Can you be Flexible?

Once you understand your students’ circumstances, consider how flexible you need to be in your approaches to instruction to accommodate student circumstances. For example, are deadlines flexible? Are lectures/zoom sessions recorded for viewing by students that can’t make it? Can you provide options/alternatives for students?



  1. Start your course with an ice breaking activity.
  2. Keep the number of modules in your course between five and nine.
  3. Avoid dates and term-specific references within the course content, use the course schedule for that, so that the next time you teach the course it will be less work to update. 
  4. Use rubrics to facilitate feedback/grading.
  5. Consider areas of your course for class community activities (where students can meet each other and talk about non-course-related issues.)
  6. Consider how you will handle private communication with students.
  7. Consider mechanisms to create and archive class/course announcements, responses to frequent student questions, and reusable student feedback.
  8. Create a “culminating activity” for your course that brings closure to the course and elicits feedback from students that may be used for future revisions.

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