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Anything from extreme weather to family emergencies can disrupt scheduled courses. An instructional continuity plan assists faculty with continuing course delivery in the event of a disruption by minimizing the effects of that disruption through remote teaching. Consistency in the learning experience can continue with the use of the tools in your instructional continuity plan. The pace of the course, the material covered, and learning process can all continue undiminished. While all instructors should have an instructional continuity plan for their courses, each plan will differ due to the nature of the course and requirements of the students and instructor.

The first thing to remember is that remote teaching is different from online teaching. Remote teaching is a short-term solution to a crisis which requires you to adapt, as best as possible, your plans for in-person teaching. Do not read about best practices for online learning, as this is not the same situation. Remote teaching is a kind of triage. Some adaptations can be fairly simple, like having students discuss a reading through a discussion board on Brightspace instead of doing so in class. Other adaptations are more extensive, like replacing a quiz, which might be too complex to set up in Brightspace, with a short essay assignment.

We're Here to Help

CAT+FD is here to help. We are now offering virtual workshops on using the various tools available through Brightspace to support remote teaching. We are also on call to help answer questions and respond to unique challenges. Currently, there are always at least two CAT+FD staff members in the office during normal business hours. CAT+FD staff can also be reached by email. We will do our best to respond as promptly as possible. For faculty choosing not to come to campus, we can schedule one-on-one Zoom sessions for more complex problems and needs.

Our training schedule is being updated regularly. Currently, only workshops focused on remote teaching are being offered. All other scheduled workshops have been postponed.

Remote Teaching Toolbox

Although this toolbox was created in preparation for a possible campus closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the spring of 2020, the information within is intended to be useful for any situation, be it a personal family emergency that takes you out of town for a week, a hurricane that causes the evacuation of the city, a pandemic that forces a two-week quarantine, or even just jury duty.

Getting Started

When an event disrupts your teaching -- whether a hurricane, pandemic, or family emergency -- it is important that you have a plan for course delivery to minimize the effects of the disruption. As you get started, make a realistic plan, stay up-to-date on the details of the event and communicate your plan to students as soon as possible.

Teaching Remotely

As you begin to teach your classes remotely, consider what you already do in your course. You will not be able to recreate your classroom, so don't expect that you can. But think about ways to mimic that online.

Additional Resources

Once you have your plan in place, you may want to consider other ways to provide more for your students. We've cataloged a number of web sites and documents to help you learn more about the tools and methods you can use to engage students remotely.

Icon of a plus sign in a circle Getting Started
Teaching RemotelyCompassion and Self-CareDiscipline-Specific Resources
Additional ResourcesCAT Unleashed Workshops
Contact the CAT+FD Staff
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