Asynchronous Delivery

Use asynchronous delivery of lectures, discussion boards, and other course content to accommodate students who may not be able to attend a synchronous online lecture.  Recording your lectures so that they can be archived in your online course will also simplify things for you since you won’t have to worry about make-up work for students who can’t attend

Chunk Lectures

Chunk lectures into short components (10 minutes or less–one concept at a time) so that students with limited internet service can more easily access materials. Intersperse lecture components with discussion board questions or noncredit quizzes to improve student engagement.

Use Consistent Weekly Due Dates/Times

Use consistent weekly due dates/times for the rest of the semester to aid students in keeping track of assignments in the midst of challenging life circumstances. Lean towards more lenient deadlines (e.g., 11:59 pm) to help accommodate students who may be caring for their children during the day.

Send Regular Reminders

Send regular reminders of due dates, participation requirements, upcoming exams or project deadlines, and the like. Let them know that you’re available to help via email, discussion boards, or virtual office hours. This availability will reinforce your commitment and signals to students that you are eager to support them if they need additional assistance.