In support of Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) Comprehensive Emergency Plan, Appendix F, Eastern Online and Instructional Technology and Design (ITD) are prepared to support academic contingency operations.
In case of partial or full campus closure EWU’s online course platform, Canvas, is available to supplement teaching and learning to support continued academic operations. Prior to campus closure, the ITD team is prepared and available to assist faculty in preparing for continued academic operations using Canvas and other educational technology tools.
In case of a full campus closure, Eastern Online will not support in-person proctoring. Please consider other options for proctored assessments such as ProctorU or Respondus Monitor. Please refer to https://www.ewu.edu/online/resources/proctoring/ for more information.
Preparing for Academic Contingencies
ITD has prepared and made available on the ITD webpage, and in Canvas, support guides with clear step-by-step guidance on using Canvas tools or other available educational technology. These guides include how to use the Canvas Quiz tool.
Work with the ITD team to transition appropriate content and activities to Canvas.
The most important aspect of moving your classes to an online classroom is communication. Stay in communication with your students. EWU email, Canvas Inbox (email), and Canvas Announcements are several ways to quickly and effectively keep your students informed.
General Pre-Emergency Planning Tips
- Download student contact information from Eaglenet should you need to get in touch with your students.
- Send your students a welcome email that includes your contact information, and your instructions for academic contingencies. Suggest that they hold on to the message until the end of the course in case they need to get in contact with you.
- Remind students to download or print a copy of the syllabus.
- Backup copies of any prepared teaching materials from your work computer and/or copy to your EWU Google drive. Access to files on the EWU network may not be easily accomplished from off campus.
- If you have not yet used Canvas, self-enroll in our moderated/facilitated Introduction to Canvas course. The course will show you the basics of Canvas, such as navigation and use of some of the tools.
- Contact the Instructional Technology and Design team for assistance on moving/creating appropriate content and activities to Canvas.
Contacting Instructional Technology and Design During Campus Closures
The best way to contact the ITD team is via the IT Help Desk. Should the Help Desk not be available, the next option is to contact us directly. Email is the fastest way to reach out for help: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff will respond to all emails and Help Desk tickets as soon as possible.
Please refer to the University's Coronavirus Information page - www.ewu.edu/coronavirus