Welcome to the Online Learning Group’s Snow Day site. Here you will find tips & tricks for keeping your class running even when campus is closed. Feel free to Contact Us if you’d like personalized attention.

Have you kept class going when campus was closed? We’d love to hear your stories, ideas, or thoughts on the topic on our Community Posts.

Please note: Students may not be aware that they are expected to continue coursework when campus is closed.  There may be circumstances where a student is unable to participate (i.e., loss of electricity), so be sure to make allowances for missing the online class or assignment(s). During an emergency closing, make your unit head aware if you are conducting the class online. Consider adding personalized directions to your syllabus Emergency Insert (copied below).

Benefits of Class Continuity: Many faculty find that rescheduling classes due to weather and other emergencies is often problematic. Finding appropriate times to meet is always difficult and often course materials lose continuity when topics are revisited at a later date.

Emergency Preparedness Syllabus Insert

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In the event of a declared pandemic (influenza or other communicable disease), American University will implement a plan for meeting the needs of all members of the university community. Should the university be required to close for a period of time, we are committed to ensuring that all aspects of our educational programs will be delivered to our students. These may include altering and extending the duration of the traditional term schedule to complete essential instruction in the traditional format and/or use of distance instructional methods. Specific strategies will vary from class to class, depending on the format of the course and the timing of the emergency. Faculty will communicate class-specific information to students via AU e-mail and Blackboard, while students must inform their faculty immediately of any absence due to illness. Students are responsible for checking their AU e-mail regularly and keeping themselves informed of emergencies. In the event of a declared pandemic or other emergency, students should refer to the AU Web site (american.edu/emergency) and the AU information line at (202) 885-1100 for general university-wide information, as well as contact their faculty and/or respective dean’s office for course and school/college-specific information.