Last updated 08:43 AM, March 23, 2020
If your instructor included expectations for unplanned course interruptions (i.e. inclement weather) in the syllabus, review that information and be prepared. If your instructor has not previously addressed unplanned course interruptions or their outlined procedures do not apply in your current situation, we encourage you to consider the following information as you prepare yourself.
- Know where to get details about the closure or event: You will find latest information on official UM pages such as COVID-19 Update and UM Emergency Information. These are good places to look for information.
- Assess your readiness: Are you able to study from home? Do you have internet at home? Do you have a laptop or home computer to use for school work? Are you comfortable with using technologies to learn remotely such as Blackboard?
- Prepare to Learn: Here are 9 Helpful Tips for New Online Students.
- Watch for communication from your instructor: If an event necessitates a change in course schedule or structure, your instructor will most likely communicate with you that changes may be coming and when and where you should check for more information from the university and from them.
- Follow your instructor’s communication plan: Once your instructor has confirmed details, they will communicate them to you, along with more information about how you can contact them (email, virtual or online office hours, etc.). They may also let you know how soon you can expect a reply. If you have any questions, just ask.
Prepare your study plan
- Consider realistic goals for continuing your study: What do you think you can realistically accomplish during this time period? Do you think you can maintain your original study plan and schedule? Do you have concerns about issues that impact you outside of class?
- Review your course schedule to determine priorities: Identify your priorities during the interruption—what do you need to do now to get ready for the change? How will you manage your time? Will you need help if the teaching format changes? Try to plan early in case the situation takes longer to resolve than originally thought.
- Reach out to your instructor if you need help: Once you have identified potential issues that could interfere with your learning, let your instructor know. While they will be working on adjusting the course to an alternative format, they will appreciate knowing what kind of issues you are facing so they can help you.