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Online Courses During Covid-19 Emergency

General Tips For FAculty:

  • Review your syllabus and determine what changes need to be made. What are your priorities? Which assignment deadlines and course policies must be changed?  Develop a realistic, achievable plan.
  • Plan to conduct your course asynchronously using Kodiak (or TWEN for Law) to the extent possible.  ("Asynchronous" course delivery means you and your students are not expected to be online at the same time.)
  • Consider adopting a weekly format using all 7 days of the week, e.g. each week starts Sunday, students are expected to review course materials and lecture video by Monday, participate in a class discussion by Wednesday, submit assigned work by Saturday. 
  • Develop a consistent structure, e.g. each week has an overview, learning resources (readings, files, videos, websites), discussion opportunities, tasks/assignments for students to complete, ending the week with a wrap-up summary and assessment.  If possible stick to the same structure every week of your course, but adjust if needed.
  • Leverage Echo360, which allows you to create screencasts (videos of your computer screen with voice narration) that can be accessed via Kodiak.
  • Communicate clearly and frequently.  Remind students of your availability letting them know when they should expect to hear back from you (i.e. within 24-48 hours). Strive to connect with your students daily. Use Kodiak's Announcements to keep your students informed.  Use Kodiak's Classlist to send emails to your students. Consider brief Echo360 recordings instead of typed messages.
  • Keep it simple.  To the extent possible, focus on technologies that are proven, robust, and well understood: Kodiak (or TWEN), Echo360, email.  

Recommended Reading: Quality Matters Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist

The core technology for your online course

Kodiak is the core online teaching technology for all except Law courses.  There's a collection of Quick Guides and Videos at the Kodiak for Instructors page, however new users should start with this list of resources:


Post frequently to keep your students updated on news related to the course.   PDF Quick Guide | Video: Create an Announcement  | Video: Delete and Restore Announcements


Content is the core of your online course.  It's where you structure the course into modules, each of which contains topics, which can be files, videos, links to websites or to other Kodiak tools.  PDF Quick Guide | Video Playlist


The Classlist is a list of your students, and is the best way to send emails to your students.  PDF Quick Guide | Video: Contact Learners via Classlist 


As the instructor, you can use the Assignments tool to create a "folder" where students can upload their work for grading.  Video: Create a simple AssignmentPDF Quick Guide | Video Playlist | 


Kodiak's Discussions tool is a full-featured online forum.  PDF Quick Guide | Video Playlist


Kodiak has a full-featured online grade book.  PDF Quick Guide | Video Playlist


The Quiz tool can be an important element in assessing student work.  PDF Quick Guide | Video Playlist

Create and stream instructional videos

Echo360 is an excellent addition to any online course.  The software allows you to record your voice, your computer display, and/or your webcam to easily create informal videos of you speaking to your students.  A special "External Learning Tools" link can be added to the Content area of a Kodiak classroom to give students one-click access to that course's recordings.  This Echo360 page includes the how-to guides you'll need, but first: