Contingency Plans for Teaching and Learning


In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies that result in campus closures, faculty should prepare alternative means for delivering instruction to students remotely. Instructors must plan how to provide resources, communicate, collect student work, administer exams, and modify grading in light of changed course requirements (sequence of course topics, assignment deadlines, number of assignments, etc.). Refer to the following resources to learn more; if you have questions, contact the Online Learning Department.

Contingency Plans and Resources

Training Resources – Classes and Webinars

Faculty who would like to learn more about teaching online may enroll in courses provided by the following educational companies for free!

Educational Technology Webinars

Faculty may attend free Remote Instruction from Basics to Advanced webinars hosted by the Blackboard company through this registration link.

Pivoting to Online Teaching: Research and Practitioner Perspectives

Given recent global developments related to COVID-19, colleges and universities have rapidly shifted to move teaching online.  In this FREE online course offered through EDX by the University of Texas at Arlington, participants will explore research-informed, effective practices for online teaching and learning in post-secondary institutions. For support, contact

Innovative Educators – Online Teaching Series

Through the Innovative Educator’s website, faculty may take advantage of free on-demand training to review principles of online course design, teaching strategies, and online support tools.  See the Innovative Educator’s Webinar Catalog to see their schedule and register for their webinars. For questions, contact

Recorded Webinars

Blackboard Basics I and II – Moving Online Quickly

Creating Assignments and Assessments in Blackboard

Teaching Remotely – Blackboard Learn Basics

YuJa Video Platform Overview – Recording & Sharing Videos

Guide to Building Mobile-Friendly Content

Getting Started with Teaching a Virtual Class

Career Essentials Assessment

Getting Started with SmarterProctoring

How a Student Completes a Test with SmarterProctoring

Additional Resources


Tips and Tools for Online Teaching

Collaborate Ultra Resources