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Keep Calm and Teach On

Tips to Keep Teaching during Campus Disruptions

This page was designed to support the University's online delivery of the curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic, weather-related delays or closures, and other significant campus disruptions. The University has also prepared a companion site called Keep Calm Work On for the members of the Butler community working from home during campus disruptions. 

Consider sharing the Keep Calm and Study On LibGuide with your students.

General Resources for Pivoting to Online Teaching

The Butler community has shown great resilience and flexibility in response to the sudden shift to online emergency remote teaching that occurred during Spring 2020 and the move to more online courses and socially distanced in-person classrooms this academic year.

Even after we are able to return to in-person courses at full classroom occupancies, there may still be a need to quickly switch between teaching modalities in response to campus closures or disruptions.

The following resources have been created and compiled to help you develop a framework to pivot between modalities as the need arises.

For specific technology or design questions, search ask.butler.edu.

Enroll in the Pivot Pedagogy course for access to training resources including:

View CAT’s Training page for additional training resources and 24/7 vendor support options.

View CAT’s Resource pages 

Visit the Library's Events page for a full list of library services and support during campus disruptions.

Make Your Online Course Content Accessible

External Resources

Request Additional Tools in Canvas

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard set of specifications for allowing third party learning applications to integrate with educational platforms. Third-party LTI integration allows the application to connect to Canvas. Before submitting your request, view the list of LTIs that have either been approved or requested.

All new tool requests for Canvas LTIs must go through the LTI approval process. The approval process for each tool will include reviews for Functionality, Accessibility, Security, FERPA, Legal, Cost, as well as other factors.

Resources for Music & Performance

Explore ways to adapt music and performance courses into an online format on the Remote Teaching Strategies for JCA LibGuide.

Resources for Science Labs

Some types of labs and lab instruction may be able to move online with limited loss of fidelity. Science instructors are encouraged to explore the following resources:

Preparing for Your Final Exams

Equipment Considerations

In order to reliably deliver instruction off-campus, it will be prudent to use suitable technology equipment. Consider the following recommendations:

  • Reliable Internet & Capable Computer: See IT’s Keep Calm Work On page for recommendations.
  • Audio and/or Video Capacity: For audio and/or video recording, it is strongly recommended that you use a high-quality USB mic/headset combo (such as the Logitech H390) as well as a webcam (most laptops already come installed with webcams). For an affordable USB doc cam, consider the IPEVO V4K

CAT stocks the Lending Library with these devices, so consider checking out equipment before purchasing. (Note that depending on the campus disruption, checkout times may be delayed or cancelled.)

NOTE: Contact IT at ask.butler.edu if you feel your equipment or internet connectivity is not sufficient to teach remotely.

Center for Academic Technology (CAT) Staffing and Support

In the event of an extended campus disruption, CAT staff will likely work remotely but continue to provide ongoing support via telephone, email, and web conferencing with Zoom. 

Academic Technology Support

For Academic Technology Support, faculty should email or call CAT as usual. Note: CAT Equipment checkout service will be temporarily unavailable or limited during a campus closure.

Instructional Design Support

CAT is staffed with two Instructional Designers who are available to consult with faculty to implement quick tips and best practices for course design, facilitation, rubrics, and assessment. For Instructional Design Support, faculty should email or call the instructional designers to request a consultation.