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Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning provides a collection of products containing workshops, training tutorials, and assessment tools to support instruction. These are integrated with Blackboard so that instructors may link presentations on topics such as incorporating quotations in essays and citing sources. Tutorials cover over 250 software applications including MS Office and Blackboard.

Single Click login from Blackboard or The Q to Atomic Learning is available for all students, faculty, and staff.

From The Q

Login to The Q and from the “External Login” tab click on the Atomic Learning page.   Click on the Atomic Learning login link for automatic login to see the video tutorials.

From Blackboard

Login to Blackboard and from the "Help" tab or the "Start Here" tab click on the Atomic Learning "Launch" button for automatic login to see the video tutorials.

  • Atomic Learning works best if you are using Firefox as your web browser. 
  • If you have tried to access Atomic Learning using Fire Fox and still receive an error message please fill out the "Submit a Question" form below or contact the IT Help Desk.

"When uploaded to Atomic Learning, all video files are converted to .flv (Flash) movie format that cannot be viewed via QuickTime. To view these videos, change your player preference to Flash." This video shows how you can change your movie preferences from Flash to QuickTime.

Many Atomic Learning videos are in Flash (.flv) format. If Flash isn't installed on your computer or mobile device, the videos won't play. Currently, Adobe supports Flash only on PCs and MACs, not on mobile devices.

There are workarounds for iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Downloading and installing the Puffin browser is the easiest for both. Other options include finding a "retired" version of the Flash Player plug-in, installing it and using it with either Firefox or Dolphin browsers. Both browsers still support Flash on mobile devices.

This short video will show you how to search the Atomic Learning Library.

Note: You must be logged in to Blackboard to access Atomic Learning videos.

 

You can get technical help for Atomic Learning from the Home Page support link:

image: Atomic Learning Customer Support

You can find tutorials at the Atomic Learning Website. You will need to login to Blackboard first.

From the Atomic Learning website: "Atomic Learning’s website developers and quality assurance department use the WAVE tool from Web Aim in conjunction with the screen readers Jaws and VoiceOver to test the Atomic Learning website for accessibility and ensure all users are able to successfully use the site. Atomic Learning also consults users with physical and sensory disabilities to ensure their experience using the Atomic Learning resources is satisfactory. For technical specifications on how Atomic Learning meets section 508 of the rehabilitation act requirements, see our VPAT."

Blackboard

Blackboard is the College’s Learning Management System which provides tools for teaching online as well as for on ground courses. All QCC courses have a Blackboard shell that may be used for handouts, online discussion, testing, group work, assignment submission, and grading.

Blackboard Learn support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

You can access our help by one of the following ways:

  1. You can use our Knowledge Base to search for an answer to your question
  2. You can submit a “help” ticket.  Please fill out the web form with as much information as possible.
  3. You can call the Help Desk (508-854-4427) and follow the prompts for Blackboard Help.
  4. You can Live Chat as well.

This Blackboard Handout also contains valuable support information.

At this time, QCC recommends using Mozilla Firefox, available at the Firefox Website for both PCs and MACs.

For technical help or more information on operating systems and download links to browsers and plugins for Blackboard see this Blackboard Help page.

Course enrollments are uploaded to Blackboard daily. If you have added or dropped courses, wait 24 hours before contacting the Help Desk. If your course list is still incorrect after that time, then contact the IT Help Desk.

Contact your instructor. Your instructor controls the availability of all course content.

Unfortunately, the information is probably lost permanently and you will need to recreate it. Contact your instructor immediately.

Here are some reasons why you may have been kicked out:

  • The internet connection dropped.
  • The browser was refreshed.
  • Your browser timed out due to inactivity. Blackboard has a security setting that logs you out if it doesn't receive any input for a period of time. Note: Typing into a text box doesn't count as activity. Saving periodically does count. Save frequently.

These tips might help to prevent future issues:

  • Use a wired connection if possible when taking a test. Wireless internet connections are less reliable.
  • Do not refresh the browser page.
  • Do not close the browser window
  • Do not click the browser's back button.
  • If possible, type out the text in an external application like Notepad and then paste it into Blackboard Learn. Working offline first ensures that your work in progress will not be lost.
  • If you are working in assignments, save your work in progress. Saving often helps avoid any browser timeout issues.

