Academic Continuity Plan for Teaching and Learning

For the latest campus conditions, please refer to emergency.pepperdine.edu.

Overview

This page has been established to address the challenges and possible solutions of continuing coursework if meeting with students face-to-face is not possible. As extreme weather, natural disasters, or other unexpected events can disrupt scheduled courses, the tools and strategies described here can minimize the effects of those unexpected situations.

All faculty members should prepare for the possibility of an interruption to face-to-face instruction. This includes proactively communicating detailed instructional plans, expectations, and alternative instruction strategies in their course syllabi.

Instructors may wish to consider:

  • Having electronic copies of text material readily available
  • Encouraging all students to try a web conferencing tool during the first few weeks of class
  • Setting up additional instructional materials in Courses

For additional information, please see the emergency teaching and learning resources listed below.

Table of Contents

Strategies

Tools

Training

Support

Strategies

Best Practices for Online Teaching

As the instructor, you will have several options to continue instruction in the event of a campus closure. These can include live or synchronous class sessions, where you hold class remotely through phone or web conferencing options. You could also provide self-directed study options through asynchronous activities like readings, recorded lectures, forum discussions, or other possibilities. As the subject matter expert, you will review your learning objectives and specific teaching goals and align these with appropriate activities for academic continuity.

You may also find these resources helpful:

 

Tools and Resources

COMMUNICATION

Email

Purpose: Quickly contact all enrolled students through email.

Class Distribution Email Lists

Courses Announcements

Courses Messages

Live/Synchronous Discussion

Purpose: Communicate in real-time with students remotely.

Google Meet (up to 50 participants with phone conferencing)

Zoom (up to 100 participants with phone conferencing)

Adobe Connect (up to 100 participants)

Courses Chat (text-based instant messaging with a class)

Freeconferencecall.com (up to 1000 participants by phone)

Self-Directed/Asynchronous

Purpose: Provide self-directed discussion activities.

Courses Forums (facilitate class discussion)

Courses Blogs (facilitate student reflection and class comments)

Courses Lessons Student Pages (facilitate student reflection and class comments)

Courses Lessons Comments (facilitate class discussion about lesson content)

Courses Wiki (facilitate collaborative content creation)

COURSE MATERIALS

Lectures or Readings

Purpose: Provide self-directed learning content.

Courses Lessons (create structured learning content, embed videos, and link to activities)

Courses Resources (post files and web links, such as PowerPoint or PDF files)

Google Drive (post files, such as PowerPoint or PDF files)

Library Reserves

Library Resources

PowerPoint Recording (record a lecture and post to Courses or Google Drive)

Quicktime Screen Recording for Mac (record a lecture, courtesy of Dr. Christopher Heard)

Web Conference Recording (Adobe Connect or Zoom and then share link or post MP4 to Google Drive)

 

NOTE: In the event of a campus emergency, the Courses class site quota will be increased from 1 GB to 10 GB to allow additional storage of content. Google Drive offers unlimited storage for documents.

ASSESSMENT

Papers, Quizzes, or Tests

Purpose: Assess student learning.

Courses Assignments (Assign, receive, and grade student papers; option for Turnitin)

Courses Tests & Quizzes (Schedule and grade online exams or quizzes)

Courses Gradebook (Share grades and feedback on student performance)

  

Training

CONSULTATIONS

Schedule a Consultation

Technology and Learning Team (All schools for Courses, Adobe Connect, Turnitin, Zoom, and more)

GSEP Support (Qualtrics and other GSEP resources)

LawTech Team (ExamSoft, TWEN, other Law School resources)

PGBS Support (VoiceThread, Qualtrics, Yammer, Camtasia Relay, other PGBS resources)

Seaver Support

DOCUMENTATION

Faculty Guides

Courses

Google Drive

Adobe Connect

Google Meet

Zoom

Freeconferencecall.com

Turnitin

WEBINARS

Webinar Offerings

View a Schedule of Webinars

Pepperdine Help App on Courses (Sakai)

Step-by-step guidance for specific tools is available within Courses (courses.pepperdine.edu) and can be accessed through the "Pepperdine Help" App at the bottom right corner. 

Sakai Pepperdine Help Tab Image

 

LIVE ONLINE TRAINING SESSIONS WITH TECHLEARN (Scheduled as needed)

Date & Time

Training 

Meeting Room 

 Dial-in

(Optional)

 Meeting ID

 TBA

 TBA

 TBA

 TBA

 TBA

 

 

Support

STUDENT SUPPORT

 All Students

Purpose: Technical Support for all University Students

https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/students/

FACULTY SUPPORT

Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP)

Contact: Submit a Ticket to GSEP

Phone: 310.568.5600

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (PGBS)

Email: pgbshelp@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.568.5644

School of Law (SOL)

Email: support@law.pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.7425

School of Public Policy (SPP)

Email: tyler.luedke@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.4029

Seaver College

Business

Email: Bronson.Somerville@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.4231

Communication

Email: Sara.Fernandez@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.4731

Fine Arts

Email: Terence.Anderson@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.7381

Humanities & Teacher Education

Email: Terence.Anderson@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.7381

International Studies & Languages

Email: Zornitsa.Ivanova@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.7949

Natural Science

Email: Zornitsa.Ivanova@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.7949

Religion & Philosophy

Email: Christopher.Low@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.6512

Social Science

Email: Christopher.Low@pepperdine.edu

Phone: 310.506.6512