Continuity of Learning


UMass Lowell encourages faculty and staff to plan instructional activities to ensure the continuity of learning in situations in which in-person class sections are cancelled.  This site is intended as a resource for faculty, staff, and students ensure the progress of teaching and learning.  The goal is to maintain the delivery of instruction as much as possible in order to minimize the disruption of student progress.

Teaching during an unexpected disruption to face-to-face classes requires flexibility, creativity, and preparation. The information on these pages is designed to help instructors prepare to continue teaching in the case of campus closure.

For updated student information, please visit the Student page

Step 1:  Plan for Continuity of Learning
We recognize that the process of moving an in-class course to a virtual setting is not trivial.  To start the process, we suggest that you read a recent essay from The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start.  The article asks you to reflect on your class and how you currently deliver content and interact with students.  This will help guide you to building a course that can be taught online, even asynchronously.  
Specifically, the article asks:  What do you normally use your in-class time for? Try to define what you do in class at a higher, more goal-oriented level (e.g., presentation of content, checking for understanding, collaborative project work — instead of just saying “lecture,” “quiz,” “discussion”). If you keep those goals in mind, you will have a better idea of how to achieve those goals online, as well as what aspects of the in-class experience you ought to focus on simulating.  In particular, this mini-reflection should help you decide whether to go with a synchronous means of engagement (e.g., a real-time Collaboration or Zoom meeting), an asynchronous one (e.g., Collaboration, Zoom, Lecture Capture, or PPT video), or some combination of the two. An introduction to those tools can be found in Step 2 below.Please consider attending one or more of our “just in time” technology webinars to get your questions answered quickly.
Furthermore, we have a listserv dedicated to teaching excellence. If you haven’t already joined and would like to engage with your colleagues around strategies and questions about supporting distance learning (or any teaching-related issues), join the Teaching Excellence listserv: If you are already a member of the listserv, you can send an email to TEACHING-EXCELLENCE@LISTSERV.UML.EDU to start a conversation.  We know there are a lot of faculty that are comfortable with teaching online and would be more than willing to share their expertise.

Move now to “Step 2” and choose the appropriate technology.