Review Your Expectations
As you think through the changes you will need to make to your course, consider the impact that the circumstances surrounding an emergency closure may have on students’ ability to meet expectations, including illness, lacking power or internet connectivity, or needing to care for family members.
Be ready to handle requests for extensions or accommodations equitably.
Identify your priorities during the campus closure, such as providing lectures, structuring new opportunities for discussion or group work, and collecting assignments. Which activities are better rescheduled and which can be done online?
Use the Canvas Mobile Teacher and Student Apps
Use the Canvas Mobile apps to maintain access to your courses even when you are away from your computer. The Canvas Teacher App and Student App are available for download free from the Apple® App Store or Google Play.
Test Your Computer Equipment
- Make sure you have tested your access to the following equipment at home:
- Laptop or desktop computer.
- Microphone – this may be built into your laptop or computer, or you may use an external device such as a USB microphone or headphones.
- Webcam – a camera may already be built into your laptop, but you can also use an external USB camera for video conferencing.
- Internet – either commercially provided (ex. EPB, Comcast, AT&T, etc), or a wireless hotspot through your mobile phone.
- Consider keeping copies of important digital files on a cloud-based storage solution such as Office 365 OneDrive.
Phones and Voicemail
You can choose to forward your office line to your home or cell phone. If you choose not to forward your office line, make sure you check your voice mail on a regular basis.