Course Continuity in Response to COVID-19

Iowa State University has moved all courses to virtual instruction, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 (for official information, see the ISU COVID-19 Updates and resources site) for the remainder of the 2020 spring and summer terms. 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, regularly. 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 your course expectations drastically. How can your current plans be modified with as little cognitive overload as possible?

Quick Start Guide (Instructors)

This Quick Start Guide provides strategies to help faculty continue to teach during this unexpected campus closure.

Read and use the guide

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 Help Button in Canvas on the far left navigation bar icon (found on the left-hand navigation bar in Canvas) to access the support available to you:

ISU Working Remotely

To begin, follow the steps on ISU’s Working Remotely site.

Questions or Internet Issues?

Contact the IT Solution Center at, report an incident or call (515) 294-4000 if you have questions or 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.

Teaching Technology Status

working remotely at ISU