What You Need to Know

Focus on the Basics: Moving to remote instruction doesn’t mean you have to become an online learning expert. It’s more important to effectively communicate with your students, to set reasonable expectations on course activity and assignments, and to stay flexible.  

Prioritize: Realizing that you won’t be able to perfectly replicate a face-to-face course in light of current circumstances, identify your teaching and learning priorities during the campus closure, and focus on those.  

Set Expectations: You’ll also want to consider the variety of circumstances that an emergency closure may have on students’ ability to fulfill course obligations. Students may be experiencing temporary housing displacement, dealing with a lack of power or Internet connectivity that could impede their access to class and other resources, or managing their own illness or that of family members.  

Be Flexible: Be sure to consider requests for extensions or accommodations equitably and to contemplate alternative methods for completing course assignments and work that are adapted to the online environment, student usability accommodations, and any extenuating circumstances. 

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