Academic Resiliency Checklist for Transitioning from Face-to-Face to Hybrid or Online

Viruses, sick days, power outages, smoke days, etc … There may be times that you will need to pivot your face-to-face course to be hybrid or completely online. If this happens, the most important thing is to maintain the quality and rhythm of your in-person course. You can do that be adhering to SMC’s Academic Resiliency Checklist:

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Checkbox 1. Get acquainted with how and where to receive general IT and Educational Technology support.

• Email the servicedesk@stmarys-ca.edu,
• Call the Service Desk at (925) 631-4266,
Submit a ticket via the ITS Self Service Portal,
• and get to know the Technology Services Available from Off Campus.

Checkbox 2. Know how to contact your students via Moodle's Announcements or QuickMail and/or text messages.

You may have already exchanged personal phone numbers with your students. However, it’s best to use Moodle’s messaging tools, Announcements or QuickMail.

Checkbox 3. Make sure your syllabus states the technical requirements students need to connect online successfully.

This includes a stable internet connection, a laptop, tablet or smartphone with a webcam and microphone that is updated to the latest operating system and, at least, two different browsers, starting with the Chrome browser, updated to the latest version.

Checkbox 4. Ensure your Moodle course site is up to date and contains all course resources and activities, including:

Content and resources, such as the syllabus and course readings,
Moodle Assignments or TurnItIn Assignments for students to submit their completed “papers”,
Forums for asynchronous online discussion,
Quizzes to assess student learning,
GradeBook to maintain student grades,
• and much more. Refer to Faculty QuickStarts for all of the above.

Checkbox 5. Add a Zoom video link in your Moodle course site.

Plan to connect via Zoom for every class meeting. For example, if your class normally meets MWF, 10-11am, you should keep the same schedule and hold class online and synchronously via Zoom.

Checkbox 6. Make certain that course materials in your Google Drive have been shared with your students.

If your course site contains links to files in your Google Drive, confirm that you have shared those files. Otherwise, you will receive many “Request Access” emails from your students.

Checkbox 7. Check with Student Disability Services (SDS) for guidance on making online course material accessible.

SDS strives to ensure that qualified students with disabilities are provided equal access to all SMC programs and activities. They achieve this by reducing obstacles and environmental barriers for students that impact learning by providing individual accommodations, assistive technology, and programming to students.