Communicate clearly that in case of class cancellation, prolonged absence will not impact students’ grades. Such a statement may be of particular importance when student participation contributes significantly to the overall course grade.
Outline how you expect students to communicate with you and how you will communicate with them. For example, instruct students to check your Sakai course site for timely announcements and updates; use the UD POBox to send e-mail alerts to your entire class.
- Make-Up Policy of Missed Work
Students should be provided with reasonable opportunities to make up examinations and other work missed because of class cancellation. State a feasible make-up policy and consider online submission of student work (e.g., e-mail, UD DropBox, Sakai Discussion Forum).
- Continuation of Instruction
Include a personal statement in your syllabus to assure the students that you’ve carefully considered how to support their learning in case of disruption. Describe how you will continue to teach the class from a distance and outline the students’ respective responsibilities.
- Course Calendar (list of topics, assignments, readings, exams, due dates)
Given your student learning goals and sequencing of course material, think about what learning activities, and assignments may be conducted in alternate form. Allow adjustments and stress that the calendar is subject to changes to better meet the needs of the class. Remind the students that they are responsible for the material during such an adjustment. For example, This is a tentative schedule. I will give you advance notice concerning any adjustments. You are responsible for the material presented as part of the adjustment.
- Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) Support
Discuss with your TA(s) how he/she can most effectively and efficiently assist you and your students in the event of class cancellation. Make sure your TA has access to the Sakai course site – adding a TA to your site. Within the context of their current teaching roles, assign specific instructional responsibilities and determine means of communication, e..g., facilitate Sakai Discussion Forum, respond to student e-mail, upload lecture materials, use Sakai Chat Room to hold office hours online, provide feedback on student work.