Academic Continuity FAQs
- What is Academic Continuity?
Academic Continuity refers to the continued delivery of Learning Objectives at Clemson University in the event of all or parts of any instructional site locations being closed and/or unavailable.
- What is eLearning?
eLearning is a term to describe online or virtual instructional methods and modalities that can be employed everyday or during an Academic Continuity exercise or unplanned event where all or parts of any instructional site locations are closed.
- Are faculty able to use an Academic Continuity eLearning Day for inclement weather or other temporary closures?
No, academic continuity eLearning solutions are to be reserved to manage long-term disruptions to the academic calendar only. The Provost’s Office will notify faculty in the event the situation has escalated to enacting academic continuity plans.
- How should faculty communicate with students about Academic Continuity?
Faculty should communicate detailed instructions on how to access the eLearning platform, or other alternative teaching method, by providing details in the course syllabus, and communicating specific information during an Academic Continuity situation.
- Should students who are participating in out-of-classroom settings, such as clinicals or placements in the field, continue their assignments as usual?
Students involved in these activities should receive direction from their faculty and supervisors at clinicals or field placements. If you do not receive direction, you should contact them for instructions.
- What should faculty do for labs and other hands-on activities?
When possible, labs and other hands-on activities should be delivered in the eLearning environment. Virtual assignments can include the following: a overview and review lab safety, a virtual tour of the teaching lab environment, an overview of projects and expectations for lab reports, and/or background reading for lab activities that will commence the following week.
- I understand that Canvas is the University-recommended Learning Management System for eLearning, but I am unfamiliar with this tool. What resources are available to me to learn more?
- How do other institutions approach Academic Continuity?
Please refer to this Google Doc with links to Academic Continuity resources from other institutions.
- How can we handle research labs?
This Research Lab Health Plan was prepared by the Provost’s Office to facilitate discussions and as inspiration for PIs at Clemson University.
- What if faculty have specific questions about Academic Continuity?
Please contact your associate dean.
- What if I have technical issues?
Please contact CCIT at ITHELP@clemson.edu or call the Help Desk at (864)656-3494.