Blackboard Learn doesn't keep a record of emails sent or received. To locate an email message you sent, do the following:

  • Student: Login to your Qmail account and check messages in the Sent folder
  • Faculty: Login to your QCC account and check messages in the Sent folder

Each term, all students are enrolled into the Blackboard Orientation course which offers numerous videos and tutorials to help with using Blackboard. You can access the Orientation course through your course list in Blackboard. Look for the "Student Orientation Course to Blackboard, Starfish, & Collaborate."

From the Blackboard Learn website: "Blackboard measures and evaluates accessibility using two sets of standards: the WCAG 2.0standards issued by the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act issued in the United States [by the] federal government."

This is the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).

Screen Reader Tutorials for Blackboard Learn are available as well.

Privacy Policies
Pearson (5/15/2014) Turning Technologies (nd)
Internships (10/3/14 via Chegg) McGraw Hill (4/2013)
Starfish (10/4/2013)       WileyPlus (2014)
  Cengage (nd)
YouTube (3/31/14 via Google) LinkedIn (10/23/14)
Vimeo (1/13) Pinterest (2014
Flickr (9/23/2014 via Yahoo) Google+ (3/31/14)
Twitter (9/08/14) Tumblr (1/27/14)
Slideshare (10/23/14 via LinkedIn) Instagram (1/19/2013 via Facebook)
Facebook (1/15) Blackboard (nd)
This table lists the privacy policies of commonly used applications for QCC courses. If the privacy policy you're looking for isn't included in this table, please contact your instructor for more information.

To succeed in an online course, you should:

  1. Know how to use Blackboard to contact your instructor and for discussions, assignments and tests.
  2. Be able to create, send and download emails, with and without attachments.
  3. Create, edit and submit word processing, spreadsheet and presentation files.
  4. Copy and paste
  5. Download, locate and install software applications and plug-ins.
  6. Some courses might also require the use of head sets and microphones or other course-specific software or peripherals.

 QCC's courses benefit when criteria established in the Quality Matters Rubric, 5th edition are used. QCC expects all online courses to meet this criteria.

Blackboard Collaborate

Collaborate is Blackboard’s online platform that creates a synchronous learning space for virtual classrooms and meetings with audio, video, and desktop sharing capacities. See Collaborate webinar recordings.

Before using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for the first time, be sure to watch this short video  which will help you become proficient in using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Blackboard recommends using the Chrome browser with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

No, the mobile app doesn't have the same features as the desktop app:

Available Web Conferencing Functions:

  • Viewing the Whiteboard.
  • Viewing an Application on another user's desktop.
  • Access to breakout rooms.
  • Sending and receiving chat messages with the entire room.
  • Listening to other speakers and speaking to the room.
  • Responding to polls.

Web Conferencing Functions not Available for Mobile Participants:

  • Private Chat
  • Live Video
  • Annotation on the Whiteboard
  • Moderator Controls
  • Recording Playback
  • Localizations

Moderators must join the session from a desktop or laptop computer. Moderator tools are not available from a mobile device.

 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

You can access our help by one of the following ways:

  1. You can use our Blackboard Help Knowledge Base to search for an answer to your question.
  2. You can get help by submitting a “help” ticket or through "chat" by clicking on Contact Technical Support.  
    1. To use “chat”, click on “Chat with Agent”.
    2. To create a help ticket, please "Create a case" and fill out the web form with as much information as possible.
  3. You can call the QCC Help Desk (508.854.4427) and follow the prompts for Blackboard Collaborate Help.

Blackboard lists the accessibility features of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on the Blackboard Collaborate Assistive Technology page.

Blackboard Mobile

The Blackboard Mobile™ app takes interactive teaching and learning mobile, giving students and educators access to their courses, content and organizations on a variety of devices including iOS®, Android™, BlackBerry®, and webOS® smartphones. Presently, it is not available for Windows RT. You are able to purchase Blackboard Mobile™ Learn access to your Blackboard course.

The Blackboard Mobile™ Learn app is designed more for the student experience. Follow these steps if you would like to try it:

  1. Download the Blackboard Mobile app (iOS®, Android™, BlackBerry®, and webOS®) from the appropriate app store.
  2. In the Mobile Learn school search box, type "Quinsigamond Community College"
  3. Your username is your “The Q” username (example – 123456)
  4. Your password is most likely your “The Q” password. Reset your Blackboard password.

Go to the Blackboard Mobile web site to see the features available with Blackboard Mobile™ Learn.

