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Salem Online Teaching for Faculty: Planning

Campus Contacts for Faculty

  • Questions about moving and conducting courses online (e.g. Moodle, Google Classroom or Meet, etc.)? Make an appointment ASAP with Paula Young in CTEI or email
  • Questions about IT issues (e.g. device support, software, VPN, etc.)? Contact IT at
  • Questions about library resources (e.g. resource links, authenticating off campus, contacting a librarian, etc.)? Email You can also contact your department's liaison librarian.

Make a Plan

As you develop your plan for teaching remotely, find out what the expectations are for you and your course. Check with colleagues and your department chair as well; they may provide more details, guidelines, and expectations for class continuity. 

Step 1. Communicate

Step 2. Create

Step 3. Deliver

Step 1: Communicate

Be proactive in communicating with your students. Even if your plans are not finalized, you can let them know changes are coming.

Establish Communication

Share your expectations and tell students how to reach you. Be specific about times you are available and encourage students to stay engaged. Communicate proactively and let students know how quickly they can expect a response from you.

  • Moodle Announcement Forums. Announcement forum at the top by default. If you post there, it will go out to all students enrolled in your course via email. This is a great way to send out timely updates so that you can be sure that all of your students are up to date.
Share Information

Create a place for students to ask and answer questions. Make sure students know to contact you privately regarding personal or grade related questions. Here are some tools you can use:

Create Virtual Office Hours

Make yourself available to students virtually. Be sure to communicate your schedule and expectations. Questions to consider include: must students schedule ahead of time, and if so, is there a shared document where students can sign up? Google Hangouts Meet or Zoom are tools you can use. Here are some tips:

Step 2: Create

Flexibility is key when moving your course online quickly. Focus on your course goals and try to minimize the use of new tools. 

Update Syllabus

Update your syllabus to include details of how the course will change if it becomes necessary to teach your course remotely. Consider what adjustments need to made (changes to assignments, due dates, goals, class schedule)

  • Evaluate your teaching needs. How will you adapt your content quickly? Have you scheduled a consult with CTEI?
  • Evaluate technology needs, for example what access do you and your students have to internet access, computers, mobile devices when not on campus.
  • Set reasonable goals for continuing instruction. Determine how closely you can follow your syllabus, while also being realistic about what can be accomplished.
Adapt Content

Here are some options for delivering content remotely:

Use Familiar Tools

Avoid introducing unnecessary new tools. Low-tech solutions are ok! If email works best for you, use it. Be sure to test any tool that you want to use before trying it with students.

Ensure Accessibility

Course accessibility is not only required, but it is also helpful to all students. For questions about accessibility issues, contact Ida Davis, the Director of Academic Support and Disability Services. Online resources include:

Step 3: Deliver

As you implement your plan, remember to be flexible and communicate often. If possible, use the applications that you have already been using in your course to maintain continuity. 

Share and Collect Materials

Other tools may be used for assignments, but keep in mind that student records are restricted data and only approved platforms should be used. It is the responsibility of the instructor to keep student grades up to date so that these can be submitted at the end of the semester. 

Consult with CTEI

Book a consultation with Dr. Paula Young of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation to prepare for remote delivery of course material.

Faculty Contacts

In addition to consultations with CTEI being available, the following faculty members have offered to assist colleagues with remote delivery preparations:

Selected Readings

Copyright & Remote Delivery

Do you have questions about copyright and how it impacts remote delivery of instruction?