In response to the developing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), University of Waterloo has plans to help instructors adapt their current plans and teaching strategies to make the best of things in a difficult or unexpected situation. This site identifies strategies and resources to help you keep your class running during such disruptions and will continue to evolve.
We recognize that teaching remotely is not a simple thing, and that the learning curve for many faculty and students may be high. Overall, we are recommending approaches that make use of our existing infrastructure. Some will prefer other tools and platforms, which we may address in FAQs if the need arises, but for now, our focus is to optimize campus use of LEARN and its embedded tools. You may request a LEARN shell for your course by going to the LEARN course request tool.
As unanticipated issues arise in your class, remember that you have a support network. In addition to colleagues who may be working through similar challenges, consult your CTE Liaison, or reach out for help with technology tools from email@example.com to access ITMS and CEL support, or consult the LEARN help site. Accessibility Services is also available to help you meet the accommodation needs of students.
Finally, the same approach may not work for everyone during times of significant disruption or changing circumstances. Ask students to communicate issues or barriers they encounter (e.g., illness, lack of internet connectivity, technical issues, needing to care for family members, etc.), and be prepared to consider accommodations equitably.
Some information included in this site has been adapted for the University of Waterloo with permission from Indiana University.