Yes, we recently upgraded Blackboard to allow for instructors to grade assignments using an iPad.  Blackboard is working to increase the grading capabilities and make this available for other mobile devices.

You can find more information on the Bb Grader app at iTunes.

No, the students see a slightly different view of their grades when they look at them on the mobile app. You may want to have them check their My Grades area from a regular computer if they are confused by what they see in the mobile app. The main difference is that the mobile app has a percentage field in front of each item even if you assign points, not percentages, for their grade.

For example, a student takes quiz 1 worth 20 points and gets only 5 points. When they view this in My Grades on the mobile app, the first column will show 25% and the second column will show Quiz 1 points: 5/20. If they look at this same item on a regular computer, they would see Quiz 1 Grade 5.00/20 and there wouldn't be a percentage listed.

The first thing to check is whether or not your Blackboard login works on a web browser. When you try to log in to your school's Blackboard site, are you able to login successfully, and then can you access your current classes?

I've successfully logged in on my web browser

Then those exact same credentials should work on the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. Please contact the Blackboard Support Team - make sure to include the URL of QCC's Blackboard site where you can login successfully!  We will start investigating your issue right away.

I can't login on my web browser

Then you won't be able to login to the app either. If this is the case, please reach out to QCC's IT Help Desk so we can help you with account issues like this.

You can learn how to use the Blackboard Mobile app and get technical assistance from the Blackboard Mobile App website.

Although Blackboard claims that the Mobile app is accessible, it does not list specific accessibility features.

Dream Spark

If you are currently registered in a technology course, you are automatically enrolled in Microsoft Imagine (formerly DreamSpark). Technology courses start with CIS, CSC, CST, ELM, ELT, ERG, and EUT.

You must register (registration is free) your DreamSpark account before you can use it. 

Send an email or call the IT Help Desk. Let the them know that you are having a problem registering for DreamSpark, give them the error message, your Student ID and a way to contact you.

You can download developer products like Visual Studio, operating systems like Windows 8.1, and other products like Visio and Project Manager. You cannot download Microsoft Office.

No, Microsoft Office is not available on the DreamSpark site.

Email

Students

Your full student email address is your Qmail username.  You can find your username by logging into the Q and select the "Personal Info" link next to your name. Select the Communication Preferences tab. Your Qmail address is listed on the page. You may also go to the Registrar's Office with a photo ID or call the Help Desk at 508.854.4427 (You must know your Student ID number).

  • e.g. John Smith - Qmail user name is jsmith [at] qmail.qcc.edu

Faculty/Staff

The first part of your email address is your username. 

  • e.g. jsmith [at] qcc.mass.edu - user name is jsmith

To reset your password or unlock your account click here.

You must go to the Registrar’s Office with a legal document (marriage certificate, divorce papers, etc) that states that your name has changed. At that time, you can ask that your Qmail username be changed.

Contact the IT Help Desk or walk-in to the office at B67A (Ramp at the back of the Administration building).  Give them your Student ID, Qmail username, and any error message.

The default password will be the first two letters of your last name, followed by the last four digits of your social security number, then the letters “Qc”. This password is all lowercase. If you are unable to login using this password, contact the IT Help Desk to have it reset.

If you would like to receive your email on your phone, you will need to either use the Gmail app included on most android phones, or access it on your iPhone through settings and adding a Google email account. If you need assistance getting this setup, contact the IT Help Desk, or come in to the office at B67A (Ramp at the back of the Administration building).

To forward your Qmail account to your personal email follow these steps;

1) Log in to your Qmail from The Q.

Tip: Forgot your Qmail Username? Click on "Personal Info" next to your name after you login to The Q to view your full Qmail username.

2) Click on the Settings icon at the top right (Gear) and select Settings from the drop-down menu.

3) Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab

4) Click the Add a forwarding address button

5) Enter the email address you wish to forward your Qmail to and click Next.

Tip: Send yourself a test email to your Qmail address to make sure forwarding is working properly.

IT Service Desk

Students

  • Your student id number is your username for The Q. Your username for The Q and password information was sent to you prior to the start of your first semester here at QCC.
  • If you don’t have your login information, contact the Registrar’s Office, or stop by Room 152A (Administration Building) from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. You must present some form of photo identification, preferably your QCC student id card or driver’s license.
  • Please note that the Registrar’s Office will not release this information over the telephone.
  • If you need help resetting your password please contact the IT Help Desk. Give them your name, your phone number or email address, your id number and a brief description of your problem. Mention that you have a portal problem. Do not send your password.

