Updates and Information about VUB’s Response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
There Will be no In-Person Interactions for the Remainder of the Spring Semester.
All of the local post-secondary education institutions have either ceased instruction or have transitioned to online learning. To support the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our staff will not be meeting with people in person, but will provide support over the phone or through the Zoom virtual conferencing software.
What is Zoom?
ZOOM is a web conferencing tool that faculty and staff can use to host and record online web meetings and conferences. We will require you to show a form of identification such as a driver’s license or your OTC Smart card before we continue the conversation to protect your identity.
How to Join a Zoom Meeting from a Phone:
- Download in App Store or Download in Google Play
- Type in the Zoom Meeting ID number sent to you by a staff member
- Make sure the webcam and microphone on your phone is turned on!
How to Join a Zoom Meeting from a Computer:
- Follow the link provided by the staff member
- Make sure you have a microphone and a webcam!
What if I Don’t Have a Computer or Smart Phone?
We can provide information over the phone for Ozarks Technical Community College students, but we will need to use our text message verification system to verify your identity. We will text you a verification code to confirm your identity using your phone number on file with OTC. If your number is incorrect, we can only provide limited information. You can change your number in your profile on your MYOTC account page.
What if I Don’t Have Access to Technology?
College locations are closed to the public, but many college have labs that are open for students.
OTC Students: Only students who need access to the college’s computer labs or the Springfield campus Testing Center should come to any OTC campus or center. Beginning March 30, one computer lab will be open at each OTC location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for students who need computer access. Additionally, on the Springfield campus, the lab will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to accommodate those students who need access to computer labs in the evening. Enhanced physical distancing and frequent cleaning will be conducted in the labs.
MSU Students Lab Hours: https://helpdesk.missouristate.edu/open-access-computer-labs.htm
How Can I get Help with Tutoring?
VUB will still be offering tutoring for participants virtually through ZOOM. Please see below for the tutoring schedule and Zoom Links:
Travis Brown Monday 3-5 pm Tuesday 2-6 pm Wednesday 3-5 pm Thursday 2-6 pm Friday 10-1 pm
Zoom ID: 913-601-7401
Web link: https://otc.zoom.us/j/9136017401
Linda Rhodes Monday – Thursday: 10 am-2 pm
Zoom ID: 564-022-1006
Alex Simpson Monday – Thursday: 8 am-5 pm & Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
Zoom ID: 252-587-9482
All you have to do is log into your ZOOM account on your phone or computer during the tutoring times and a staff member will be available to tutor you!
We will also be offering refreshing courses online through our online Canvas site on April 13th.
How Can I Stay Involved?
Starting April 6th we are going to be introducing #VUBSocialHour. We will be encouraging participants to interact with us on different social apps. Check out our Facebook page each day for a list of events and daily challenges.