Online Classes: Guidance for faculty

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March 11, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As communicated by President Davies earlier today, Central Michigan University is asking faculty to use remote methods to continue the learning experience for each student beginning the week of March 16 and continuing until April 6.

This decision is in response to preparation for the potential impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our campuses and community. A CMU coronavirus updates website has been created and is updated regularly. The CDC and U.S. Department of Education continue to monitor and recommend potential solutions to provide continuity of instruction.

We, as a university community, are committed to protecting the health and safety of each person. The president’s letter to the CMU community highlights that commitment and the actions we are taking. Thank you in advance for shifting your instruction style to use available technology to continue to provide education to our students.

Here is some guidance as we move classes to an online format:

  • Making course materials and assignments available through Blackboard is strongly encouraged (each course already has a shell developed) as this makes it easy to manage the distribution of materials and assignments to all students in your course.
  • You can find information on best practices for using technologies remotely to maintain learning continuity on the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support’s website.
  • If you are unfamiliar with these technologies, please contact CIS at or 989-774-3615 for assistance, or ask colleagues who use online teaching methods and learning management systems for their advice and wisdom.
  • We are evaluating classroom experiences such as labs and performance classes, and the university will provide specific guidance in the coming days. Guidelines will be reviewed daily and updates and/or modifications will be shared as more information becomes available.
Faculty who have additional questions or concerns, please contact Faculty Personnel Services at

There is, understandably, much concern surrounding the coronavirus globally and locally. We are working to monitor this rapidly changing situation and quickly adapt our operations accordingly, and we will continue to keep our campus community updated as new information is available. Thank you for your support of our students as we work through this time.

Dr. Mary C. Schutten
Executive Vice President/Provost