Faculty/Staff

  • For new faculty/staff the first part of your email address is your username. Contact the Registrar’s Office, or stop by Room 152A.
  • To reset your password, enter your username and click on the "I forgot my password" link. A new password will be sent to your QCC email. If you are still having trouble, contact the IT Help Desk. Give them your name, your phone number, email address and a brief description of your problem. Do not send your password information.

Students

Your full student email address is your Qmail username.  You can find your username by logging into the Q and select the "Personal Info" link next to your name. Select the Communication Preferences tab. Your Qmail address is listed on the page. You may also go to the Registrar's Office with a photo ID or call the Help Desk at 508.854.4427 (You must know your Student ID number).

  • e.g. John Smith - Qmail user name is jsmith [at] qmail.qcc.edu

Faculty/Staff

The first part of your email address is your username. 

  • e.g. jsmith [at] qcc.mass.edu - user name is jsmith

To reset your password or unlock your account click here.

The default password will be the first two letters of your last name, followed by the last four digits of your social security number, then the letters “Qc”. This password is all lowercase. If you are unable to login using this password, contact the IT Help Desk to have it reset.

You can try the Office 365 Community Forum.

You can also access Office 365 tutorials through Atomic Learning.

To access Atomic Learning, log in to Blackboard, then click on My Bb Help at the top of the page, then Atomic Learning - Launch Atomic Learning. Search for Office 365 to show the video tutorials.

Please note that Office 365 is provided through Kivuto at QCC.onthehub.com, and the college does not provide direct support for this product.

Magna Commons

Magna Commons is an online, cloud-based professional development resource for faculty, staff and administrators. Sessions feature leading educators and consultants delivering thought-provoking, content-rich presentations on key issues in higher education. As a member of the QCC campus community, you have access to more than 100 professional development seminars, with monthly updates and additions.

Microsoft Office

For system requirements for Office please visit the official Microsoft Office website.

Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 365, or Office 2013 users can open documents created without any additional action. Customers using earlier versions of Office may need to download and install a compatibility pack.

In Word 2013, you'll see the words [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name on the title bar. Compatibility Mode makes sure that no new features in Word 2013 are available in the document, so that people using earlier versions of Word can work with it. You can work in Compatibility Mode or you can convert your document to the new format. To convert the document, click File>Info>Convert. Converting your document lets you use the new features, but people using earlier versions of Word might have difficulty editing certain parts of the document.

There are several ways that you can control the appearance of the ribbon.

The ribbon can be minimized so that you only see that tab names and not the command groups and buttons. To always keep the ribbon minimized, right-click on a blank area of the ribbon, then select Collapse the Ribbon from the menu. (To revert this setting, click on one of the tabs, then right-click on a blank area of the ribbon and deselect Collapse the Ribbon from the menu.) You can also double-click on an active tab name to toggle this setting.

Click File > Print to see a print preview of the current document to the right of other useful print-related settings.

The right side of the window previews how the document will look when printed. Use the left side of the window to choose a printer or fine-tune settings — for example, to change from Portrait to Landscape, to change the paper size, or to print only the current page.

There are various icons and toolbars that will appear around the document to advance to another page, change the zoom level, and, in Excel, to show the margins so that column width can be changed. To set more print options, click the Page Setup link at the bottom of the left side of the window, below Settings.

QCC has several video tutorial powered by Atomic Learning that are available to all students, staff, and faculty members. If this is your first time using Atomic Learning we recommend that you watch two short videos to learn about preferences available in Atomic Learning and how to search.

Office 365

Office 365 is a subscription based version of the Microsoft Office suite. It includes the latest full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, and Access as well as cloud services such Office Online, Yammer, and 1TB of OneDrive storage.

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Publisher*
  • Access*
  • OneNote*
  • InfoPath*
  • * Publisher, Access, and OneNote are only included in the Windows Version
  • 1TB of OneDrive Storage
  • Office Online
  • Access to Yammer

For more details, please visit the QCC on the hub product page.

You will need an Internet connection to download and install Office 365, to activate your Office 365 account, and manage your account. Once installed, you will be able to use the Office products offline. Some services, including accessing your OneDrive account, require you to be connected to the Internet.

You may install Office 365 on up to 5 PCs or MACs, as well as other Mobile Devices.

