Keep Teaching: Course Continuity During Disruption

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Site Content Updated 3/31/20, 10:08 am

To accommodate students or faculty who are unable to attend class in person for an extended period of time due to quarantines, or in the event that in-person classes are suspended unexpectedly, the following guidance is designed to help faculty keep teaching.

There are a number of steps that faculty can take to prepare themselves and their students for possible interruptions. You might need to consider:

  • Sharing course materials online
  • Recording lectures for later viewing
  • Facilitating discussions online
  • Accepting and returning work electronically
  • Setting up online quizzes and tests
  • Delivering lectures completely online
  • Holding virtual office hours

Overwhelmed just thinking about it? This guide provides information and methods about moving to distance teaching. No one expects us to become skilled at teaching online overnight! We are aiming here to do our best amidst difficult circumstances, and to accept that this will involve some imperfect workarounds. We’re here to help.

*Note: The language and ideas in this guide were substantially drawn from Michelle Miller’s article, “Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start,” as well as teaching continuity guides at Indiana University, Pepperdine University, North Carolina State, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Connecticut College, and Harvard University.