- Web Conferencing
- Classroom Assessment Techniques
- Student Polling Devices
- Continuity of Instruction
- Flipped Classroom
- Online Discussions
- Peer Instruction
- Instructor-to-Student Interaction
- Online Accessibility
- Online Assessment
- Small-Group Work
- Student-to-Student Interaction
- Teaching Millennials
Continuity of Instruction
RIT is committed to the continuity of instruction (also called academic continuity) in the event of an emergency disruption that may result in the suspension of all activities, including face-to-face classes on RIT campuses. To prepare for any significant disruption in classes, ranging from closure due to weather or a public health emergency, to a campus evacuation or closure, all RIT instructors should have a plan in place to:
- Consider and prepare for disruptions
- Organize your course materials electronically before the start of classes and communicate with students during normal operations
- Conduct classes during a disruption by using online communication technologies
What Can You Do?
Planning for Continuity with Instructional Design
Use ILI Supported Tools for Key Aspects of Your Continuity of Instruction Plan
- Use myCourses as the "home base" for your class. Use the Assignment, Quiz, and Discussion tools as a digital alternative to physical assessments or face-to-face interaction.
- Use the Content tool in myCourses as a central location for posting syllabi, course schedules, assignment instructions, lecture notes, presentations, lab activities, and links to external web resources.
- In a shift to alternate modes of instruction, survey students regarding their access to technology and the strength of their Internet, whether they have a quiet place to study and participate in your classes. Consider their responses as you implement your continuity of instruction plan.
- Encourage students to set up notifications in myCourses to be alerted by email or text when you make updates to your course. Tutorials: text instructions, video tutorial, or ASL instructions.
- This blog post from ILI describes other methods for ensuring continuity of instruction using a variety of digital tools.
- Consult the list of academic technologies supported by the ILI and links to documentation.
Include a Communication Policy in your Continuity Plan
Leverage RIT Libraries' Online, Discipline-Specific Resources
Where Can I Get Help?
- The Innovative Learning Institute provides advice on course design, and consultation and support for captioning audio materials, putting course materials in myCourses, and creating online teaching and learning environments
- RIT Libraries provides assistance with identifying online curriculum resources, using research databases, and putting course materials on electronic reserve
- RIT emergency information is RIT's online resource for emergency preparedness and response on campus including RIT Alert communication options
- Business Continuity oversees development of campus-wide programs and plans that enable RIT to respond to incidents and return to normal operations quickly
- 10 Tips for Success from New Online Teachers--advice on online teaching from faculty, for faculty.
- A Guided Tour of the Demo Online Courses--this post provides an overview of six example online courses and how to get access to those courses and other resources.
- Building Academic Integrity into Your Course--this post describes strategies and tools for online quizzes and exams.
- Building Inclusive Communities in All Modes of Instruction--building a classroom community is critical for learning; this post provides strategies.
- Course Design as Teaching Presence in Online Courses--this blog post describes strategies for effective online teaching.
- Teaching in the A/B Mode--this post summarizes a panel held in October of 2020. While it is helpful for understanding the complexities of the A/B mode, the participants also discussed their instructional choices, successes, and challenges in a way that is relevant for teaching in all modes.