Your Office 365 subscription is valid for as a long as you are a student at Quinsigamond Community College. You may be required to re-verify your eligibility at any time. Once your subscription has expired, you will only be able to view, but not edit or create new documents. You will also no longer be able to access online services associated with your school email address.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus can be installed on Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.6.8 or later.

Please click here for more information.

Click here to begin.  Select Student or Staff/Faculty tab, select the product you would like to download and Add to Cart.  The next step is to either Register or Login with your existing account.

For further help installing Office 365, please visit the Help section.  You may also call or email for support using the contact us link.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Support

Email support     office-support [at] onthehub.com
  Typical response time: 1-2 business days
  Supported Languages: English
 
Phone support     1-855-561-4175 (Toll Free)
  Hours: Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm EST
  Supported Languages: English

For additional training, students, staff and faculty can watch Atomic Learning video tutorials. These are available once logged into Blackboard by clicking on My Bb Help at the top of the page, then Atomic Learning - Launch Atomic Learning. Search for Office 365 to show the video tutorials.

You can try the Office 365 Community Forum.

You can also access Office 365 tutorials through Atomic Learning.

To access Atomic Learning, log in to Blackboard, then click on My Bb Help at the top of the page, then Atomic Learning - Launch Atomic Learning. Search for Office 365 to show the video tutorials.

Please note that Office 365 is provided through Kivuto at QCC.onthehub.com, and the college does not provide direct support for this product.

Open Educational Resources

The generally accepted definition of open educational resources is this one, from OERCommons:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

  1. The Open Professionals Education Network sponsors a search engine that can help you locate OER materials from various web sources and includes tips for using the different websites. It allows searches for videos, images and music, too.
  2. At the OER Commons website, you can browse to locate materials, or, if you prefer, use their topics list.
  3. The Community College Consortium for open educational resources lists open textbooks by discipline.
  4. The Open Course Library "is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments... Unless otherwise noted, all materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.OCL courses and materials have undergone testing for accessibility and have been designed using the industry-standard Quality Matters (QM) rubric for assessing the quality of online courses."
  5. Lumen Learning offers courses in Mathematics, Science, Technology, General Education, Developmental Education, Business and Education.
  6. Openstaxcollege.org, an initiative of Rice University, is a nonprofit organization "committed to improving student access to quality learning materials." Their peer-reviewed free online and low-cost print textbooks include supporting materials.
  7. Saylor Academy is a large, free and open course initiative on the web funded by the Constitution Foundation. It offers more than 300 free college-level, credit courses  for transfer to accredited public and private partner institutions. Many of their online materials are creative commons licensed.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. This short video introduction explains Creative Commons.

CAST has launched a new website, entitled On Campus: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. This site contains information on accessibility and universal design when used with open educational materials.

More resources are listed at the Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN).

Other

The print card is needed to print when printing from a computer in the Harrington Academic Computing Center, room 379A on the 3rd floor of the administration building or in the Harrington Learning Center in the General Academic Areas tutoring center - room 205 and in the Alden Library on the third floor of the Harrington Learning Center.

Copy machines are located in the Harrington Learning Center on the second floor near the GAA Tutoring Center and on the third floor in the library. There also is a copy machine located in the Surprenant building on the first floor.

Starfish

Starfish is an on-line early alert program and intervention tool to support student academic success. 

Faculty can inform students of their academic performance within a course by raising flags (concerns), kudos (praise), and referring students to support resources.  An automatic email is sent to the student and their assigned academic advisor.

Students can stay informed of their progress in courses and take action on flags and referrals by viewing your Starfish folder and reading your QMail.

Students

On your Blackboard home page, under My Courses click on "Student Orientation Course to Blackboard, Starfish and Collaborate".   Click on Starfish page to access the Getting Started Guide for Students and other valuable resources.

Faculty and Staff

On your Blackboard home page, under My Courses, click on Starfish Training for Faculty and Staff. Here you will find the Faculty Getting Started Guide and other valuable resources including videos, web links, and face-to-face training dates.

The Q

The Q is Quinsigamond Community College's secure website or portal. Think of it as the gateway to the college; it's the one stop which allows current students and faculty the ability to access their personal college information twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The login page for The Q is accessible through any internet browser.  At this time we recommend Firefox (or Chrome) as as your internet browser.

