Iowa State University has decided to move all courses to virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 (for official information, see the ISU COVID-19 Updates and resources site). This CELT Course Continuity in Response to COVID-19 page will provide instructors with some actions to take when making that shift quickly.
To make the course run smoothly during times of emergency, focus on the most critical elements you need to put in place to meet your short-term instructional objectives. Most importantly, instructors must continue to communicate with students, either individually or collectively on a regular basis. This communication can be via Canvas, conference calls, or other means. Personal social media for course content is discouraged because of FERPA concerns.
Focus on asynchronous methods as not all students will have equal access to high-speed internet.
Remember, this is a time of disruption and stress for us as instructors (and our students). Communicate your plans – and do not change drastically your course expectations. How can your current plans be modified with as little cognitive overload as possible?
Know where to go for help at ISU
Our ISU Campus Partners are here to help, call us through the CELT Response Team 515-294-5357 (Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.). We have staff across campus willing to assist. If needed, the campus partners will meet with you virtually using Webex.
Additionally, you may wish to contact one of the support units directly. Please note which program, department, or college each unit serves and contact the unit for your area.Call CELT Response Team 515-294-5357
24/7 Canvas Support
All 24/7 support options may be found by clicking the ? Help icon (found on the left-hand navigation bar in Canvas) to access the support available to you:
Uncertainty strains our mental, physical, and emotional resources. Much like scheduled Canvas, Webex, and Zoom maintenance
Some Zoom users are experiencing what is being called ‘Zoombombing,’ in which non-students join your Zoom
This teaching tip includes answers to the most frequently asked instructor questions as well as Canvas
To begin, follow the steps on ISU’s Working Remotely site.
Questions or Internet Issues?
Remote Location Internet Issues?
Contact your local internet provider. Follow suggestions on ISU’s Working Remotely site. Notify your students or instructor if you continue to have issues.