NIU official announcement
March 18, 2020
Important FYI: Keep Learning website

Yesterday in her communication to you, Provost Ingram mentioned that NIU's Keep Learning website was in development exclusively to help students adapt to non-face-to-face learning. The site is now live and will be an important resource for students. Below is the communication on the website that went to students today.

Dear Students,

NIU is here to support you as we move to non-face-to-face learning beginning Monday, March 23, and continuing for the rest of the semester. At the center of this effort is NIU's newKeep Learning website, designed as a resource and tool to guide you in this transition to a new learning environment.

Throughout this semester, you'll find updated information on the Keep Learning website about learning remotely, along with solutions that address your academic needs. For starters, we urge you to:

  1. Prioritize your health, and care for your physical and mental well-being.
  2. Stay engaged with your courses, CHECK YOUR EMAILS DAILY and communicate with your instructors regularly.
  3. Familiarize yourself with key tools such as Blackboard and Microsoft Office 365, and make sure you can access these resources on the devices available to you in your current location.

Additionally, the Keep Learning site will point you to strategies and resources and help you get answers to your questions. You'll find information on:

  • Learning tools. The site highlights tools that you're most likely to need and that should be available to you, such as Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft 0365.
  • Internet/technology access. There are computer labs open on campus and available to students. If you're not on campus and need an internet connection, other options are available. Additionally, Keep Learning provides advice on safeguarding yourself online at home.
  • Online learning tips. You'll learn basic principles to help you be successful, such as the importance of communicating with faculty, how to manage your study environment and how to structure your time.
  • Campus resources for getting help. You'll learn how to get help with technical assistance and navigating the transition, as well how to access academic services, such as tutoring or Writing Center assistance. If you have questions and you're not sure who to talk to, start with a visit to Keep Learning.

In addition to the Keep Learning site, we ask that you continue to monitor NIU's Coronavirus Updates website for campus-wide messages, FAQs and other important information.

We recognize that the COVID-19 situation is a significant disruption for you. Our goal, as always, is to continue to provide you with an outstanding educational experience. Please keep in mind, the ability to work remotely is itself an important 21st century skill set that will serve you well in the future.


Omar Ghrayeb
Vice Provost, Undergraduate Studies
Northern Illinois University

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