Get Ready Now: Communicate your remote teaching plans!

As soon as possible in advance of a potential remote day, clearly communicate with your students your plan for a break in classes. 

Most faculty have a “back pocket” plan for when something goes wrong and class can’t meet for a day. When a college closure decision seems imminent – because of snow forecasts, wildfires, or health emergencies – there’s a chance to brace your students for the potential impact by sharing your plan. That allows students start making plans, too!

We can’t predict what might happen. State a policy that’s true for what you know and would like to do. 

Example messages for students:

  • In the event that campus is not accessible due to weather or health emergencies, I will post all class reading materials, lecture notes, and brief supplementary videos to Moodle. If there are major deadlines during the time when classes can’t meet, I will accept papers by e-mail or through a link on Moodle. If you need to reach me during this time, I will make every effort to check my e-mail at least twice a day.
  • If we can’t meet for a one or two class periods, keep up with the readings! We’ll regroup when classes meet again and adjust our exam schedule as needed. If we can’t meet for more than a week, we’ll have to figure out another plan. Please sign up now to receive text or e-mail messages from me in an emergency…


  • Don’t over promise: If you’ve never done a video lecture before, trying to do one now may be more than you want to tackle! Instead, focus on what’s possible in the short term, and start seeking training now for the long term.
  • Think of what you’ve done before: Most instructors have had to cancel a class or two due to illness or personal emergency before. How did you recover? 
  • Think of what you’ve done before, part 2: Lane’s main campus has been closed for nearly a full week twice in the past few years. What did you do to stay on track then? What could you duplicate at a moment’s notice?
  • Plan ahead: If you promise you’ll be in touch through e-mail, Moodle, text, or another message, test that method in advance.
  • Ask for help: The ATC and your Instructional Design team are happy to assist with figuring out what’s possible and what’s useful. Drop us a line!

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