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Instructional Continuity Training and Support

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 Fall 2020 Instructor Emergency Distance Ed Training Flyer  (Phase 2: runs June 1st - July 31st)​​​

​The above options are Emergency Training only, participants will make partial progress to full COS Online Teaching Certification that can be completed at a later date.  Faculty can request enrollment in the complete certification course by emailing and adding "full certification" in the subject line.  Faculty in the full Online Teaching Certification course will have until July 31st to complete the course​.

Office Hours to assist with making content available in alternative formats and training coursework​:  (FLEX Approved)
Days Time ​By Phone ConferZoom Room
​Monday, Tuesday, Saturday
​​10:00am – 12:00pm​​N/A
Wednesdays1:00pm – 3:00pm (559) 737-6132
8:00am - 10:00am
(559) 737-6132

Need a different time? Email Dr. Natascha Chtena ( or Dr. Nolan ( to set-up an online appointment. ​

What is Instructional Continuity?

Instructional continuity refers to the college's and faculty efforts of continuing course work despite and during disruptions due to weather, illness, ​or other factors. For the latest information from COS regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) refer to

What are the strategies for maintaining Instructional Continuity? 

Strategies for maintaining Instructional Continuity include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making plans for communicating with students
  • Considering possible adjustments to assignments
  • Ensure your class content is accessible to you off campus (i.e. move content to OneDrive)
  • Implementing technologies such as Confer Zoom, and/or Canvas.

What can faculty do to prepare for emergencies and train for maintaining Instructional Continuity? 

We believe that Instructional Continuity and day-to-day teaching and learning can be mutually supportive through the utilization of the teaching tools available at COS.

​​Instructional Continuity Preparation Checklist for Faculty

Issues to Address Possible Solutions

Establish a mode of communication to use in case of an emergency.

  • Ensure students all have access to and are aware of this communication method before any ​disruption to instruction.

MyGiant Email

Make your syllabus available digitally.

MyGiant Email

Decide how you will distribute documents and readings during a disruption.

  • Become familiar with the process of making PDFs from hard copies.

Create PDF using Division Copiers/Printers

Designate a centralized online place to collect student submissions.

  • Keep in mind your or your students may have little access to computers and/or internet
  • Make as much content and submissions mobile friendly

MyGiant Email
OneDrive Shared Document

Think about how you would continue class discussion in the event of a disruption.

  • All COS employees who need a ConferZoom account submit a ticket to at any time and make sure to request a Pro account (best option if you are not using ConferZoom already and don't plan to integrate in Canvas).
  • Integrate into Canvas by going to your course > Settings > Navigation > Drag “ConferZoom" up to course navigation

MyGiant Email

Consider capturing your lecture content for students to watch remotely.

Upload Cell Phone Video (not recommended for Canvas)

Identify an option for holding class and/or office hours virtually.

Canvas Conferences

Think about how your methods for evaluating student learning could be moved to a digital space.

  • Students upload video of labs
  • Send kits home with students
  • Simulations done online

Canvas Quizzes
OneDrive Forms

Settle on an option for providing students with grades and feedback on their work in the event of an emergency.

MyGiant Email

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ConferZoom Support

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ConferZoom Account and Support.pdf

OneDrive Support