Academic continuity planning

Academic continuity planning

Academic continuity planning begins with you asking yourself questions about the preparedness of you, your students, and your course for an emergency scenario.

As you create your plan, use the questions below to think about how you will address continuity for each of the teaching activities in your courses.

Communicate with students

  • When will you communicate with students and how often?
  • What tool (or tools) will you use to communicate with students and how will you use it (or them)? What will your initial communication to students look like? How is course continuity addressed in your syllabus? 

Distribute course materials and readings

  • What course materials are likely to be affected (schedules, syllabus, etc.)?
  • How will you make students aware of changes in course materials and readings?
  • What tools will you use to distribute this content?

Deliver information through lectures and presentations

  • Which lectures and/or presentations in your course will be affected during a crisis?
  • How will you deliver these if you cannot meet face-to-face?

Foster communication and collaboration among students

  • How will you foster collaboration in your course over time?
  • In what ways can you foster student-to-student communication?
  • How will you make students accountable for group work done at a distance?

Collect assignments

  • What types of files will students be required to submit?
  • How will you collect assignments?
  • What accommodations to assignments might you have to make for students?

Assess student learning

  • What exams and other assessments will be affected?
  • How will you deliver and collect responses to those assessments?
  • Which assessments will need to be converted to projects, papers, or other modes of delivery?