This blog post is part of a series to help you build an online course quickly. It is for people who are preparing to launch their third trimester in course that they thought would be F2F but will begin instead as an online course, those looking ahead to intensive May terms, and those who had planned to teach in person in the summer or fall but now find their F2F classes will be online. To follow along, begin by framing your course, selecting your materials, and choosing your assignments. We now shift to writing the policies for your syllabus? Why–given that writing your assignments is actually more important? Because, in a worst-case scenario, you can start a course without the assignments written, but you need to have your syllabus available to students BEFORE the first day of class so they see if it’s a good fit for them.
FERPA, the federal law that guards student privacy, prohibits me from discussing your performance in this class with anyone except you without your permission, which must be on file with the university, not simply told to me.
To ensure compliance with this law, I will not respond to emails from students unless they originate from university email addresses.
Out of respect for the privacy of your classmates, do not record or screenshot any part of this class for use outside of this class, even if you omit identifying information about the speaker or poster. You may not circulate or share images, clips, or other course materials with individuals who are not enrolled in this class. Doing so is a serious violation of our class ethical code and will result in a charge of academic misconduct.
Still Life with Broken Glass by Claesz Heda (1642) shows an overturned dish, a broken glass, and peeled citrus fruit. Sharing course content outside of the class breaks the trust of classmates.