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Essentials for Successful Online Instruction

We condensed many of the ideas and best practices around online instruction discussed in our 6-week pedagogy course, "Bricks, Clicks, and Learning" to provide a basic set of guidelines to work from in considering virtual instruction for your courses.

Guide: Essentials for Successful Online Instruction

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Derek Bok Center for Teaching at Harvard - additional resources on remote instruction.


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Attendance Reminder for Fall 2020

Students will continue to be responsible for all coursework, though suitable accommodations will be available when necessary. Students who are sick should not attend class. They should contact their faculty member as well as the Student Health and Wellness Center for guidance. If a student is required to quarantine or isolate, they can work with faculty and their chairs to continue their work to stay on track with their coursework remotely. If severely ill, the student's department chair will work with Student Affairs to determine the best options for the student.

First Day of Class Online

The first day of class will set the overall tone for the rest of the semester even when online. 

Below are our top recommendations! Don't let class be just a "Syllabus Day." We recommend holding your first class synchronously on zoom. 

  1. Message in advance. If meeting with students via Zoom for the first, email them in advance and give them the day + time and link to your Zoom room.
  2. Log into zoom a little early so you are there to greet students when they enter.
  3. This first day, make sure to note students listed on your roster. If anyone is missing, make sure to let your department know.
  4. Review not only the syllabus, but also how you have organized your course in the Nest. Go through the layout and ask for questions.
  5. Review course expectations specifically so students are aware of how you plan to operate your class.
  6. Check-In with students, will they be taking your course remotely? Are they in a different country?
  7. Do a virtual ice-breaker to help build community and get the students interacting with you and each other.

Face Coverings + Enforcement

Face coverings must be worn by all students on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings (e.g., elevators, common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face coverings (disposable, cloth, or other types) is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not show symptoms or feel sick.

Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Otis College reserves the right to ask anyone to leave campus immediately if they do not have a face covering or refuse to wear a face mask/covering. Safety and Security will be able to provide face coverings if someone does not have one.

If a student refuses to wear a face mask/covering or is not in possession of one in your classroom/studio, please follow these steps:

  1. Ask the student to leave your classroom or studio and wait in the hallway or somewhere outside of the classroom/studio.
  2. Call Safety and Security at 310-665-6965, and let them know you have a student who does not have a mask/or refuses to wear a mask, , and ask them to assist- give them the student’s name and ID number if you have it.
  3. Safety and Security will respond, and address the student in person, and offer a disposable mask.
  4. If an individual continues to refuse to wear a mask on campus, they will be escorted off campus by Safety and Security officials until they are able to wear a face mask/covering.
  5. If a student refuses to wear a mask, they will be reported through the Student Conduct Reporting form for failure to comply with the directives of College officials.
  6. Student Conduct office will follow up immediately, and the student will not be able to be on campus until they have complied. Parent/Family Contact may be made at the discretion of the Dean of Student Affairs.

If students are unable to wear a face-covering due to health reasons, please refer them to Student Health and Wellness Center to discuss this more in detail.

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