Recommendations on Transitioning to Remote Instruction

Recommendations on Transitioning to Remote Instruction

1. The Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group has considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in the announcement of several planned changes to the calendar for AY 20/21. With a focus on issues critical to the continued academic progress of our students and the success of our faculty, the committee is especially concerned about the challenges that instructors may face during scheduled and/or unplanned transitions to remote instruction.

2. Given the foregoing, in this document the ACC is providing information and recommendations concerning scheduled and/or unplanned transition to remote instruction.

a. Transition to remote instruction will be needed in the following circumstances:

i. The fall academic calendar has been revised so that all Kent State University classes on all campuses will transition to remote instructions after the Thanksgiving break.

ii.  Any traditional face-to-face class may include students who, for various reasons (e.g., health, ADA accommodation, preference), may be attending a class remotely.

iii. Instructors or students who begin traditional face-to-face classes may later be subject to quarantine or be required to self-isolate and then shift to remote instruction. 

iv. University, local, state and/or federal health officials may determine that the status of the COVID-19 pandemic requires that one or more campuses or one or more buildings must be closed, and all affected classes must transition to remote instruction temporarily or for the remainder of the semester.

b. In preparation for the fall semester and possibly beyond, all instructors who are assigned to teach traditional face-to-face classes should review their schedules as soon as possible and plan for any adjustments that will be necessary when remote instruction begins. 

i. The adjustments to fall course delivery needed after Thanksgiving should be communicated to students in the syllabus. 

ii. Other adjustments to course delivery related to either individual student needs or an unplanned transition(s) to remote instruction should be communicated to affected students in the syllabus, on the course website (e.g., Blackboard), or through email.

iii. Instructors teaching traditional face-to-face classes should familiarize themselves with new classroom technology and other digital resources that are available as they prepare their courses. 

iv. All instructors are strongly encouraged to assess their technology needs as soon as possible. Instructors can request equipment for remote instructions that they may need to deliver their courses from off campus.

v. The ACC has issued detailed guidelines on remote teaching. For assistance with remote instruction, instructors may visit the Academic Affairs Response to COVID-19, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education, and the Keep on Teaching websites which offer a full range of information and services to all instructors. Various training options and individual assistance are available. Instructors can also reach out to their colleagues, chair, director, dean, or regional campus dean for guidance and support. 

3. Given the unique challenges created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ACC recommends that academic administrators and instructors communicate regularly and openly about the challenges of transitioning a traditional face-to-face class to remote instruction. Through this supportive environment, all instructors can facilitate the success of our students as we transition to remote instruction.