Rowan Instructional Continuity Plan

Rowan Instructional Continuity Plan

Rowan University Instructional Continuity Plan

This web page contains resources for Rowan University faculty in the event that classroom instruction is disrupted. It has been developed by The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the Division of Information, Resources and Technology and is endorsed by the President’s Office.

Possible reasons for instruction to be disrupted include:

  • Inclement weather
  • Personal illness of instructor
  • Unsafe conditions on campus
  • Pandemic illness
  • Natural disaster

Faculty members who intend to require students to meet work deadlines via electronic submission, even if such deadlines fall during periods of University closure, may want to consider stating this expectation in their syllabi.

Note: It’s important to understand the differences between emergency remote teaching online versus the design and delivery of a course that was always intended to be delivered online. There are similarities and best practices that can be followed in either situation.

In case of emergency, natural disaster, illness, or travel, etc., below are steps to help instructors through the process of preparing to teaching a course remotely and links to helpful ideas and tools. 

Step 1: Notify students

Contact them as soon as possible, even if you do not have a plan in place yet, and establish how you will communicate with them. (See links below for suggestions)

Step 2: Review syllabus and class schedule

Do any changes need to be made? Are there new expectations? Will students need extentions? (See links below for suggestions)

Step 3: Set realistic goals for continuing instruction

What can be accomplished during this time? What tools (Canvas, Word, Google Docs, Zoom, etc) will be used? How will lectures be provided? How will classwork be turned in? (See links below for suggestions)

Step 4: Create any new content and materials, if needed.

(See links below for suggestions)

Step 5: Distribute new content and materials

(See links below for suggestions)

Step 6: Continue to communicate with students

(See links below for suggestions)


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 Updated 12/14/2021

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