Students

  • Your student id number is your username for The Q. Your username for The Q and password information was sent to you prior to the start of your first semester here at QCC.
  • If you don’t have your login information, contact the Registrar’s Office, or stop by Room 152A (Administration Building) from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. You must present some form of photo identification, preferably your QCC student id card or driver’s license.
  • Please note that the Registrar’s Office will not release this information over the telephone.
  • If you need help resetting your password please contact the IT Help Desk. Give them your name, your phone number or email address, your id number and a brief description of your problem. Mention that you have a portal problem. Do not send your password.

Faculty/Staff

  • For new faculty/staff the first part of your email address is your username. Contact the Registrar’s Office, or stop by Room 152A.
  • To reset your password, enter your username and click on the "I forgot my password" link. A new password will be sent to your QCC email. If you are still having trouble, contact the IT Help Desk. Give them your name, your phone number, email address and a brief description of your problem. Do not send your password information.

Login to The Q. Select the Welcome Tab then select Grade and Attendance Reporting (from the left). Click on the Grade Entry link. Click on the View Course List link at the right. Follow the on screen instructions.

Login to The Q. Select the My Academics Tab, then select either Initial Attendance or 60% Attendance from the menu on the left. Follow the on screen instructions.

The QCC Alert Notification System allows you to receive a text message on your cell phone in case of a school emergency or school closing. To add or update your text messaging information, Login to The Q. Scroll to the bottom of the Welcome page. Click on the “My QCC Alert Contact Info” link.

Login to The Q. Click on the My Academics tab. Click on My Registration. Click on the My Degree Audit link on the right. Select "What-If Degree Audit" if you want to run an audit for a major other than your currently elected major. If your major is Undeclared you also should select a "What-If Degree Audit," as you do not have any "Your Curriculum Requirements" degree audit until you have applied and received a letter of acceptance from the Admissions Office.

Login to The Q. Select Quick Links at the left of the page. Select “My Grade Report” at the bottom of the page. Select the Term, then click on “View Final Grade Report” or “View Midterm Grade Report”.

Please visit the Registrar's Office in the Administration Building, Room 152A to update your student record. Bring a photo ID with you.

If your student record is correct, but your Qmail name is incorrect (either the username or the viewable name), contact the IT Help Desk.

If any other information on the Q is misspelled or needs to be changed, you can update it by doing the following:  Click the Personal Info link next to your name. Click on the Biographical Info tab. Click on the pencil icon next to "Name, Address and Personal Details". Enter your changes, then Click [Submit]. Information will be updated within two to three business days.

To waive your health insurance online:

  • Go to www.QCC.mass.edu 
  • Select “The Q” (student/faculty portal) DO NOT LOG IN.
  • Select the link at the bottom of the page under Helpful Links: Health Insurance Waiver Form. This will bring you out of our system to the web site of Gallagher/Koster, the company that manages the health insurance.
  • All students must “Create an Account” before waiving the insurance. Using your student ID: If your student ID is less than 9 digits, please add “000” to the FRONT of the ID for a total of 9 digits. Ex: If your ID is 123456, it should be entered as 000123456
  • Once the “Account is Created”, go to the top left corner and click “Student Waive”
  • Click on “I want to waive” red button

Please read carefully and answer all the questions then click “Click to Continue On”. Now you are ready to waive the insurance.

Fill out the required fields and select “Submit”. Print “Confirmation Sheet” for your records.

Turn it In

Turnitin is a web based product that helps check the originality of a student's work. Turnitin is available to all faculty through Blackboard by adding a Turnitin assignment in your course.  Students will be able to access the Turnitin assignment drop through their Blackboard course if the faculty member has chosen to use this product.

Information about the company

Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students.

Students

Turnitin is accessed through the course assignment.  Information on training for Blackboard can be found on our Blackboard Help page.  Information on how to submit a Turnitin assignment can be found here (Please remember that you do not login to the Turnitin website to submit your paper).  

Faculty/Staff

We have linked Blackboard and Turnitin so all you will need to do is add a Turitin assignment.  You will not need to create a course and upload your class list because that information comes from Blackboard once you have created an assignment.

  • Information for faculty can be found on the Turnitin Instructor Training site.
  • UMass Amherst has training information that is closely related to how we have integrated Turnitin with Blackboard.
  • The Office of Professional Development and Distance Education offers workshops to show faculty how to use Turnitin. (Please click on the green checkmark if no workshop is scheduled to request training assistance.)

