Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

When conducting an emergency shift from face-to-face or in-person learning to online learning for your students, be sure to communicate any and all changes that will take place based on the best practices below, including any changes to expectations, grading, course schedule, due dates, assignments, and formats or methods of conducting quizzes/exams, discussions and assignments. It may be effective during this transition to communicate this out and post it in multiple places such as through email, course announcements and creating a course changes section in the Brightspace/D2L course shell for students to see when they log into the course. 


Developing a communications plan

It is critical to keep in touch with your students during an emergency situation such as an outbreak of COVID-19. Communicate with them early and often.

Alternative Assessment

Exams can be challenging in an online teaching/learning situation. There are ways to minimize academic integrity violations while still ensuring that the exam accurately reflects student learning.

Teaching Labs Online

One of the biggest challenges of teaching during a building or campus closure is sustaining the delivery of instructional laboratories. 

Organizing Content

Learn how to establish a pattern of learning where students can log into the course, know where to find everything they need. 

Course Materials

Providing additional and/or different course materials to support transitioning from a face-to-face to an online course.

Online Lectures

Deliver lectures through real-time synchronous web conferencing sessions or by recording a video using lecture capture software. 


Assignment tool allows students to submit assignments in Brightspace/D2L without having to visit a classroom or send through email. 


Creating and facilitating online discussions and student collaboration

Teaching from Home

Tips for transitioning teaching and scholarly activities from campus to home

Other MSU Resources to Help with your Online or Blended Courses

Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities

In this webinar, Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood are presenting some salient trends and issues that complicate the experiences of diverse community college learners in online courses and propose equity-minded teaching and learning strategies for faculty teaching online courses. This webinar is free to the public and is hosted by the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA).