Emergency Course Continuity
When unforeseeable events occur, the university may cancel classes. University closings can interrupt the flow of a course, displacing due dates and assessments. Below are some tips for using technology to continue a class while the university’s doors are closed.
Digitize your class
Decide which elements of the class to bring online– it’s important to focus on the materials that will best help students achieve the learning goals for the course. Once you have made these decisions, set up a Sakai site or other online course shell (if you have not already). A course shell is a centralized space for hosting online assignments, materials, and discussions. While these tips are focused on using Sakai, many of them can be applied to similar systems.
|Blackboard, whiteboard, or projector|
Participation and collaboration
|Quizzes and tests|
|One-to-one office hours|
Contact your students
Once you’ve set up your materials online, inform your students of your expectations for their participation in the course shell. The most effective way to reach them is through an email blast, since they will likely be keeping up with their university email address for changes to the university’s situation. You can send an email blast through Sakai using the Mailtool or Announcements tool.