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Guide to Academic Continuity

Southwestern Oklahoma State University is moving to fully virtual course delivery for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and the entirety of the Summer 2020 semester. The guidance from our public health experts is that this important measure is necessary to protect the health of our community.

This website, intended for faculty at SWOSU, provides suggested actions to implement when making the shift from teaching in a classroom to teaching online.

Support is available for faculty and instructors on any part of the process of maintaining instructional excellence while migrating elements of a course online. To contact support, please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at 580-774-3149 or distance@swosu.edu.

Faculty members are reminded to check Faculty Commons in Canvas for assistance with the many apps that CETL provides, and best practice tips.

CETL has implemented a new support ticket system to assist faculty with their questions on using Canvas, and the many other apps that CETL offers.  Click the following link to access the form:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a8eddfc5a180461cad4d24892b6a2f91 

To monitor official campus updates on COVID-19, go to SWOSU’s coronavirus update page.

The following tips are general strategies and procedures in alternative methods of delivery:

  • Communicate early and often: Have a consistent communication strategy to avoid confusion. Tell your students where to locate course information online and provide detailed instructions for assignments, online meetings, and technologies. Use the Canvas Inbox tool and Announcements if your materials are in Canvas.
  • Consider realistic goals for teaching from anywhere: As you think about continuing instruction online, consider what you think you can realistically accomplish. Do you think you can maintain your original syllabus and schedule? Do you hope students will keep up with the reading? Will you have some assignments to add structure and accountability? How will you keep them engaged with the course content?
  • Review your course schedule to determine priorities: Identify your priorities during the disruption — providing lectures, structuring new opportunities for discussion or group work, collecting assignments, etc. What activities are better rescheduled, and what can or must be done online? Give yourself flexibility in that schedule, just in case the situation takes longer to resolve than initially planned.
  • Review your syllabus for points that must change: Make sure that your syllabus is on Canvas and update it with course changes as needed. Communicate if there have been changes to assignments, due dates, and/or course policies.
  • Reset expectations for students: You will have to reconsider some of your expectations for students, including participation, communication, and deadlines. As you think through those changes, keep in mind the impact this situation may have on students' ability to meet those expectations, including illness, lacking power or internet connections, or needing to care for family members. Be ready to handle requests for extensions or accommodations equitably.
  • Reach out for guidance and assistance: The CETL office and other academic support offices on campus can help you with questions related to Canvas, Zoom, and other methods of teaching online.