Dear Faculty,

As a result of Covid-19 and to ensure the safety of our students and faculty, we must move quickly to online modality. We acknowledge that both student and instructor may feel anxiety about moving into this new realm, but we will go through this journey together.

We ask that you enter this process with an open mind. As we try to address every possible scenario, we know that there will be some things that we might have missed, do not go as planned, or create frustration. This will challenge all of us, however, we are confident that together, we will make this a successful transition.

Please bookmark this page. We will provide updates as we continue on this journey.

St. Augustine College

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
Invite leaders, faculty and staff across higher education for focused and practical discussions on:
Effective Online Instruction

The Tutoring Committee has been working diligently with St. Augustine College tutors to ensure tutors continue to provide effective on-line tutoring.  Please know we are there to support students.

There are different types of tutoring arrangements, class-specific, student specific, writing, math, and content-specific to meet everyone’s needs. Once a tutoring session is scheduled, the tutor will send a go-to-meeting invitation to the student(s) for the tutoring session.

Tutoring Schedule 

Class-specific Tutoring

For some class rooms in which instructors have made themselves available to tutor their students, students will continue to maintain contact with their instructors directly. Instructor/Tutors please provide information with your students regarding how to make appointments with you for class.

Student/Tutor Semester Long Arrangements

For students who have individual ongoing tutoring with one tutor, these arrangements remain in place. Tutors have been contacting these students to ensure continuity of services in the last couple of weeks. If a student has not heard from his or her tutor, please contact the Tutoring Center Director at and request assistance.

Topic and Program Specific Needs

For program and topic-specific tutoring, a Tutoring Schedule has been developed and can be accessed through the Tutoring Schedule link. The following contacts have been identified and students can reach out to them directly to schedule tutoring:
CIS, HOS, ADM, CUL, BUS – Juvenal Nava
Math – Noe Lopez
Psychology – Estevan Lemon Lopez
Social Work – Dennette Derezotes
LLH, Social Sciences + ECE – Elena Voltchek
Spanish Tutoring Needs – Elena Voltchek

Content Needs by Subject Not Currently Addressed

For students with specific content needs not currently addressed above, the primary contact for tutoring needs is the Tutoring Director: These requests can also be made by students, advisors, chairs, or instructors.

Please continue to use tutoring to strengthen your classrooms, and if you have any increasing needs that you see as a result of the online learning, please talk to your Chair and request tutoring support or send a note to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you.
St. Augustine College
Tutoring Committee

There are two major online delivery methods:

Synchronous- all students attend the class in real-time.
Asynchronous- students can access course content when it is convenient to them.

Teaching using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods has been proven to yield high impact results, such as GoToMeeting + Canvas.

Synchronous Content Delivery Methods (Best for keeping the whole class together)

The following tools are just some of those that support real-time communication:

  • Streaming video platforms-
  • Live chats, individually or course-wide via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Web conferencing tools via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Virtual Whiteboard to use with Web Conferencing
  • Virtual office hours via (GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • Telephone availability

Asynchronous Content Delivery Methods (Best for Independent Study)

  • Downloadable pre-recorded lectures (Canvas, YouTube)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations with or without voice-over (Canvas)
  • Forums and discussion boards (Canvas)
  • Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and similar collaborative tools
  • Tools for off-hour support, like virtual tutoring centers and virtual resource centers (For example: URLS and files uploaded to Canvas as resources for students)
  • Email communication (SAC email)

The University of Illinois Springfield is a leader in online education. The UIS ION Professional eLearning Program provides professional development to support effective practice and innovation of online teaching.

Many institutions don’t have all the resources in place that they need. We want to help universities, colleges and schools through this crisis. The ION website provides tools that will help instructors transition to remote teaching. Under the Resources tab on the ION webpage, there are free tutorials for teachers to learn everything they need to be successful.

View these free tutorials on online teaching learning, instructional design, student assessment, and more.

Online Teaching in the wake of COVID-19

Student Engagement

Instruction Design/Go-To-Meeting/Other Platforms


Google Hangouts

          Teaching Math


  • Go-To-Meeting will be able to provide an outlet for online tutoring (for both faculty and tutors).
  • Many universities have now set up ZOOM for office hours and tutoring purposes (possible for mentorship too).
  • I will supply all the writing resources that the library has created.
  • – Provide personalized support to students through 24/7 online tutoring, and gain access to reporting tools which allow administrators and instructors to identify student knowledge gaps.
  • – tutoring platform free of charge during COVID-19.

Extra Resources SPN

  • – A complete, free ESOL/ESL/ELL curriculum delivered online, for computer, smartphone and tablet.
  • – A free, bilingual, phonics-based, interactive (with voice) website, PUMAROSA is designed to teach English basics to adult Spanish-speaking students.
  • – REEP (ESL) Curriculum for Adults
  • Arlington, Virginia Education and Employment Program (REEP) free “on-line adult ESL instructional system to assist educators in enabling adult students of English to navigate U.S. systems in the 21st century…. The system consists of 9 proficiency levels ranging from low beginning to advanced. While each level is designed for 120 to 180 hours of instruction, the needs assessment component provides the flexibility needed to customize curricula for more intensive or less intensive instruction.”
  • – Dictionary
  • The dictionary site offers 15 free online bilingual dictionaries: English-Arabic, English-Chinese, English-Dutch, English-French, English-German, English-Hindi, English-Italian, English-Japanese, English-Korean, English-Polish, English-Portuguese, English-Romanian, English-Russian, English-Swedish, and English-Turkish. One particularly interesting feature is that users can suggest new translations in an entry box on the web page. Presumably thee help to improve the dictionaries’ translations.
  • – The phrase dictionary includes thousands of common phrases divided into four main categories: Academic Writing, Business Communication, Applications and Resumes, and Personal Correspondence. Within each category widely used phrases are grouped together according to the situation in which a phrase is used. The situation description helps the user judge in which context to use the phrase.
  • – ESL Resources
  • – Dave’s ESL Café. Current news, geography, grammar, history, idioms, slang and words, people, reading comprehension, science, world culture, writing