video communications tool that allows you to host video conference calls with your students, fellow staff members, and classmates. Features such as screen sharing, white boards, polling, chat, and captioning make Zoom a robust choice for remote communication, collaboration, and online lecture delivery. Zoom is also integrated within each Canvas course, which allows for instructors to schedule meetings directly from their Canvas courses for students to join. 

Signing in to Zoom: You may sign into your Zoom account by clicking on the Zoom link within your Office 365 all applications list, or at https://colum.zoom.us with the same username and password used to access your Office 365 account.  

Creating meetings with Zoom: A help guide has been created to show all users how to create meetings through Zoom. 

Zoom in Canvas: Meeting links to video conferences that are scheduled through Canvas are provided to students through the Canvas calendar and messaging tools. Students may view this help guide to show them how to join Zoom meetings from their Canvas courses.  

Zoom FAQs:

Assistance with Zoom: If you need login assistance, call 312.369.7001, or email clientservices@colum.edu Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Instructors may also use the Conferences tool within a Canvas course to hold live video conferences with their class. Conferences allows participants to share webcams, chat with attendees, and share screens. Conferences can be recorded and viewed for a 14-day period.  

Lectures may also be recorded and posted to a Canvas class through Canvas Studio. Students can refer to their course’s modules to see if an Instructor has made a lecture video available through Canvas Studio. Students may also choose to hold discussions over a Canvas Studio video. 

Microsoft Teams can also be used to video conference with instructors and fellow students. Microsoft Teams is available within your Office 365 account with the college. To learn more about Teams, you may view a Teams training page as well as a LinkedIn Learning course. 

For technical support, call 312.369.7001, or email clientservices@colum.edu Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For support with Chromebooks, Zoom, VDI, and other academic applications and hardware issues please submit a ticket through Team Dynamix.

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