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In the event that on-campus, face-to-face teaching is limited, instructors need to be prepared for alternative methods of course delivery.

  • Reflect on Purpose and Student Support. During times of crisis,faculty support is the most vital role. Prioritize communication. Be flexible. Attend to the emotional needs of students and identify realistic learning objectives. While doing so, be sure to take care of yourself and your family.
  • Begin preparation in advance. Be clear and concise with students in advance of specific emergencies. Let students know ahead of time what the plan will be in the event that campus is closed. Consider alternative methods for course delivery and assessment.
  • Stay informed about the event. For COVID-19, stay informed with University Updates.
  • Communicate early and often: Have a consistent communication strategy to avoid confusion. Tell your students where to locate course information online and provide detailed instructions for assignments, online meetings, and technologies. Refer to SDSU Instructional Technologies for Emergency Teaching & Learning.
  • Consider realistic goals for teaching from anywhere: As you think about continuing instruction online, consider what you think you can realistically accomplish. Do you think you can maintain your original syllabus and schedule? Do you hope students will keep up with the reading? Will you have some assignments to add structure and accountability? How will you keep them engaged with the course content? Consult with the Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (Public Website)and/or Instructional Design Services (Public Website) as needed.
  • Review your course schedule to determine priorities: Identify your priorities during the disruption —providing lectures, structuring new opportunities for discussion or group work, collecting assignments, etc. What activities are better rescheduled, and what can or must be done online? Give yourself flexibility in that schedule, just in case the situation takes longer to resolve than initially planned.
  • Review your syllabus for points that must change: Make sure that your syllabus is on D2L and update it with course changes as needed. Communicate if there have been changes to assignments, due dates, and/or course policies.
  • Reset expectations for students:You will have to reconsider some of your expectations for students, including participation, communication, and deadlines. As you think through those changes, keep in mind the impact this situation may have on students' ability to meet those expectations, including illness, lacking power or internet connections, or needing to care for family members.
  • Create a more detailed communications plan: Once you have details about changes in the class, communicate them to students, along with how and when they can contact you (email, online office hours, etc.). Students will have questions, so let them know how and when they can expect to receive a reply from you.