When there is limited time for preparations to be made for instructional continuity, follow the steps below.

First, immediately let your students know that you will be expecting something of them on the day class would normally be held. Send students an email, use the Canvas inbox, or post an update on your course Announcements page.

After getting in touch with your students, determine the level of instructional continuity that you are comfortable with on short notice. Some options are listed below in ascending order of effort:

Assign Extra Work

You can simply assign additional reading, assignments, or projects for the students to do (individually or collaboratively) on the day that class is cancelled.  This can be posted for your students via your preferred method of communication.

Record a Lecture

Go to the Video Tools for Teaching Guide for help choosing a video tool. Each “I would like to” link provides tool advice for a given situation, and each product link leads to the information page about that tool.

  • If you are already using Canvas for a course, you can use the Kaltura media tools to capture video and share it with students.
  • If you are familiar with WebEx and have the software installed, you can use it to record a video and then share a link to it.
  • If you are familiar with Echo360, activate the tool in your Canvas course site and use Echo360 Personal Capture software to record and share a screencast. Learn more about Echo360 Personal Capture.
  • Outside of an LMS, Kaltura Capture can be installed and used by any faculty member with no need for a license or ID. It can be used to capture video and post it to Kaltura’s MediaSpace, which makes it available in Canvas as well.
  • Box Capture is an iOS app which anyone can install on an Apple device.  You can then login with your Tufts Box login info, capture video, and send it out via Box.
  • Quicktime Player, which runs on Apple computers, will let the user capture video. Video is stored locally on the machine. It can then be uploaded via Kaltura’s MediaSpace, and then the link can be shared.
  • If you use an iPad, you can record your screen and microphone while using any iPad app. The video file is saved to your Photos, and it can be uploaded via an iOS app (like Box or Echo360) or synced with your computer and uploaded to Kaltura or Canvas. 

Hold an Online Session

You can use WebEx to hold an online session and deliver a lecture in real-time (see Faculty WebEx cheat sheet and direct your class to the Student WebEx cheat sheet). This option works best with advance planning. Consider holding a practice session with your students to troubleshoot any audio issues.