Strategies for Instructional Continuity

How do you make up class sessions if the campus is closed due to weather or other emergency conditions?

Offering some class activities online can help provide continuity or recover lost class time. Start by reviewing your planned in-class face-to-face activities and consider comparable online activities. The list below should help you find the closest parallels between your in person class activity and the online equivalent.

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Office hours

Video conferencing platforms Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams let you

    • Provide a virtual face-to-face environment

    • Share ideas or resources via screen sharing

    • Record meetings for future review

  • For a lower-tech solution, try Facetime or call students on a landline or a cell phone.

Collaboration/Group Work
  • Use breakout rooms in Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to simulate in-class group discussions.
  • Microsoft Teams is available to active CUNY faculty, staff, and students. Guides: Office 365 Microsoft Teams for Faculty/Staff
  • Office 365 Online (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) for collaborative group work.
    • Instructors can provide inline comments on assignments
    • Students collaborate online to research, analyze, synthesize, and prepare projects;
    • Instructors receive immediate updates and provide guidance to groups.
In class lectures/guest speakers
  • Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Zoom as virtual classrooms or for recording lectures.
  • NOTE: Pre-recorded lectures should be broken up into multiple videos – so that each topic video is shorter than 10 minutes- this helps keep students engaged and on track.
  • TedEd and EdPuzzle allow you to select videos from Youtube or upload your own videos, and insert your questions and quizzes into the video. The instructor can have the quiz automatically graded, giving the students real-time feedback on the relevant topic.
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Zoom allow professors to share their screen, allowing them to share relevant multimedia examples.

Visit our Assessment in a Fully Online Environment page for assessment strategies

Writing practice or reflective writing
Assessing your online course

Evaluate your online course following the Queens College Online Course Evaluation Guidelines. Adapted with permission from the CUNY SPS Online Course Evaluation Rubric.