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Center for Teaching & Learning: Instructional Continuity

Supporting the MCPHS faculty and staff in their commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning

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Additional Reading

Explore a collection of resources to help guide you through the transition to remote teaching:

Getting Started!

In the event of a prolonged University building or campus closure, you may need to continue course instruction via online delivery methods.  The University provides an array of technologies to support academic activities outside of the traditional classroom, and we invite you to explore and begin building your own course continuity plan.

When you are developing your course continuity plan, there are several factors to consider:

How long should I plan for?

A great plan includes short-term and long-term solutions.  Start small and plan out 1 class, then think about how you'd prepare for longer events!

Do you know where you'll find information? Do your students?

Communications related to large-scale closures or events will be released via the University's RAVE Alert system

Be sure you include appropriate language in your syllabus EVERY semester to address the possibility of rapid course delivery changes.  Let your students know that in the unlikely event of a major closure, you're ready to help them continue academically -- and they should be ready to continue learning!

Sample syllabus addendum language:

If normal class and/or lab activities are disrupted due to illness, emergency, or crisis situation, the syllabus and other course plans and assignments may be modified to allow completion of the course. If this occurs, an addendum to your syllabus and/or course assignments will replace the original materials.  

Don't forget to ensure your contact info via the RAVE Alert system is updated (if you've updated your phone, etc.) so that you can receive timely alerts and remind your students to ensure they've updated their info as well. 

Know what's expected of you!

Be sure you're aware of any departmental or program-specific contingency planning expectations.  Work to align your course planning with those objectives to ensure a consistent experience for your students.

Communication! Communication! Communication!

Unexpected changes can cause stress on us all.  Mitigate some of that by being proactive with your communication plan.  Even if you don't have a full contingency plan in place, outreach to your students to inform them that you're preparing.  Remind them that they are required to check their MCPHS email account and access their Blackboard courses regularly (provided they have access to sufficient technology).  

Let's explore strategies to help you build out your plan!

Navigate into our Strategies for Success guide to learn more about opportunities to extend your instruction beyond the classroom.


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