The Keep Teaching pages were designed in response to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic,
which caused a quick shift to online instruction in spring 2020.
These resources may be helpful for any instructor of online courses.
Communicate with your students as soon as possible.
Even if you don’t have details in place yet, contact your students as soon as possible. Let them know that more information is coming and how often you will communicate with them, so they know when to check email and Discovery.
Communicating early and frequently can ease student anxiety and save you time answering individual questions. Visit our FAQs page to help you answer some of their questions.
Review your course goals and schedule.
What is the highest priority for the course (lectures, discussion, your feedback, group work)? How can that still be accomplished? What cannot be accomplished? Does the schedule need to change? Visit our page on examples of how to transition to remote courses.
Keep your teaching philosophy and pedagogy the same as you move to remote instruction. See our tips on maintaining a sense of connectivity with students.
Use systems that are familiar to you and your students.
Unless there is a clear benefit, avoid requiring new technologies and procedures that might be counterproductive for a short period of time. Visit our Help Sessions page for resources.
Make a plan and update your students.
Let them know of changes to the syllabus and how they should contact you.
Clarify expectations surrounding participation, communication, and deadlines. Keep in mind your students’ ability to meet those expectations. Visit our page on talking COVID-19 in class for suggestions on helping your students through this time.
Encourage students to attend virtual office hours.
Tip: Set up an hour window each day where they know you will be available to answer emails immediately.
See our page on advising to get your students ready to register for fall classes.
If you find that you will not be able to complete the current semester/quarter, it is expected that you will make the necessary adjustments to the academic credit granted for work already completed, e.g. “I” grades, completing the semester’s work during summer, etc. All decisions must conform with your institutional policies. Full course credit when the course was not completed would demonstrate non-compliance with Standard 9.2 (Program Length), Standard 10.7 (Credit Hour), and Standard 1.1 (Integrity) of the Principles of Accreditation. Please contact your SACSCOC VP for assistance with this issue.