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Instructional Continuity


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As the instructor, you have several options to continue instruction and have class materials available to students in case of faculty or student illness or required isolation, conference or athletics travel, as well as during unexpected events.

These can include holding live or synchronous sessions using Zoom web conferencing, asynchronous activities such as readings, viewing recorded lectures, threaded discussions, and using the library's electronic resources to find digital versions of articles, books, and readings to share in Camino, or other possibilities. Course learning objectives will help determine the appropriate activities for instructional continuity.

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Having a clear communication plan for your students is essential to maintaining continuity for your class. How will you contact students? How should they contact you? Where should students go to find out information about changes to your class? What will be expected of them in the event of a prolonged university closure? 

Here are some suggestions for communicating with students in case of emergency: 

  • Use Camino to post an announcement to the entire class using the Announcements feature
  • Use Gmail to send an email to your entire class or to individual students
  • Use Zoom to host a live video chat with students to replace class discussions
  • Use the Chat feature on Camino to have a live chat discussion with students to replace class discussions
  • Post class-wide announcements on Camino using the Announcements feature to share information
  • Use the Discussion feature on Camino to interact with students asynchronously 

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Uploading content to Camino is a convenient place to store your course content so that you and your students can easily access them throughout the term.

Adding course materials to Camino for students to access in case they cannot meet in person will help you maintain instructional continuity. What materials do you currently share with your students? How can they be converted to an online medium? How will students access them? What will you do if essential class materials are unable to be accessed in an emergency? 

Here are some suggestions in case of emergency: 

  • Convert course lectures to a digital medium that can be shared online 
    • Record your classroom activities/lectures/discussions using Panopto classroom capture.
    • Use VoiceThread to create narrated multimedia slides to recreate lectures or slide presentations
    • Use Zoom to create mini-lectures on your own desktop
    • Record audio-only lectures using your mobile phone
  • Convert classroom handouts and upload to Camino 
    • Convert paper readings to PDF
  • Search YouTube for existing content such as recordings of lab experiments, and assign them to students.
  • Search for streaming videos available through the University Library using this guide

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Once students are able to access your course materials, consider how they can display their understanding of key course concepts. How do you currently assess student work? What changes will you need to make to do so if you can’t collect their work in person? How will new assignments fulfil the course learning objectives? How will you assess their work? 

Try these strategies for students to share their knowledge with you: 

  • Create assignments on Camino to accept online submissions for papers, images, website links, or other files
  • Move your classroom discussions online by using the graded Discussions feature on Camino to generate asynchronous discussion using multimedia
  • Create VoiceThread presentations so your students can leave multimedia comments on your slides using audio, video, or text to add questions or continue discussion.
  • Create quizzes on Camino, or upload essays, to replace in-class tests or summative assessments
  • Create collaborative assignments such as students creating Google Docs to work together
  • Check for understanding by giving students surveyson Camino or Google Forms to conduct formative assessment
  • Encourage students to use their mobile phones to capture images, videos, or audio and upload to Camino or Google Drive
  • Replace classroom presentations by having student use VoiceThread to create multimedia slide presentations
  • Provide students with access to existing data sets and videos on youtube to conduct or review hands-on experiments remotely

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Similarly, you have several options, in addition to those above, to continue instruction in the event of students or faculty are sick or in COVID-isolation, may be traveling (athletes' travel, faculty to conferences), or many other reasons.

  • Zoom into your classroom to teach remotely 
  • Allow sick or traveling students to zoom into the classroom
  • Record your lecture and make it available in Camino
  • Create digital content and assignments


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