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In the event of a campus closure or emergency, faculty may be asked to teach their classes remotely. Depending on the circumstances, students might be scattered across the Grand Traverse area, across northern Michigan or in other remote locations. To keep students progressing towards your course learning outcomes you can use a combination of asynchronous and synchronous activities, both delivered online. To assist you in these endeavors, this page will provide guidance and the “how-to” in case you need to move your classes online due to emergency circumstances.

Get Started

  • Identify plans early: Consider addressing emergencies and expectations in your syllabus so your students will know what procedures you will implement
  • Direct your students to the NMC Keep Learning website, a one-stop resource with links to important NMC learning technologies and resources for online access.
  • Communicate with your students right away: Even if you don’t have a plan in place, communicate with your students as soon as possible to let them know about the changes coming. Let them know your expectations for checking email and Moodle, and you will send them more detailed plans soon. Please emphasize that communication will come to their NMC email.
  • Focus on course learning outcomes: If necessary, adjust activities that contribute to the outcomes and keep students on track.
  • Maintain normal course scheduling: As much as possible, maintain your normal course schedule and activities. Use synchronous tools, like Zoom, to hold class meetings and activities but do not penalize students who cannot participate due to illness, taking care of sick loved ones, lack of Internet access, or a similar factor. 
  • Rearrange course activities: If needed delay those activities where face-to-face interaction is most crucial.
  • Review your syllabus for items that might change: What will have to temporarily change in your syllabus? (Due dates, assignments, policies)
  • Replace physical resources with digital resources from the Osterlin Library Services and Collections. If you are teaching a course with a lab, help students stay on track by providing links in Moodle to YouTube videos, simulations, or provide realistic datasets for students to perform required analyses in place of creating their own datasets.
  • Use tools that are familiar: Keep things simple for you and your students, use NMC supported tools such as Moodle, Ensemble, Google Drive, or Zoom. Explore the teaching@NMC Knowledgebase for simple step-by-step instructions for features of NMC supported tools.
  • Communicate your detailed plan: Once you have more details about changes in your classes, communicate them to students along with information about how they can contact you. Also let them know your timeframe for communications, such as email replies, phone call returns, or availability using Zoom. 
  • Complete the Moodle Basics for Instructors course if you need a refresher on how to use Moodle and its core features like assignments, forums, glossaries, quizzes, and the gradebook.

NMC Supported Tools

NMC’s Ed Tech team provides support for many tools that will help you teach in a virtual setting. In addition to the knowledgebase on the teaching@NMC website, the Tools to Help Facilitate Online Classes webpage will direct you to links and basic information. Please use this page in addition to the other resources.

Getting Help

Several resources are available to you for support during a sudden transition to temporary online teaching. Submitting a help desk ticket to the EMT team is the most efficient way to get assistance. The campus is closed, therefore phone calls to the EMT direct line (5-1070) or individual extensions will go unanswered.


*Thank you to Indiana University, Northwestern University and Pepperdine University for sharing resources.