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Hege Library & Learning Technologies

For Faculty: Instructional Continuity

This guide gives instructors a rundown of strategies that can help ensure instructional continuity during situations that might interrupt instruction such as severe weather events, campus closures, and the like.

Tools for Synchronous Virtual Class Sessions

These tools can enable virtual class meetings (as well as virtual office hours, an exam review session with an instructor or a TA, or even student presentations): simply let your students know when and where to "meet up" virtually.

Run through this "Teaching a Live, Online Session" checklist from OLC for some considerations to keep in mind/check out beforehand, and some resources to take in.

Google Meet/Hangouts


Step-by-step instructions for logging into Zoom, and additional Zoom walk-through information and videos are available on our guide to Zoom.

We have set up a Canvas integration; you will need to enable Zoom in your course menu from the Settings Navigation page.  You can then setup meetings that students can access from within your Canvas course.

For any questions about or issues with Zoom, please put in a Help Desk ticket at or email

Phone Calls

If a student does not have Internet, but has access to a phone, you could conduct coursework with them via the phone.

Students can also call in to many video conferencing meetings (including via Google Meet/Hangouts and Zoom) by phone, using the phone number provided. You would just need to verbally describe things you share on the screen (presentations, etc.).