Academic Continuity Strategies

Online Learning would like to ensure faculty are prepared to continue instruction in the event of campus closure. This page provides instructors with resources to help prepare materials, employ technology and maintain communications to support student learning should the College experience a disruption in service.

Early Planning

Instructors can prepare for unexpected events that interfere with campus attendance.

Customize this sample Closure Statement:

Should we experience a campus closure or event that requires us to change the format of the course, assignments, deadlines and grading percentages may be revised. Information about modifications in this course will be provided to you via college email.

If the course is not able to meet face-to-face, you should immediately log onto Blackboard and read any announcements. You are also encouraged to continue with assigned readings and other coursework as outlined on this or any revised version of the syllabus.

Some students may not have access to devices that allow them to complete activities modified for online delivery. Be prepared to offer extended deadlines or alternative formats to ensure equity for all students’ success.

Getting Started with Online Instruction

Asynchronous communications take place over time, with students responding to instructor prompts or each other at different times, sometimes over days. Synchronous communication takes place in real time, with students immediately responding to instructors or each other .

Asynchronous options
Synchronous options

Every instructor teaching a credit course has the ability to access and utilize a customizable Blackboard shell. Course shells are automatically available to all students registered in the course section.

Learn how to log in to Blackboard and make sure you establish and maintain contact with your students.

Conducting Class Online

Learn how to move course content into Blackboard, create new online content, and collect and grade student work.


You can deliver various types of course content, materials, and information through Blackboard.

Build Text Content in Blackboard
Enhance Your Class with Online Tools and Content

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Here’s how…

Grade Center Overview
Grading Specific Types of Student Work

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