Keep Teaching – Asbury University
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Last updated: 3/30/20 9:49am
For the most up-to-date information on institutional decisions please visit:
asbury.edu/covid19plan.

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Getting Started

  • 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 from the absolute minimum to a high-tech move online.  

  • 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.  

A group of faculty and staff are available throughout the semester to answer your questions at facultycoursesupport@asbury.edu and the servicedesk@asbury.edu.

The following are guiding principles for determining who can be on campus. Thank you for your patience.

  • The COVID-19 task force is meeting daily to monitor all updated CDC, Federal, and State guidance. The goal is to manage the risk; it is impossible to eliminate the risk. We are making strategic decisions to put the priority on the safety of faculty, staff and students while doing our best to fulfill our mission.
  • Asbury University is currently operating on a work-from-home model as per the Governor’s request. Our goal is to minimize faculty, staff and students on campus.
  • The spirit by which we are operating is to strongly and severely limit on-campus exposure. Thus, as on-campus work is deemed necessary, we want to honor that with respect to the continuity of our campus. However, we want to limit unnecessary campus exposure as best we can. Moreover, while the future is unpredictable, our efforts today toward this end best assure that we can ALL return to campus sooner.
  • There must be a legitimate reason for an individual to be on campus. All individuals need to receive approval from the appropriate administrator. While on campus, CDC guidelines are being followed to minimize risk. 6-feet apart, wiping surfaces, washing hands, etc.