Getting Started

Kent State University is committed to keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy.  

All things on this website are specific to the in-person environment during COVID. ​​​​​

A variety of tools, resources, and strategies are provided to aid you in teaching in person or teaching remotely

Teaching Recommendations 

Be reasonable, flexible and equitable in all aspects of teaching

This includes reasonable accommodation for students when they experience illness, temporary internet connection issues, and other distressing events. Equitable approaches to teaching include such considerations as ensuring that students have an equal opportunity to succeed regardless of the mode of attendance.

Design the course to align with desired outcomes

Support these outcomes with activities that reinforce this learning. These activities may be accomplished through individual or group effort. They may occur synchronously during course time, asynchronously outside of a scheduled time, or by any combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods.

Engagement and interaction are key to learning

This includes student feedback, the interaction between students and the instructor, and active learning approaches.

Focus on meeting the essential learning outcomes of your course

Additional demands place an undue burden on students and instructors alike. Streamlining demands on cognitive resources is particularly important when most, if not all of us, are experiencing significant disruption to most aspects of life.

Stay informed with all campus news and updates

For campus notifications, you and your students should receive official notification through Kent State Advisory Updates. Also, make sure to sign up to receive Flash Alerts, Kent State's official emergency text notification system. 

Follow departmental plans

Check with your department for details about expectations for how classes should be conducted. Instructions for handling out-of-classroom settings, such as clinicals or placements in the field, will come from the Chair of your department. 

From Academic Affairs

For a summary of policies, procedures, and guidelines for faculty, visit Academic Affairs Response to COVID19.

For Faculty or Students residing out of the country

Your students should be able to access Blackboard from any country. Countries may block some URLs. For instance, YouTube and Facebook are blocked in China, so some of the links in courses might need to be changed. Students should use direct links to Blackboard ( and Flashline to avoid search engine filtering. 

  • Cell phone connections sometimes work better than wifi. You might suggest the use of the Blackboard mobile app.
  • Download a VPN to computers before for secure access from abroad.