Planning for Higher Education Journal

Planning for Instructional Continuity

Develop a Communication and Implementation Strategy Before a Short-Term Class Disruption Happens
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From Volume 49 Number 1 | October–December 2020
By Shawn Krahmer, MDiv, MA, PhD, Ginette McManus, PhD, and Rajneesh Sharma, PhD, FRM

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Saint Joseph’s University

When a class is cancelled because of weather, faculty unavailability, IT outage, power outage, or pandemic-related closure, it can result in a loss of instruction. This article details best practices for instructional continuity for many short-term disruptions. Different types of short-term disruptions are identified, as well as how they impact instruction based on course modality. Finally, the article suggests responses for the circumstances, provides a pathway to collaborate with faculty to create a best practices guide for instructional continuity, and shows how to develop a communication and implementation strategy for the plan to reset expectations about instructional disruptions.

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