Monday, August 31, 2020

Online Events This Week and This Semester

We'll be holding a variety of events online this semester from several offices, including Student Engagement and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Many of these will be Zoom sessions. We'll send out a text message and post those events each week here on the blog. They will often include a direct link to the Zoom meeting. But for a few there could just be a Zoom ID, which you can enter on the Zoom web page to access the meeting. Here are the events for this week:

Sept. 2             Virtual student club recruitment fair, 3pm-4pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: 965 2243 6719…

Sept. 3             Virtual student club recruitment fair, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: 965 2243 6719…

Second Week Tips for You

-If your home computer is slow or you need to print, you can always use a computer and printer at a Vol State campus. Just bring your student ID, wear a mask, and fill-out the online screening form before you come to campus. Details on the front page at . Computers are available to students in the Thigpen Library and Learning Commons in Gallatin. Ask at the front desk for other campuses.

-If you haven’t received your student ID yet, you can still do that. You will need it to check-out books and other materials from the library. Visit your campus for details and the Wood Campus Center in Gallatin.

-All Vol State students have free access to Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office programs with Microsoft 365. Here’s how to access it:

-We have a bunch of online support for students this semester, including math and English tutoring and help with papers and speeches. See the full list here in what we call the College Success Zone:

Friday, August 28, 2020

Do You Need Help Taking Online Classes? Coaches Can Help

Vol State now has Online Learning Academic Coaches to provide students with support for online classes. Are you having a hard time navigating eLearn? Trouble uploading an assignment? The coaches can help. They can also help you get organized for your online learning and provide tips for how you can do well in your classes. They don’t offer tutoring for the class subject matter. But they can help with many other things. It's free and open to all. Students can book an appointment for a virtual meeting, email, or call the coaches. Visit this web page for details:

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Vol State Facebook is Our Virtual Campus

You don't have to be isolated just because you're taking classes online. We strongly encourage you to Like our Vol State Facebook page this semester. It's like a virtual campus. We provide students with reminders, important information, and student success tips. We even have a special Group page as part of our main Facebook page. That student discussion page is just for students to ask questions of each other, get advice, sell textbooks, and maybe even make friends. You will need to Like our main Facebook page first. Then click twice on the Groups tab to the left of the screen.

We hope to see you on our Facebook virtual campus this semester!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Four Things to Do Now

We're launched into the semester. Here are four things to do now to get off to a great start!

-Buy all of your required textbooks. If you are waiting on a refund to buy books (which we don’t encourage) you can read textbooks at the library in the meantime. All campuses are open. You will need to wear a mask and fill out an online screening form at . When you arrive on campus ask for the book at the library front desk. Don't get behind on readings.

-Attend all of your required Zoom sessions if you have them and make sure you work ahead on assignments for all of your classes.

-Keep a master calendar of all of your big assignments and keep checking the course schedule for each class.

-Work ahead on the bigger assignments, especially research projects. Visit the Thigpen Library website for help starting research:

Monday, August 24, 2020

Login to Each of Your Classes Today

Login to your online classes on eLearn today. You can find the link at the top of the Vol State web page and on My Vol State. Take a look at each course to see what assignments you have this week. Your financial aid attendance may use those assignments as showing you have attended that class. If you have upcoming Zoom sessions, those will be listed in the class page. Also be sure to check both your eLearn and regular Vol State email each day this semester, as you will be getting important updates there as well. Have a great semester everyone!

Friday, August 21, 2020

Coming to a Vol State Campus - Know Before You Go

 Coming to a Vol State Campus - Know Before You Go

  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool must be filled out on the day you plan to come to campus. If you are granted access, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Face masks are required. Faces masks with vents are not allowed.
  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • Check-In locations are in-place to screen you in to open buildings, see the campus map for entry details.
  • Don’t forget your Student ID if you are a returning student. New students should get their student ID at their campus. Visit the Wood Campus Center in Gallatin.

All buildings are restricted to card swipe only except the following:

Gallatin Campus 

  • Ramer - open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm - screening table located at the sliding door entry at Great Hall
  • Wood - open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm - screening table located at the 2nd-floor entrance sliding doors near Caudill
  • Thigpen - open Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm - screening table located at the front entrance across from Wallace South
  • SRB - hours set according to class schedule - screening table located at the 1st-floor entrance next to the Wood Bldg.
    • Student lab access will be permitted until 6:00 pm Monday - Thursday.  
  • Warf - hours set according to class schedule - screening table located at the sliding doors across from Ramer

All other buildings will remain locked and accessible by card swipe only. (map attached - entry doors/card swipe marked by a gold star) 

Cookeville Campus

  • Open Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, Friday 7:15 am - 3:15 pm - screening table located at the ADA C-Hall entrance 

Highland Crest/Springfield - 

  • Open Monday - Thursday  8:00 am - 4:30 pm - screening table located at the main entrance doors.