If you are having trouble in Blackboard creating or accessing Turnitin then please:

If you are having trouble with the assignment itself or uploading/attaching an assignment then please:

Turning Technologies

Email Support: support [at] turningtechnologies.com
Email Training: training [at] turningtechnologies.com
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Weather

If it becomes necessary to cancel or delay classes and activities due to the weather and/or an emergency, you may contact the College’s Inclement Weather Line, 508.854.4545, or visit www.qcc.mass.edu/inclementweather for information.

If classes and activities are cancelled, only assigned non-unit professional staff and those classified staff designated as “essential personnel” must report to work. (QCC Employees--See your supervisor with questions.)

The decision to cancel or delay classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding: · the operational status of the campus – including heat, electricity, and/or snow removal; as well as· the accessibility of the campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and if it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

Timing of Decisions

Day Classes & Activities (Mon – Sun): Decisions to cancel or delay day classes and activities will be made and conveyed to radio and television stations at the earliest possible time, but no later than 5:30 a.m. of the day in question. Please Note: Day classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m.

Evening Classes & Activities (Mon – Fri): Decisions to cancel or delay evening classes and activities will be made as early as possible, but no later than 2:30 p.m. of the day in question. Please Note: Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

Day classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m.

Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

The decision to cancel or delay classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding. the operational status of the campus – including heat, electricity, and/or snow removal; and ·the accessibility of the campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and if it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

QCC's locations are as follows:

  • MAIN - QCC Main Campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • QSB - QCC Southbridge, 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge, MA 01550
  • D - QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • CWDCE - QCC Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • SRCT - QCC at Worcester Senior Center,128 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604
  • BURN - QCC at Burncoat, 179 Burncoat Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • ASSA - QCC at Assabet, 215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA 01752
  • MASC - QCC at Marlborough Senior Center, 40 New St, Marlborough, MA 01752

In some cases, the beginning of day classes and activities may be delayed to begin at the time indicated in the announcement.

All staff, except “essential personnel” who may already be at work, should report to work at the delayed start time. The decision to cancel or delay classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding: The operational status of the Campus – including heat, light and snow removal; and ·the accessibility of the Campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and if it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

For information regarding cancellations or delays, call the College’s Inclement Weather Line, 508.854.4545, or visit www.QCC.edu/inclementweather for information.

Day Classes & Activities (Mon – Sun): The decision regarding day classes and activities will be made and conveyed to radio and television stations at the earliest possible time, but no later than 5:30 a.m. of the day in question. Please Note: Day classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m.

Evening Classes & Activities (Mon – Fri): The decision regarding evening classes and activities will be made as early as possible, but no later than 2:30 p.m. of the day in question. Please Note: Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

The decision to cancel or delay classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding: The operational status of the Campus – including heat, electricity, and/or snow removal; and the accessibility of the Campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

Inclement weather cancellations are reported on the following radio and TV stations, as applicable.

Radio

  • WTAG (AM 580)
  • WSRS (FM 96)
  • WBZ (AM 1030)

TV

  • WCVB (Ch. 5)
  • WBZ (Ch. 4)
  • WHDH (Ch. 7)
  • WFXT (Ch 25)
  • NECN (varies by cable/satellite provider)
  • NBC Boston (Ch 8.1, Ch 60.2, Ch 60.5)

Please do not call the radio and television stations directly OR the College’s main number to find out about inclement weather closings or cancellations. Call the QCC Weather Line at 508.854.4545

​Day Classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m. Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

The following QCC Satellite Locations follow the cancelation schedule of the main campus:

  • QSB - QCC Southbridge, 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge, MA 01550
  • D - QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • CWDCE - QCC Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • SRCT - QCC at Worcester Senior Center,128 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604
  • QCC Dental Clinic - 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606

The following QCC Satellite Locations follow the cancelation policies of those institutions:

  • BURN - QCC at Burncoat, 179 Burncoat Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • ASSA - QCC at Assabet, 215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA 01752
  • ​QCC at Worcester Technical - 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA 01605

Many of Quinsigamond Community College’s academic programs/certificates require students to participate in experiential learning; e.g., clinical, practicum, etc. Since many of these external sites remain open during inclement weather conditions, students should anticipate that they might be expected to report to an external site even if the College closes as a result of inclement weather. At the beginning of each semester, Faculty Program Coordinators will inform students within their programs of the procedures they are expected to follow during inclement weather.