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Emergencies related to severe weather or a health crisis can result in missed class time for students and instructors. Learning Innovation recommends the following to keep a class going if you or students can’t safely get to class.
- Have a consistent communication strategy to avoid confusion. We recommend using Sakai Email and Announcements if your materials are in a Sakai course site.
- Tell your students where to locate course information online and provide detailed instructions for assignments, online meetings, and technologies.
- Post your syllabus online and update it with course changes as needed.
- Follow best practices to build community and hold online discussions.
Substitutes for class meetings
- Meet virtually over Zoom to hold online real-time, interactive classes and office hours. In Zoom, you can share your computer screen, poll students, live chat, and open breakout rooms for smaller discussions.
- Host phone-based audio conferences for small classes.
- For lab sections, find virtual labs online or arrange for alternative activities in place of the lab.
- If your class meetings traditionally include lectures, you can record a narrated presentation on Zoom or use PowerPoint to narrate slides and share a video. Recording full lectures is not advised, think about how to redesign them.
- Substitute readings or online materials for the missed class period, and follow-up with an online discussion in the Sakai discussion forum or Duke WordPress blogs.
Distributing, collecting and grading student work
- Post documents and course materials online using Sakai or WordPress.
- Track student grades in the Sakai site.
- Use the Sakai Assignments tool or Gradescope to collect, grade and return assignments electronically.
- Use tools like VoiceThread to have multimedia discussions.
- Offer online quizzes, questionnaires or tests where appropriate using tools such as Sakai Tests & Quizzes or Qualtrics.
- Suggest online tools to accommodate group work such as Zoom, Box, Google Docs, and set up Sakai tools for groups.
- Consider how you could incorporate alternative course materials and adapt assignments to suit online learning in case of an extended emergency.