Emergency-Proof Your Course

This faculty academic preparedness guide has been designed to provide Mason faculty with strategies for dealing with instructional options that might be necessary in the event of an epidemic, long-term inclement weather crisis, or any type of disaster that would prevent students and faculty from attending class.

The process of “Emergency-proofing Your Course” will prepare faculty members to use technology in various ways to assist in student learning and engagement when Mason campuses are closed. Through the use of technology, the student learning process can be continued outside of traditional class sessions. This preparedness guide focuses on three key topics:

1) Top 5 Ways to Emergency-proof Your Course,

2) Getting Help with Technology, and

3) Just in Time Videos for Blackboard support.

This emergency toolkit will provide Mason faculty with alternative strategies for:

  • communicating with students
  • distributing documentation
  • delivering lectures and presentations
  • documenting what took place during class
  • collecting assignments and providing feedback
  • administering exams and make-up exams
  • distributing grades

There are many technologies faculty can use to accomplish these tasks. This preparedness guide documents Mason-supported technologies and free and open technologies on the market today.