COVID-19: Health and Learning Resources
We're all facing challenges from COVID-19, and we're all in this together!
Here are some resources to help you stay healthy, creative, and engaged during this difficult time.
How To Access Online Courses in Canvas
- Go to Canvas through MyFSU
- in the menu on the left-hand side, click on "Classes"
- In the pop-out menu, scroll all the way down to "All Classes"
- Here, you will see a list of classes in which you are enrolled.
- Fill in the star in front of the course you cannot see
- The course will now appear in your dashboard.
FSU Resources for Academic Continuity (E-Leaning Resources for Faculty and Staff)
Ferris State University is developing resources to keep the learning experience as consistent as possible, while also keeping students and faculty safe. Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Resources for Academic Continuity page for a wide range of tools, guides and information to make the transition to online learning as smooth as possible.
KCAD Writing Center
The KCAD Writing Center is still available to support students. If you would like feedback on a writing project, email Writing Center Director Claire Helakoski at [email protected] for assistance.
KCAD Library COVID-19 Update
Read the update to learn more about the steps the KCAD Library is taking to support students during the fall semester.
FSU Online Tutoring and Writing Center Support
Schedule an appointment by visiting the FSU Writing Center’s scheduling client.
FSU Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
For many, when they are able to take some sort of action, they are able to reduce their anxiety and increase their sense of well-being. If you are interested in increasing your well-being and the well-being of others, while still maintaining your social distance, check out all the virtual volunteer opportunities gathered by the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services
Health and Wellness
KCAD Counseling and Disability Services
Marie Yowtz, Director of Counseling and Disability Services is available to help any student in need of counseling and/or disability services. Contact Marie at [email protected] or by calling 616.299.3046.
Listening Ear: 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline
Listening Ear is a 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline—accessible by calling 989-772-2918—that provides immediate support, information and referrals for our students.
Ferris TAO Online Library
All members of the University community may use Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), a secure, private online library of interactive and engaging programs to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common mental health concerns.
Loaner MiFi Wireless Routers Available to Students Without Reliable Internet Access
The Ferris IT Solution Center is now loaning a limited number of MiFi Routers to students with limited or no internet access to students for the spring semester. A MiFi is a wireless router that acts as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. To request a MiFi/Hotspot device from the IT Solution Center:
- Head over to the IT Self-Service Portal
- Log in with your Ferris email address and password
- There is a blue link in the upper left corner on the portal home page, labeled “Click Here To Request A MiFi/Hotspot Device”, that will automatically create your request ticket for the device
Once the IT Solution Center has the ticket, they will be processing the request and contacting the student for scheduling a pickup or to ship the device if that option was selected upon clicking the link. Alternatively, you can contact the IT Solution Center via phone at 231-591-4822 to have your request entered for a Hotspot Device.
These devices are available at no cost for the Spring 2021 semester thanks to the contributions of many generous donors to the Ferris State University Hardship Fund. Students will only be charged for these devices in the event that they are not returned at the end of the semester or if the devices are damaged.
The Ferris State University eLearning Department is maintaining a list of wifi hotspots around the state that may make it easier for students to stay connected and access their remote courses.
In addition, a recent Federal Communications Commission agreement states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot spots for increased accessibility to the internet.
Ferris State University is offering all students a variety of FREE ways to stay active and work out from home:
- Down Dog App – Download the Down Dog App for yoga, barre, HIIT and 7-minute workouts. Log in with your ferris.edu email address for access.
- Ferris UREC Instagram – Follow @ferrisurec on Instagram for in-home workouts, healthy recipes, eating tips, and additional ways to stay active while practicing social distancing.