Campus closures due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances may prevent classes from meeting in person. In preparation for such disruptions, please review the following information and consider using distance education technology to continue to provide instruction.
For additional support in adapting your course, please contact WNC’s Instructional Innovation Team: Justin McMenomy, Distance Education Specialist (Justin.McMenomy@wnc.edu), Josh Fleming, Instructional Support Specialist (Joshua.Fleming@wnc.edu), and Denise Frohlich, Director (Denise.Frohlich@wnc.edu).
- Campus Closure Policy: In the event it becomes necessary to close a campus or instructional center due to inclement weather, utility outage, natural disaster or any other reason, every effort will be made to notify students and employees of the closure of a campus or instructional center in a timely manner. See the complete closure policy.
- Plan for disruptions: Check with your department to learn more about their plans/expectations for responding to campus or building closures. Consider how you will address emergencies in your classes. When possible, state in your syllabus how you plan to let students know what procedures you will implement if classes are cancelled. Sample syllabus text:
- Keep informed about the closure or event: Campus closures or emergencies will be reported on our college website (www.wnc.edu).
- Communicate with your students promptly:Communicate with your students as soon as possible to inform them when changes may be coming.
- Review your course schedule to determine priorities: Identify your priorities during the disruption and set realistic goals and outcomes. Providing lectures, structuring new opportunities for discussion or group work, collecting assignments, etc. Give yourself a little flexibility in that schedule, just in case the situation takes longer to resolve than you think.
- Review your syllabus for items that will change: Review and identify items that may change in your syllabus (policies, due dates, assignments, etc.). Inform students as soon as possible for awareness.
- Use Canvas Learning Management System (LMS): As of spring 2020, all WNC courses have a Canvas course shell automatically created each term whether or not instructors regularly plan to use this technology. This practice helps students see all their classes in one place. Please use this system to communicate with your students and share course materials.
- Use Zoom, Google Hangouts and other video technology: These technologies are available for use at different levels.
For additional questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness.
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Zoom and Google Hangouts information will be added