Academic Task Force Potential Class Disruption Info

-March 6, 2020-

Dear IHP Faculty and Staff,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to quickly evolve, we would like to provide a set of guidelines and resources to help you make the necessary arrangements should your classes and related activities be disrupted. A crucial aspect of the Institute’s response to COVID-19 is to be ready for a 14-day or longer campus closure and the ability to quickly shift all instruction to an online environment. This plan aims for there to be no break in course implementation, including didactic classes, exams, and support services. As with all interruptions to our usual operations, such as snow day closures, we want to maintain (as much as we can) the quality of our students' educational experience in the Institute.

Online Course Implementation

Faculty have access to a considerable set of teaching resources unique to moving teaching online.

Faculty Compass provides a series of resources developed by our Instructional designers, instructional technologists, librarians, and information technology staff to support all teaching modalities. The first link below is to the entire section while the second link takes you directly to the “Teaching” section.

Snow Day GuideThis guide was developed in the winter of 2015 when the Institute was closed for nine days within a five-week period. This guide provides a “Preparation Checklist” describing how to develop a communications plan for each course, move your course materials into D2L, prerecord lectures or hold class at your currently assigned time using ZOOM, develop online tests, and collect course assignments.

Student Accommodations: As you prepare to move your course(s) online it is important to note that current student accommodations pertain to all modalities of teaching and learning. If you need assistance please contact the OSAS Accessibility Office.

Reaching Out for Support: The most important resources available to faculty are the staff within the library, instructional design, instructional technology and Information technology departments. All of their respective contact information is in the Snow Day Guide.

Clinical Education 

Each program/department will develop its own plan for alternate clinical experiences and/or clinical make-up, based on the needs of the students and accreditation/licensing standards. Leadership in each program/department will contact faculty to make specific arrangements. Look for communication early next week; it will also be discussed at upcoming departmental meetings.

The Institute has set up three task forces: an academic task force, an administrative task force, and a communications task force. This email focused on the work of the academic task force in preparing for a scenario where the Institute needs to close the physical campus and move all academic activities to an online environment.

Earlier communications generated from the other two task forces related to travel restrictions, protocols for returning to the Institute following a flu-like illness, general planning information, and Partners system-wide communications can be found on the Institute’s COVID-19 web page, Information is updated routinely and is a reliable resource for students, staff, and faculty. 

We know that such an event will be disruptive to students, staff, and faculty, but proactive planning will facilitate the continuity of teaching, learning, and research. We thank you for your willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues in your department/program to create contingency plans. Please watch the IHP website daily for updates and continued information. 


Elaine Tagliareni, EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing, Professor

Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT, BScHP
Dean and Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

IHP Communications

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