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Flu-proofing your course

Feb 5, 2010

Flu-Proofing Your Course: Planning Your Course to Anticipate Student Absences

Because there is a possibility that either you or many of your students may be absent from your course during the semester due to flu-related illness, it is important to develop contingency plans so that the course can continue and the students can complete essential components of the course. These contingencies can be reflected in your syllabus in areas of assignments, alternative in-class participation requirements, attendance and make up requirements, course calendar, and communication arrangements. 

Jan 11, 2010

Flu-Proofing Your Course: Student Presentations

If flu strikes, there are several options that will allow your students to give presentations, either to you or to everyone in the class. 

Oct 30, 2009

Flu-Proofing Your Course: Lecture Sessions

If you're unable to present your lecture in class due to the flu, there are several solutions for presenting and/or recording your lectures. Some of these solutions include using Elluminate Live!, free video services, or Rich Media. As an alternative, you can contact the NCSU Libraries and set up a list of additional readings or media viewings for your students. 

Oct 23, 2009

Flu-Proof Your Course: Assignments

An assignment is due in your course, but a student is ill and unable to attend your class to submit it. What are you (and your student) to do? One obvious solution is to use email. You could direct your students to email their assignments to you as an attachment. While this is easy to… 

Oct 15, 2009

Flu-Proof Your Course: Discussions

Coursework in a university depends on a constant dialogue among students and faculty.  Your class depends on the interaction and engagement of your students, and getting students involved in class discussions is important.  But, if illness makes it impossible for some of your students to attend class sessions, how do you keep them engaged and… 

Sep 21, 2009

“Flu-Proofing” a Course: Where do you start?

As stories related to H1N1 continue to appear in places as varied as our own Technician and in Inside Higher Education, the possibility of social distancing(at worst) or students (or you) missing more class than usual due to the flu (at best), may come to mind.  The flu may take a week, or more, to…