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Sample Communication Plans
Dear (Course Name and Number) Student,
As you know, Las Positas College has temporarily suspended in-person classes as a preventive measure in response to the COVID-19 (Corona) virus outbreak. We do not know how long this situation will last but we are taking steps to continue the spring semester with as little disruption as possible. To that end, LPC is moving most of its face-to-face classes (including this one) to an online format until further notice. This means that our class will not meet on campus for any reason (lecture, quizzes, exams, office hours) for at least the next two weeks and possibly longer. I realize that switching to an online class midway through the semester will be a challenge – for you as well as for me – but I’m certain that we can work together to make this class a success.
What You Need to Do:
- Your first step is to access the Canvas course shell for this class. Do this by going to the LPC home page and clicking on the “Canvas” link. If you are unfamiliar with Canvas you should go to the LPC home page and click on the “Online Instruction” link. This will provide basic login steps and other support services.
- Once you access the Canvas shell for this class, familiarize yourself with the course content and functions of the learning platform. As this course is a work in progress, be prepared for it to look different, with new areas being populated with materials, each time you log in. Be sure you know what is expected of you (including due dates) by referring frequently to the syllabus and assignments page. If you have a question about the class please communicate with me through Canvas or campus email. If you have a technical question, please contact online learning support (email and phone number posted on LPC webpage).
- Ensure access to adequate technology and internet service. If you do not have access to a computer and/or internet access, you are welcome to come to campus in order to access the course. All campus services remain open for students, including the Library, Tutoring Center, and other student support services.
- Understand whether the online course you are taking is synchronous (at the same time) or asynchronous (not at the same time). A synchronous course requires students to log into canvas on specific days and at specific times in order to participate in the class; in other words, students are expected to be "present" online during class hours. An asynchronous class does not require students to log in at a particular time. Rather, an asynchronous class allows students to complete assignments at any time so long as they are completed by a due date. Our (Course Name and Number) class is ________________.
How I Will Communicate with You:
- You can email me through Canvas or my LPC address at any time. Please allow for a
24-hour response time Monday – Friday.
(Below are some ideas for faculty depending on how they are organizing their class, and depending on whether it is synchronous or asynchronous)
- I will be using “Announcements” and the Canvas inbox to communicate important course information and updates. You may expect 1-4 such announcements each week.
- I will participate via comments and feedback on Discussion Boards.
- I will post lectures on Canvas for you to watch and complete assignments based on them.
- As this is a synchronous class, I will teach/lecture during our regular class time of (TIME) on (DAYs). I will be taking attendance; you will be expected to participate as though this class were still face to face.