Alfred University Emergency Teaching Plans for Suspension of On-Campus Activities

AU has decided to suspend on-campus activities as a result of Covid-19. For the remainder of the semester, courses will be taught online. To provide guidance during this transition, Information Technology Services and AU's Online Learning Coordinator are recommending that faculty select one of four possible teaching plans.

All Faculty Should Consider the Following:

  1. The Learning Objectives of each course
  2. The content yet to be covered
  3. Required assignments

NYSED Time on Task Requirement

The New York State Education Department Time on Task Requirement states that students should spend approximately 45 hours of learning time per credit, regardless of delivery method.

To meet this requirement, the learning objectives and content covered MUST be the same as if the course continued to be taught on campus. The assignments may be adjusted for online delivery.

Below is a brief summary of each proposed plan. All of the plans rely on the use of Canvas.

Option A: For faculty who do not currently use Canvas

  • A course shell template will be copied into your courses
  • Template will include placeholders and labels indicating where content should be placed
  • Instructions will be provided
  • This option can only be applied to Canvas courses that are currently empty

Option B: For faculty who use Canvas and will finish the semester fully online

  • An online course checklist will be provided (based on legal guidelines for accessibility and NYSED Time on Task)
  • Instructions will be available for Canvas tasks

Option C: For faculty who use Canvas, but prefer a real-time meeting option

  • Canvas Conferences tool
  • Instructions will be provided, along with a training video
  • It is recommended that all real-time meetings take place at the regular class time
  • Course Content and Assignments should be available in Canvas

Option D: For faculty who have previously taught online during Allen Term or Summer Term

  • Follow the guidelines that you use when you teach online

There will be a large group information session that outlines each of these options and provides information for legal compliance for teaching online. There will be drop-in hours in 306 Perlman Hall and in 110 Herrick Library, during which faculty are welcome to work on building their courses; assistance will be available. Watch for communications in Alfred Today and from the Provost’s office regarding dates and times.

More more information, please visit AU's Emergency Online Faculty Support page.