Continuity Planning for Instruction

Continuity of Instruction

All members of the campus community share the responsibility for emergency preparedness. Planning for continuity of instruction is core to our mission and vision. The steps outlined below provide a framework for faculty and staff instructors to prepare their courses for emergencies and unexpected closures. They are not meant to be prescriptive but to be used as a guide to help ensure that students can complete their academic work on time despite any event or circumstance that may disrupt operations.

Step 1: Develop/modify a Weekly Planner

Update your syllabus and create a weekly planner to help determine the set of tools or resources you might need each week. Below is a suggested template:

Additional Tips: Upload weekly course materials into Canvas Modules. Include presentations, relevant documents, assignments/discussions and in the weekly modules as well. 

Course: Spring2020.AU101.1

Week Synchronous or Asynchronous Documents/Resources Needed Tools
Week 1 Synchronous Week 1 Presentation File/Zoom Link Zoom, Canvas
Week 2 Asynchronous Week 2 Recorded Lecture Link Panopto, Canvas
Week 3 Synchronous Week 3 Zoom link Zoom
Week 4 Asynchronous Week 4 Group activity Submitted Assignment Canvas, Google


Step 2: Get Technology Support or Training

Based on Step 1, assess what support you need to perform tasks on any of the technology tools to teach online. Below are many ways to get the support or training you need to teach online:

Step 3: Plan for Variances in Student Readiness

Sometimes, technology doesn’t work as expected or it may not work for some students when it works just fine for others. From reliable internet service at their location to their computer speed, the issue could be the application service itself. If everyone in the class is affected, you’ll have to shift to an alternate plan. If some of the students are experiencing problems, but the majority are fine, limit the time you spend troubleshooting to a few minutes at the beginning and remind all that you are recording the class. 

Students are encouraged to contact the Help Desk to assist with general troubleshooting.  Setting expectations around flexibility and communication help tremendously in an online setting. For additional assistance, contact Canvas, Zoom, & Panopto support.  

To help your students become familiar with Canvas, consider adding this link to helpful resources directly in your course reference materials.

Step 4: Plan for Continuous Improvement

Technology is ever-changing. Functionality within applications and user interfaces undergo regular updates. Scheduling a periodic review of your course design, assessment of technology integration, and testing of related documentation can enhance instructor and student experience.

Step 5: Bookmark the Instructor Toolkit Page!

Instructor Toolkit has a number of useful tips and links organized in one easy to access page.