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Instructional Continuity Guidance

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Faculty Instructional Continuity Guidance for In-Person Courses

Planning for instructional continuity during Fall 2022 should consider the potential of students and/or instructors being away from class for short periods due to isolation or illness.

The following recommendations should be considered to the extent possible given the nature and format of each course:



  • Provide course content, assignments, and assessments on Canvas
    • Posting of course materials online is beneficial for seamless integration between in-class and out-of-class learning. This becomes even more essential for students who experience an absence due to illness or another extenuating reason.
    • Inclusion of as many materials as possible at the beginning of the semester is desirable; updating Canvas materials regularly also assists in addressing a variety of contingencies
    • When designing courses, the resources provided on Teach Anywhere Best PracticesResources for Instructional Continuity, and Center for Faculty Excellence websites should be utilized to ensure assignments and assessments are suitable for both in-person attendees and those who may need to be absent.
  • Consider flexibility in policies regarding attendance, late work submission, and make-up assessments in the case of illness, isolation, or extenuating circumstances.
  • Include in the syllabus discussion of and links to important policies, including Zoom etiquette (docx), integrity policy, and non-discrimination policy. (download syllabus template)
  • Keep grades up-to-date, ideally in Canvas, and provide regular and timely feedback to students
  • Ensure that TAs, class facilitators, and any other individuals responsible for class, lab, studio, or other student experiences have all necessary resources, including class materials and technology, to conduct their assigned tasks.
  • All online classes should include synchronous online office hours and interactions. It would be beneficial for in-person classes to offer some online synchronous student interaction options such as office hours.
  • Promote open communication with students to foster understanding of how and why the course structure and requirements may change. Changes should be reflected in writing and posted on the Canvas page. Students should be encouraged to share feedback on challenges and concerns they are facing as they navigate the course.
  • Practice proper hygiene in classroom environments. You may also let students know they are welcome to mask if they desire.
  • OU's current guidelines on masking are available on the OU Masking Protocol page.
  • Ensure that you follow college, departmental, and unit guidelines regarding instructional continuity, which may differ due to degree or accreditation requirements and other circumstances