Strategies for Instructional Continuity

Strategies for Instructional Continuity

In the event of an emergency such as a widespread quarantine or the decision to shut down CUNY campuses to contain the spread of COVID-19, students will face disruption to their personal and academic lives. As such, faculty must make every effort to continue instruction and do so with a sense of flexibility and understanding.

This site provides resources and recommendations for shifting face-to-face classes and/or activities to an online environment.

To stay on top of the latest updates from CUNY and Queens college, please refer to the following pages:

Updates from CUNY: https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/

Updates from Queens College: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Get Started - Faculty Checklist

Be prepared in case a disruption occurs and take the following actions now:

  • You should not decide on your own to alter your class schedule or mode of instruction. Consult with your department chair about your plans to continue teaching in the event of a shut down.

  • If you are unable to come to class now for medical reasons or because of concerns about exposure, please contact the campus health services office at 718-997-2760 or email healthquestions@qc.cuny.edu, and also contact the Office of Human Resources (718-997-4455) to provide documentation.

  • Make sure that you can log into all the Queens College systems that you might need—EMail, Blackboard, Dropbox, CUNYfirst, QC G-Suite, etc...Please keep in mind that some of the resources you will need require a CUNY login while others use a QC username/password.

  • Save your course teaching materials to your QC Dropbox or QC Google Drive accounts where you can access them outside the office.

  • Make sure your students know the best way to reach you (email, voice mail, personal phone, etc.) in the event that the College closes, but instruction continues in a different fashion.

  • Consider that students have differing levels of access to technology and internet connectivity, and that the availability of computer labs, libraries, or other public access points would likely be limited during an event requiring campus closure. Alternate assignments or accommodations may be necessary on a case by case basis.

  • Check your access to technology from off-campus using your personal devices. For example, can you use a personal desktop, laptop and/or mobile device such as a phone or iPad to access QC systems remotely? This is a good opportunity to make sure that all your operating systems are up-to-date and compatible with any software you might use.

  • Test forwarding your office phone calls to your home phone or personal cell phone and changing your office voicemail message.

Getting Started Teaching Online

  1. Start by Reviewing Your Course Activities and selecting the comparable online equivalent to your teaching activity.

  2. Additional advice for teaching online:

  1. Once selected, review the further details on how to implement your specific course using Tools for Promoting Classroom Interaction , Assignments, Tests, and Quizzes , record your lectures and host virtual classrooms.

  2. Communicate the new plan to your students.

  3. If you're feeling lost or need help, please reach out to us! We're here to support you