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Academic Continuity

In addition to the resources below, faculty may also want to consult the “Keep on Teaching” site curated by the Faculty Development Center (FDC).

As UMBC prepares to offer all SU2020 courses in an online format, DoIT’s Instructional Technology team is pleased to introduce Planning Instructional Variety for Online Teaching (PIVOT), a new professional development program for instructors who wish to take a more deliberate and holistic approach to preparing their courses for remote, synchronous and asynchronous, online instruction.

View the PIVOT Webinar Series Recordings


Whether classes are postponed due to weather, illness, utility and infrastructure, or other emergency, DoIT offers many resources beyond Blackboard to support academic continuity and getting students connected online. Know which instructional technologies you can use in your Go Online (GO) Kit to maintain academic continuity when your class cannot meet in person.

View the GO Kit webinar recording from March 11, 2020.
Read our GO Kit series on myUMBC. Get virtual drop-in support

Stay informed: Visit UMBC’s COVID-19 website for updated information & guidelines.

Preparation Checklist

Before the first snow storm or emergency cancels your class, think about how you can work around disruption. Use our handy GO Kit checklist to prepare your course and instructional materials.

Engagement Strategies

UMBC offers a number of ways to communicate with students. Review your options and pick one or two that will work best for you and your course. Also, you can steer them to DoIT’s Student Technology Resources for help getting online.

Assessment Tips

Adapting your assignments for online may be easier than you think!

Available Tools & Resources

Blackboard is just one tool available in your GO Kit. UMBC offers cloud storage, web conferencing, video recording and streaming, and assessment security among many other software downloads.

Examples from Faculty

Have you found a way to keep your students on track when classes cannot meet? Share your tips, suggestions, and lessons learned with your colleagues. Identify your Academic Continuity Ambassadors.

Getting Help

Find out where to help for your technology questions or how to take your course online to support your student learning in an emergency.

Check for information about inclement weather & emergency delays/closures:

Stay informed: Visit the UMBC COVID-19 website for updated information and guidelines.