Livingston - 

  • Open Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm - screening table located at the main entrance doors.

Your Online Classes Open on Monday, August 24 on eLearn

Your online classes will become available for use in eLearn starting on Monday, August 24 at midnight. Please login Monday at any time and check each class for specifics of first assignments and to find the zoom links if it is a synchronous class with regular zoom meetings.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Microsoft 365: Free Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel for Students

All Vol State students have free access to Microsoft apps like Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel. It’s through Microsoft 365. You may find classes that require using those specific programs or ones like them. Normally people have to pay to get the Microsoft Office Suite. So, take advantage of it! We have info on how to get set up:

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Stay in Touch this Semester with Vol State Social Media

Vol State social media platforms can help you stay in touch this semester, even with online classes. Info includes important dates to remember, tips for doing well in class, and free academic resources. We strongly encourage you to Like our Facebook page. We can have a much better conversation there and answer your questions. We even have a special Group page as part of our main Facebook page. That student discussion page is just for students to ask questions of each other, get advice, sell textbooks, and maybe even make friends.

We’re also on Instagram, Twitter, and we have a blog.

Visit this web page for links to all of our main Vol State social media pages:

You can also join these campus Facebook pages:




And Student Engagement on Instagram:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Online Classes – Important Points for Fall Semester

-Login to your online classes on the very first day- Monday, August 24, using eLearn. You can find the eLearn login on My Vol State.

-Your financial aid requires attendance the first week. With an online class that is usually done with an initial assignment, often an introduction of some sort. Be sure to complete this assignment on time to get financial aid attendance.

-The primary online classes you need to know about are synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous means there are regularly scheduled class meetings at specific times via Zoom video conferencing. Asynchronous means there are no class meetings, but there will be assignments due at specific times each week.

- If you have a synchronous class, login to eLearn to find the Zoom meeting information and link from your instructor. You can find the meeting dates and times on your class schedule.

-If you haven’t used Zoom yet, you can download the app now at and sign in using your regular Vol State username and password. If you need help, go to our Zoom Knowledge Base for instructions or to ask for assistance.

-Then click on the Zoom class link in eLearn when you are getting ready for a class meeting.

-If you want to schedule a workshop to learn about eLearn click here

-You can also visit this link to learn more about eLearn:

Make sure you are ready for fall online classes. We want you to have a great semester!

Monday, August 17, 2020

You Will Need a Computer and Web Cam this Semester

All students will need a computer and a web cam for Vol State online classes this fall. We have laptops available for loan that have a web cam. We also have web cams to loan that connect to your computer. You cannot do an online class with a cell phone- it will be frustrating at best and sometimes impossible. To request a laptop or web cam visit this page

Spring and Summer Students - Still Time to Register for Fall Classes

Summer and Spring students: there is still time to apply for fall classes. If you need advising help you can schedule an appointment here: Otherwise you should be clear to register now on My Vol State. Fall classes start this coming Monday, August 24, so register now!

Get Ready for Online Classes at Vol State

If you are new to online learning at Vol State, we can get you ready. We'll walk you through it, step-by-step.

Fall classes start August 24.

Monday, August 3, 2020

All Students Can Now Register for Classes - Even Without Orientation


All students who have applied and received acceptance info can now register for fall classes.

Live sessions for Campus Connect: New Student Orientation have ended for the fall 2020 semester.

Your Orientation and Advising holds have been lifted and you are cleared to register.

1.      Missed Orientation? You can watch an overview of orientation here: Orientation Overview

 2.      How will classes be offered this fall? You can find out more about fall classes here: Fall Course Format

 3.      Need help selecting classes? Schedule an advising appointment with the following links:

 ·         Gallatin Students

·         Cookeville and Livingston Students

·         Springfield Students

4.      Already talked with an advisor? Just need help registering?

·         This Registration Zoom Room is available Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30

·         How to Use Degree Works

·         How to Use Schedule Planner

 5.      Planning a trip to campus? Things to know before you go

 6.      Questions about Financial Aid? Email or call 615.230.3456

Visiting a Vol State campus is as easy as 1-2-3-4.

Visiting a Vol State campus is as easy as 1-2-3-4. But you have to do 1-2-3-4 to get in.
1. Before you arrive, fill out the online screening form at Save the email you get back.
2. Wear a mask.
3. Go to the correct check-in entrance for the building you are visiting.
4. Scan the code in the email you received from us.
You’re in! You will need to scan that email at any other building you visit, or if you come back later.
Everyone will need to fill out that online form each day that they come to campus. This will also be the case for students taking classes with on-campus labs this fall. It’s not that bad once you get used to it.
If you don't have email on your phone, just take a picture of the email with the scanning code on your computer and show that picture at check-in.