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From weather to illness or a family emergency, there are a number of situations that might require you to temporarily take your class online with minimal notice. This guide provides you with key actions and resources to help you make that shift as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

What to Do

Start with OpenLMS/Moodle: Activate your OpenLMS/Moodle course if you have not already done so, and use OpenLMS as a class hub for instructions and communications with your students. Proactively build out your OpenLMS course, focusing first on three essential areas:

    • Revise your syllabus and be sure it is uploaded in the Syllabus section of your course.
    • Be sure all course materials are available and organized logically in sections.
    • Organize and update your gradebook, and be sure to regularly post grades for assignments and assessments.

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Familiarize yourself with CarmenZoom(link is external), a web conferencing tool. You can use Zoom to record lectures and share with students, communicate with students in real-time, hold small group meetings and discussions and much more. The Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) Resource Center can help you get started with Zoom(link is external). All instructors have access to this tool (by using your University name.#), and it is compatible with a wide range of devices, making it easy to keep teaching and keep connected. Note: COTC Students DO NOT have access to initiate Zoom sessions, they can only attend zoom sessions that faculty have created via CarmenZoom.