Suggested Practice Exercises

You may find it helpful to test your preparedness, and that of your students, to use alternate forms of instruction. We suggest that you perform the following:

  • Send students a welcome email that contains your contact information. Tell students to save this email in a safe place. Maintain a copy for your own records. This ensures that students have your contact information. NOTE: You can use Moodle Announcements to email the entire class.

  • Download a list of student email addresses for your classes via MyOxy → Acad Info & Advising → Advising tab → Class lists to ensure you have students' contact information. These lists are automatically updated through the semester as students add or drop the course.

  • Post an assignment in Moodle. This will give you and your students a chance to become familiar with an environment that you may use if classroom instruction must be interrupted.

  • Use BlueJeans video conferencing to schedule a meeting, phone call, or class activity such as a guest speaker to familiarize yourself with the interface. Include a note in your syllabus with a link to joining a call on a computer or on a mobile device or show students briefly that this is one of the tools you may use as part of the class. This will give you and your students a chance to become familiar with an environment you may use if classroom instruction must be interrupted and Moodle is also unavailable. 

  • Post a class assignment in Google Drive and require your students to upload their assignments using a Google Form (private student submissions) or a Google Document or Google Drive folder you share with them to enable further work or collaboration.  This will give you and your students a chance to become familiar with an environment that you may use if classroom instruction must be interrupted and Moodle is also unavailable.