Should we continue teaching and/or research activities if we decide to dismiss classes?
Yes, consider ways that your college/university can adapt or use alternative teaching methods.
● Review continuity plans, including plans for the continuity of teaching, learning, and research. Implement e-learning plans and distance learning options as feasible and appropriate.
● Ensure continuity plans address how to temporarily postpone, limit, or adapt research-related activities (e.g., study recruitment or participation, access to labs) in a manner that protects the safety of researchers, participants, facilities, and equipment.
● Consider the following approaches:
(a) Use of existing infrastructure and services (e.g., Blackboard, Skype, Zoom) to support the efficient transition of classes from in-person to distance-based formats. This may include using strategies such as faculty check-ins, recorded class meetings or lectures, and live class meetings.
(b) Other student support services such as online library services, print materials available online, phone- or Internet-based counseling support, or study groups enabled through digital media.
● Institutes of higher education should determine, in consultation with their university system:
(a) How to convert face-to-face lessons into online lessons and how to train faculty to do so.
(b) How to triage technical issues if faced with limited IT support and staff
(c) How to deal with the potential lack of students' access to computers and the Internet at home or in temporary housing.