Continuity Checklist

Follow these steps and the accompanying resources to prepare for distance education.

  • 1. Create a course completion plan
    • Make a plan for delivering your next three weeks' worth of course material via remote methods. Focus on the essentials, and remember that your goal (for now) is to be "good enough," not "perfect."
    • Reconsider assignment due dates and submission methods. Be flexible in your course policies, as needed.
    • Reconsider your grading requirements, as necessary. For example, if attendance or in-person activities are a component of a student’s grade, start thinking about alternatives.
    • Remember that students may also be feeling anxious and overwhelmed, and consider that as you think about your plan.
  • 2. Communication with students
    • Try not to overwhelm students with frequent emails and large amounts of information.
    • Contact your students and tell them about course changes and how you intend to conduct course activities remotely. You can use course email distribution lists or the class list function in Elearning.
    • Inform your students of the preferred method and timing for course-related communication. For example, Elearning discussion boards, Microsoft Teams, etc. Be honest about when you will respond (for example, "I will respond within 24 hours" or "I will not respond after 6 p.m.")
    • You can request that all students “check in” and confirm that they understand how the course will be facilitated. This can be accomplished via your preferred method - a discussion board, Microsoft Teams message, email, etc.
    • Important: ask students to inform you of any technical challenges and please have them check this page for resources and guides to help during the distance education period.
  • 3. Deliver essential content & materials

    Quick start guides and training sessions are available for a variety of common distance education tasks, including:

    • Setting up your course and organizing content
    • Making sure material meets accessibility needs
    • Conducting live, interactive online discussions and class sessions


  • 4. Access student learning
    • Establish reasonable turnaround time for feedback, based on your course schedule and student needs.
    • Refer to the following guides to learn how to conduct assessments online:
    • Update student grades to reflect their progress toward course completion as of March 16, 2020.
  • 5. Receive ongoing training

    Get more training, resources, and support here.