Faculty Guide: Transition to Remote Instruction

To help prepare for a shift to remote course delivery in the event of an emergency disruption, please review the following Instructional Continuity Plan for face-to-face, hybrid, and online classesTo provide instructors with tools to keep teaching remotely, please view the technology resources on this page, including online learning activities guides, technology support for instructors, technology support for students, and more. 

Plans for face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes

Face-to-face instructors

Create a plan to temporarily deliver instruction remotely using the DVC Canvas learning management system (LMS) if the college faces emergency disruptions.  All classes have a Canvas shell that can be accessed at dvc.instructure.com.  Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure your Canvas site is published. See the Canvas Instructor Guide: How do I publish a course?
  2. Decide how you will deliver your course remotely. Will it be synchronous (i.e. meetings happen during your regularly scheduled class time through Zoom conferencing in Canvas)? Will it be asynchronous,(i.e. pre-recorded lectures and/or other online learning activities via Canvas modules)? Or a combination of the two?
  3. Review the Technology Tools Quick View and Online Learning Activities Guides for guidance for delivering instruction remotely and division-specific examples.
  4. Make a communication plan to inform students how you will continue to communicate with them via Canvas and/or email. View sample communication plans for asynchronous and synchronous course delivery.  
  5. Ask students to have a plan to access Canvas at home. (smart phone, tablet, laptop, computer) Please plan to accommodate students who may experience difficulties due to the emergency.  (Please guide students to our Student Guide: Transition to Remote Instruction for technology requests and resources.)
  6. Identify course materials your students will need access to during the emergency period (syllabus, readings, assignments, handouts, slideshows, etc.).  Please upload these materials to Canvas, and let your students know where they can find this information.  
  7. Please note that all class content needs to be accessible to students with disabilities in your class when you post it. (See Accessibility Resources for more information.)
  8. View additional technology support for instructors and technology support for students below.

Hybrid Instructors

Create a plan to temporarily move fully online in the event of an emergency disruption, leveraging your published Canvas site for additional instruction with students.  Be sure to:

  1. Make a communication plan.  Tell students that in the event of an emergency, instruction/communication from you will continue via Canvas. View sample communication plans for asynchronous and synchronous course delivery.  
  2. Please plan to accommodate students who may experience difficulties due to the emergency.  (Please guide students to our Student Guide: Transition to Remote Instruction for resources.)
  3. Review the Technology Tools Quick View and Online Learning Activities Guides for guidance for delivering instruction online and division-specific examples.
  4. View additional technology support for instructors and technology support for students below.

Online Instructors

Online courses can continue as usual.  However, please be sure to:

  1. Communicate with students that online instruction will continue even in the event that campus facilities are closed. 
  2. Please plan to accommodate students who may experience difficulties due to the emergency.

Technology Resources

Technology Tools Quick View

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Communicate with students

Share materials with students

Live Lecture/Live Discussion

  • Live lecture via ConferZoom
  • Virtually share your computer screen or a “whiteboard” to use drawing tools.
  • Recording options available with transcripts.

Pre-recorded Lecture

Create Collaborative Activities

Collect Student Work

Give Assessments

Give Feedback

Virtual or Video Office Hours

Use Library Resources

Online Learning Activities Guides

Technology support for instructors

Many resources exist to support you during this transition.  Visit DVC’s Online Education and Canvas landing page and explore available faculty resources:

    • Communication Plan: please note that during this time, our support staff are experiencing a high volume of emails and calls.  To help direct your question to the right place: 
      • For immediate help with Canvas: 
        • Call the Canvas 24-7 Faculty Helpline: 833-221-7464
      • For additional Canvas course set-up/troubleshooting, contact:
      • For network, InSite, and password support, contact:
      •  For policy or procedural questions related to online delivery, contact:
      • For questions about accessibility, contact:
      • For questions about academic policy during the emergency, contact:
        • Division Dean
      • For questions related to pedagogy, contact:

Technology support for students

You may have students who need help accessing or navigating the technology.  Please guide students to:

Questions

How can Deans and Department Chairs help?

  • Encourage faculty to get training on Canvas and ConferZoom early.
  • Have a plan to work with faculty who may face challenges moving their curriculum content online
  • Upon any emergency closure, we recommend hosting an emergency department meeting via ConferZoom. 
  • Have a plan for a substitute to step in if an instructor falls ill or is unable to continue instruction.