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Teaching and Learning During a Pandemic

Overview session Friday, September 11 2009 from 1 PM to 2 PM in Voss Kovach Hall 221.


IDS consultants are available to assist you in developing ways to more flexibly adapt your courses, activities, assignments, and assessments to accommodate for potential disruptions to learning. Please contact LeAne Rutherford (lrutherf, 6207) or Shelley Smith (ssmith3, 7715).


Amanda Evans and Bruce Reeves are available to meet with you starting the week of Monday, September 14. We can meet with you in any of the following formats:

Starting the week of September 28, we have targeted workshops scheduled.

Overview Session

According to UMD's Pandemic Influenza Response Plan: "The University will make all reasonable efforts to continue its teaching mission during an H1N1 influenza outbreak with the goal of enabling students to continue to make progress in their studies and to complete their academic programs in a timely manner. Instructors, individually and with their colleagues, should create strategies for instructor teaching and student learning to continue should student and/or instructor absenteeism increase possibly to levels that severely disrupt the teaching mission of the University."

Initial Teaching Considerations: Flexibility, Flow, & Simplicity

Possible Options for Course Completion

You may be able to teach your class as initially planned if you are able to allow for a more fluid schedule. However, some activities will need to be altered no matter how fluid your schedule. When considering an option, start with the simplest one that will suffice.

A number of electronic tools are available for you to use that may help. Below we have chosen a few to assist basic class communication. Depending upon your needs you may want to look at the facultEtools for more options. For questions or help with educational technology please contact Amanda Evans (218-726-7680) or Bruce Reeves (218-726-6831). LeAne Rutherford (218-726-6207) and Shelley Smith (218-726-7715) at IDS can also help provide ideas about making curricular decisions.

Below is a list of a few of the basic eTools we suggest you choose to assist your course delivery and communication as they can be used to enhance your course for those who are ill and unable to attend class.  You may also be able to use some of these tools if you are ill yourself.


Thunderbird, Outlook, OSX Mail: Although you may use webmail the amount of email you will have is more efficiently handled with an email program like Thunderbird, Outlook, or OSX Mail.

Configuration guides and programs

Class list and class email alias:

Your class list is the official list of students enrolled in a class. The class email alias allows you to easily email all of your students using one email address.


You may keep an electronic gradebook online that your students may access to check grades. Request eGradebook.


facultEtools is a collection and overview of all the educational technology tools offered by the University.


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